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World Fantasy Convention. 1st World Fantasy Convention - Front. October 31, 1975 - November 2, 1975. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 22, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/1729/show/1727.

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World Fantasy Convention. (October 31, 1975 - November 2, 1975). 1st World Fantasy Convention - Front. Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/1729/show/1727

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Title 1st World Fantasy Convention
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  • World Fantasy Convention
Date October 31, 1975 - November 2, 1975
Description A progress report and membership form for the 1st World Fantasy Convention.
Donor Fritz Leiber; Justin Leiber
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Science fiction, American
  • Fantasy fiction, American
Subject.Topical (TGM-1)
  • Meetings
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  • Leiber, Fritz, 1910-1992
  • World Fantasy Convention
  • Bloch, Robert, 1917-1994
  • Wilson, Gahan
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  • Providence, Rhode Island
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  • fliers (printed matter)
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1984-003, Box 57, Folder 36
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Transcript 1ST WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION October 31-November 2,1975 Holiday Inn, Providence, Rhode Island A convention devoted to and honoring fantasy fiction. Robert Bloch, Guest of Honor Gahan Wilson, Toastmaster-Artmaster For altogether too many years, devotees of fantasy and supernatural horror have had to gather within other forums, chiefly that of science fiction. And, while works of fantasy do win the Hugo or Nebula awards from time to time, it comes rather as a reminder that we1 re dealing with two different genres. The two genres sometimes do overlap, and they do have things in common, but a key appraisal is that, had they lived, it is unlikely that H. P. Lovecraft or Robert E. Howard would ever have won either a Hugo or a Nebula. And the same fate seems to be evolving for certain more contemporary major writers whose work is broadly classified as science fiction but which nevertheless remains something else. That something else can be broadly labeled as fantasy, and the time is at hand to recognize it as a separate entity. For those who love this unique field, 1975 is the time to gather together and honor its creators. Plans are in motion for bringing to the convention as many of the remaining authors of the WEIRD TALES school as is possible, as well as newer writers and artists in the field. It is planned and felt that the major attraction of this convention will be meeting the authors. Also planned are bus tours of LovecraftTs Providence emphasizing the sites utilized by HPL in many of his stories, exhibits and tie-ins with Brown University, panel discussions, and talks by the writers. Although this convention is planned as a yearly event to spotlight the whole spectrum of fantasy writing, by reason of the setting, the emphasis this year will obviously be on H. P. Lovecraft, probably the most important and influential author of supernatural terror literature in this century. ItTs hard then to think of a better choice as Guest of Honor than Robert Bloch, one of the finest and most powerful creators of fantasy and also one who knew and appreciated the master of Providence Plantations for what he was as writer and extraordinary individual. Our Toast- master is a great stroke of good fortune, too. Millions of people whose chief interests lie outside of this field know and delight in the cartoons of Gahan Wilson. He!s one of America1 s foremost humorists. He is also a gifted author of uncanny stories in his own right and anyone who has read his column of reviews in FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION can vouch for his credentials as one who deeply cares about fantasy fiction. The overall plan of the convention is to focus on the serious side of fantasy literature. Fritz Leiber recently reflected on one of the effects of his correspondance with Lovecraft: 11 •' . . I became convinced that the supernatural horror story and the fantasy (and the sword- and-sorcery story) are as much high art as any other sort of fiction. . . . tf That's exactly the guiding light of belief for this convention: to gather for serious exploration into, and discussion of, fantasy art. Here, with no disrespect mean't to anyone, this is definitely not a convention for fans of Star Trek, science fiction per se, comicbooks, horror movies, etc., and no emphasis or catering to those subject areas will be made. Only those interested in the literature of the supernatural are urged to attend. The intent is to honor, in a way it never has before, the kind of works Mr. Leiber speaks of above. To that end, there will be a banquet-luncheon on Sunday, November 2, 1975, and awards will be given out for works in this genre for: life-work, best novel, best short work, best book other than novel, and best artist. The award, with a cash prize to go with it, will be a bust of H. P. Lovecraft, specially created by Gahan Wilson.