Although H. P. Lovecraft is famed mostly for the influential body of short fiction he left behind, he was also one of the most prolific correspondents of his time, the author of more than 100,000 letters. Undiscovered and unpublished until now, The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men is the last letter that Lovecraft wrote, finishing it just days before his death on March 15, 1937. This edition features extensive notes from the editor, Gabriel Blackwell.
Praise for the Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men:
"Gabriel Blackwell is a madman. He channels the eldritch paranoia of H.P. Lovecraft so well that this book practically shudders in your fingers. Come to read the 'last letter' of the Master from Providence, Rhode Island but stay for an introduction to Gabriel Blackwell, a master in the making. The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men is literary gamesmanship of the highest order and a damn good companion in the darkest hours of the night."
-Victor LaValle, author of The Devil in Silver and The Changeling
"It's difficult to know if Blackwell is a sharp editor, a stone-faced ventriloquist, someone possessed by the ghost of Lovecraft, or all three. The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men is a startling investigation of the evanescence of the self. It's not so much that it will leave you changed as that it will leave you nameless and wandering."
-Brian Evenson, author of Immobility and Song for the Unraveling of the World
"What if Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire was about H. P. Lovecraft? That would be weird! Okay, now what if Pale Fire was written by H. P. Lovecraft? Pardon me?! Yes! the weird has been of increasing interest to the academic and the avant-garde these past two decades, and Natural Dissolution is one of the best examples of this syncretism."
-Nick Mamatas, author of I Am Providence and Sabbath
"The Natural Dissolution is a puzzle-box, yeah. It's also elegiac and indelibly human. . . . It's a masterpiece."
-Adrian Van Young, review for Bookslut
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