“Notes on Writing Weird Fiction“
- Essay (1,490 words); probably written in 1933. First published in Amateur Correspondent(May–June 1937); also in Supramundane Stories(Spring 1938) and in Marginalia;rpt. MW.Presumably written during HPL’s revaluation of the weird classics in the summer and fall of 1933, the essay propounds HPL’s evolved theory of weird fiction as the attempt to “achieve, momentarily, the illusion of some strange suspension or violation of the galling limitations of time, space, and natural law.” It also presents a summary of HPL’s own methods for writing stories, in which he advises the creation of two synopses, one listing events in order of absolute occurrence, the other in order of their narration in the story. The first three publications of the essay derive from three slightly differing manuscripts; the first appearance is probably preferable.
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