First published in The Cavalier, January 11, 1913, Fishhead (aka Blood-Brother Of The Swamp Cats) is something of an ancestor to H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth.
In a letter published the same year, a 22-year-old H.P. Lovecraft, wrote, regarding Irvin S. Cobb’s short story Fishhead:
“It is the belief of the writer that very few short stories of equal merit have been published anywhere during recent years.”
Later, when composing his long essay, Supernatural Horror in Literature, Lovecraft described Fishhead as:
“banefully effective in its portrayal of unnatural affinities between a hybrid idiot and the strange fish of an isolated lake, which at the last revenge their biped kinsman’s murder.”
Posted by Jesse Willis