The Lovecraft series continues with another secondary revision.
C. M. Eddy, Jr., like Lovecraft, lived in Providence, Rhode Island, and I’ve talked a bit about him before.
Raw Feed (2005): “Ashes”, C. M. Eddy, Jr. [and H. P. Lovecraft], 1923.
With this story, it’s pretty obvious we’re in the “secondary revisions” section of the collection.
This story is very un-Lovecraftian in its 1920s’ slang and story of a man, working for a mad scientist, worried that said scientist has killed the game girl (She’s great in chemistry as well as beautiful!) with his superacid.
The biter-bitten plot has the scientist — whose malevolent motivations are unexplained — disolved in his own acid and the implications of his invention utterly unexplored.
As Joshi’s textual notes state, Lovecraft’s hand in this tale was very light. Eddy was a writer of many pulp stories solo.
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