H.P. Lovecraft, L.C. Spinks, C.M. Cartwright
125pp. Paper. $15.95.
“… except, of course, for The Erotonomicon …” — Gerald Steward, Canadian Fandom
The erotic diary of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft (1890–1937), The Erotonomicon created a scandal when it was first published in 1952. This is probably because it describes Lovecraft engaging in various sex acts (but which acts? Lovecraft describes them only in code: the Ablo Ritual, the Aklo Password, Zaristnatmik’s Ebony Box, etc.) with boys, some of them strangers to him, others his friends and fans.
Lovecraft’s readers, whose numbers had been growing all through the 1940s and 50s, abandoned him in droves when The Erotonomicon came out. They called for his books to be burned in the public square, thrown from the sides of ships in international waters, etc. Then The Erotonomicon was declared obscene by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and nearly every copy of it was destroyed. Nearly: in October 2012, we got our hands on one, and the present edition is a faithful reproduction, complete with L.C. Spinks’s original notes, along with new notes and an introduction by the renowned Lovecraft scholar C.M. Cartwright.
Black Hour Books’s edition of The Erotonomicon will be published on April 15, 2017. Contact us to pre-order your copy now.