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Cassie Symmes
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by Cassie Symmes

Preface by H.P. Lovecraft (ghosting for Frank Belknap Long)

Edited and annotated by David Goudsward; Foreword by Bobby Derie

In 1928, Mrs. William B. Symmes gave her family and friends 300 copies of her 32-page travelogue. The book's printer was amateur pressman W. Paul Cook and his Recluse Press imprint.

Mrs. Symmes' nephew Frank Belknap Long is credited for the preface, actually ghostwritten by H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft proofread the book for Cook, and may have edited it as well. The involvement of Cook, Long, and Lovecraft transforms an unremarkable travelogue by Cassie Symmes into one of the rarest of Lovecraft-related publications.

Bold Ventures Press proudly presents a new edition, edited and annotated by Lovecraft scholar David Goudward. It is illustrated by photos and period postcards, and includes a foreword by pulp scholar Bobby Derie.