Tuesday, March 22, 2011

April R. Derleth dies, Arkham House publishing suspends all sales

April R. Derleth, the president and CEO of Arkham House publishing, died March 21 at the age of 56. The Web site of Arkham House notes that all sales and unfulfilled orders have been temporarily suspended.  April was the daughter of August Derleth, who was the first person to publish H.P. Lovecraft and who also contributed significantly to the Cthulhu mythos.

August once wrote that "Though it was not immediately foreseen, Arkham House had its inception in the death of Howard Phillips Lovecraft on March 15, 1937." There is no word yet on what will happen with the company.

Arkham House has a long history of horror publishing and has worked with authors such as Ray Bradbury and Greg Bear. The Web site describes the company as: 
AH published its first book, The Outsider and Others by Lovecraft, in 1939.  More than sixty years and 200 books later, Lovecraft remains on the center stage of its success while introducing fans to new authors to the world of the macabre, fantasy, and horror.  New authors like John D. Harvey (The Cleansing) bring exciting energy to readers while keeping the integrity of the mission set forth by AH’s founders.  The works presented by AH over the years would excite the likes of Lovecraft and his fellow pulp fiction authors.


  1. I'm saddened to hear it. I met April when I was in Sauk City and liked her a lot. Here's to her memory.

    Ramsey Campbell

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