AuntiePam: THANK YOU! Borges writing a Lovecraft-style story? That is TOO delicious! Luckily, I dropped forty bucks two years ago for the Viking edition of Borges’ COLLECTED FICTIONS…I’m going to read “Brodie’s Report” posthaste!
divemaster: As one serious Arkham collector to another, I recommend you find a copy of Sheldon Jaffery’s THE ARKHAM HOUSE COMPANION (Starmont House, 1989). It’s an excellent reference guide.
THE LURKER AT THE THRESHOLD was published as a stand-alone novel in 1945; the full text is included in your copy of THE WATCHERS OUT OF TIME (1974). If you’re a completist, you’ll want the original 196-page book (the going price in 1989 was $105.00), if you just want to read the story, you’ve got it already.
THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS and BEYOND THE WALL OF SLEEP contained all of HPL’s fiction and poetry, plus prose poetry, some revisions and collaborations, and unused story ideas from the Commonplace Book.
By 1963, both books were long out of print and already getting high prices from collectors. So Derleth decided to do the four books I cited above, as new editions of the complete Lovecraftiana. I have firsts of those four, too, and damn glad I am of it. But my reading copies are…
In 1985, Arkham did the “corrected sixth printing” of DUNWICH HORROR. It should really have been called the “First Edition thus.” The contents are identical to the 1963 edition, but it is the first of an authoritative, corrected set of Lovecraft’s fiction.
"The short opening notes by S.T. Joshi explain the rationale behind this edition, which contains the original text of many stories as derived by Joshi from his consultation with the original manuscripts or typescripts themselves. Where the originals were unavailable in the John Hay Library of Brown University, Joshi has reverted to the version as it appeared in WEIRD TALES.
“Robert Bloch…has contributed an introduction which briefly re-examines the role of Lovecraft…in horror fiction. The original Derleth introduction has been omitted.”
– Jaffery, op. cit.