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Tales of Magic and Mystery

Entry updated 21 August 2012. Tagged: Publication.

US Pulp magazine published by Personal Arts Company, Camden, New Jersey and edited by Walter B Gibson. It ran for five issues, December 1927 to April 1928. A weird fiction/occult magazine published partly to take advantage of Gibson's connections in the world of stage magic and particularly with Howard Thurston (1869-1936), for whom Gibson ghost-wrote several so-called true experiences starting with "The Miracle Man of Benares" (December 1927), and Harry Houdini, about whom Gibson wrote several features. Otherwise the magazine would normally be of little interest except that it published "Cool Air" (March 1928) by H P Lovecraft, a Poe-esque story which considers how a body might be kept alive by the cold. This one item has made an already rare magazine highly collectible. [MA]


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