- Bishop, Zealia Brown Reed
- (1897–1968).Revision client and correspondent of HPL. Samuel Loveman introduced her to HPL around 1928. She wished to write romantic fiction, but HPL attempted to steer her toward weird or serious mainstream work. HPL ghostwrote “The Curse of Yig” ( WT, November 1929) in 1928 from a plot synopsis and a questionnaire pertaining to the Oklahoma setting for the story; “The Mound” (December 1929– January 1930) and “Medusa’s Coil” (May 1930) were written from brief plot-germs (HPL’s synopsis for the latter survives in AHT). WTrejected “The Mound” when it was submitted by Frank Belknap Long, who was acting as Bishop’s agent; Long then abridged the text, but it was again rejected. The stories, having been rewritten by August Derleth, appeared in WT (“The Mound” in November 1940; “Medusa’s Coil” in January 1939). The corrected texts were not published until HM . The three stories were published in The Curse of Yig(Arkham House, 1953), for which Bishop wrote an error-filled memoir, “H.P.Lovecraft: A Pupil’s View” (rpt. LR).
An H.P.Lovecraft encyclopedia. S.T. Joshi, David E. Schultz.