In my constant researches for the Public Domain PDF Page I’ve just come across this seemingly heretofore unknown factoid about August Derleth:
He reviewed, and praised, his own book under a pseudonym.
Here is the review from page 126 of Thrilling Wonder Stories, April 1940:
The name “Eldon Heath” is an obscure pseudonym for Derleth, who used several, it turns up only two entries on ISFDB.org, one for the review above, and the other for a story entitled “Joliper’s Gift” (published in Strange Stories, April 1940).
Note in the original publication of “Joliper’s Gift” that Heath is author of “The Missing, A Visit From The Stars, Etc.”
I could find no evidence that such stories as “The Missing” of “A Visit From The Stars” were ever published.
Yet, in combing through the copyright records, under “DERLETH, AUGUST. – 1940” I came across this renewal claim:
“R413659. Joliper’s gift. (In Strange stories, Apr. 1940) © 1Feb40”
In the review of his book Derleth calls himself ‘a popular writer in his own right’ and gives himself a deserving “big hand” for the “perfect job” he has done.
Using pseudonyms in pulps was a very common practice, but I’ve never before seen an author reviewing his own book under a pseudonym.
Posted by Jesse Willis