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Re: CHAT: Sax Rohmer

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Friday, September 8, 2000, 22:20
Leo Caesius wrote:

> (BTW, I'm sure that someone here has some idea where Lovecraft's fragments > of languages originated - but I don't have the foggiest.
Neither does anyone else, except for a few names. "Abdul Alhazred" (which is not well-formed Arabic, as it contains two consecutive articles) was a name devised for Lovecraft at the age of five by a relative, and probably echoes "Hazard", the surname of Lovecraft's mother. The "Atlantean high-priest Klarkash-Ton" is Clark Ashton Smith (double-barreled surname), a friend of HPL's. Similarly "Bho-Blok" is Robert Author-of-"Psycho" Bloch.
> I'm unfamiliar with the work of Dorothy L. Sayers.
Ah, what delights await you. Go thou and read the Peter Wimsey mysteries, from _Whose Body?_ to _Busman's Honeymoon_ (plus the posthumous collaboration _Thrones, Dominations_). -- There is / one art || John Cowan <jcowan@...> no more / no less || to do / all things || with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein