From what I've read HPL exclusively published (or at least submitted) his works to periodicals and magazines. Were any of his works primarily published, primarily as a book?

  • How long do you mean fo a novel? Some of his stories are over 100 pages in length. – Tango Apr 2 '12 at 22:39
  • It's not the length but the form of publishing. To my knowledge the longer stories of his were published in chapters in periodicals such as Weird Tales. – AncientSwordRage Apr 2 '12 at 22:50
  • @Pureferret, it is important to understand that at this time in literary history fantasy and science fiction were considered low-brow kids-stuff, but never-the-less consumed by adults too. They were a lot like comic books were until recently. The old pulps were often the only way to get the stuff published at all, regardless of quality. – DampeS8N Apr 3 '12 at 3:30
  • @DampeS8N I'm quite aware of that, and in fact some/most of his tales from what I've read were rejected several times before being published in the pulps (correct term?). This is why I'm so curious about this particular part of his publishing history. – AncientSwordRage Apr 3 '12 at 7:57
  • The wiki entry for The Shadow Over Innsmouth says that's the only novella which was published during his lifetime which did not appear in a periodical. Is this the kind of thing you mean? – Thom Brannan Mar 9 '13 at 6:34

According to his bibliography on Wikipedia, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and The Inevitable Conflict¹ are the closest you'll find.

It was first published after his death in the Weird Tales periodical, but has since been republished as a novel.

Here's two of the covers it's had:

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¹I can't seem to find much information on The Inevitable Conflict, but it appears to also have been first published in another periodical. One site claims it may not have even been written by Lovecraft.

  • This cover is confusing. Wiki lists it as a novella, but I thought it was worth pointing out. – Meat Trademark Jan 20 '14 at 18:41
  • @MeatTrademark I know little about "novel", "novella", etc, but Wikipedia indicates that the Italian word "novella" is the source of the English word "novel" – Izkata Jan 20 '14 at 19:15
  • @Izkata - In English the distinction is just length - a novella is short compared to a novel but longer than a short story. It might take several issues in an SF magazine to appear, but still be too short to bind alone into a book as a stand-alone novel. The CD Ward novel is very short. – Oldcat Jul 23 '14 at 0:10

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