I attended last weekend’s NECRONOMICON in Providence, RI, and lived to tell the tale!
It was a great time filled with seeing old friends, making new ones and lots of Lovecraftian frivolity! I had a small table in the dealer’s room where I sold a few copies of both SARGASSO and HODGSON and spoke with a lot of people about ol’ WHH and various Hodgsonian things. A great time was had by all.
On Sunday, I was honored to be part of the panel, “THE OTHER GUYS”, where I and several other scholars talked about some of Lovecraft’s contemporaries. I spread the word about Hodgson as much as possible but, in such a short time period, I had to be brief. It’s my hope that the panel, and my presence in the dealer’s room, will lead to other’s picking up Hodgson’s work as well. A number of interesting topics were brought up during the weekend and, as a result, I have a few other Hodgson projects in mind for the future. For one thing, I was frustrated because when someone would stop by the table and mention that they’d heard about Hodgson but never read him, I didn’t have any of WHH’s works for them to buy! Nor, did I notice, did anyone else in the dealer’s room. It’s hard to encourage people to read an author when you don’t have anything there to back it up with! This is something I will have to work on for the future.
As a result of the convention, my stock of copies of SARGASSO and my book of essays, HODGSON, have been depleted. However, I still have a limited number of each available for anyone who either missed the pre-order or couldn’t attend the convention. I actually have only 30 copies left of SARGASSO (out of a 150 copy print run) and this issue will not be reprinted. It can be ordered for $20 plus $5 s&h in US or $10 s&h foreign. As for HODGSON, I only have 10 copies of that book left which is $10 with same s&h rates. I will happily autograph either copy if desired. The reaction to SARGASSO has been very favorable which encourages me to continue on with a second issue for next year. Anyone interested in contributing should contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and paypal payments can also be sent to that yahoo email.
There is much work left to do on Hodgson so let’s get to it!