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1976 and all that

I was given to think, on winning that award, of the first World Fantasy convention I ever attended, the second one held, in New York City in 1976.  I had published a couple of fantasy and/or SF novels by then.  I note that Fritz Leiber won the Lifetime Acheivement award.  L. Sprague de Camp was nominated for a Lovecraft biography.  (He got a Lifetime Achievement award in 1984, at the age of 104 (at a guess)).  I remember him illustrating for us how to say the word or sound Cthulhu.  He'd heard Lovecraft say it, and knew.  I met Evangeline Walton (Lifetime Achievement Award 1989) there.  An elegant elderly lady in a dark suit who was blue.  Entirely dark blue.  Her skin I mean.  (It was later explained as a side effect of medication cointaining silver nitrate, which did not diminish the initial effect.)  I first met Tom Disch there.  I also noticed a weird small man with bullet head protruding from outsize shirt collar, mistied tie, jacket sleeves nearly covering his hands -- just the fingers poking out -- and knowing that Gahan Wilson was there I thought Oh my god -- that must be him -- looking exactly like one of his own creations.  But no, Wilson turned out to be a dapper together fellow:  the other was just one of his models.  Harlan Ellison said to a crowd of fans, "It's all a substitute for getting laid.  I bet over half the males in this room are still virgins.  NO NO don't raise your hands!..."   De Camp and I had a genealogical chat about our joint connection to the Lyon family (my mother's) and it's connection to the Bowes-Lyons (the late Queen Mum.)  Altogether an extraordinary and certainly fantastical occasion.

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benpeek
Nov. 6th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
how'd lovecraft pronounce cthulhu, if you don't mind me asking? i've heard two versions of it: one with the c, and one without.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 6th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
i'm curious to know this as well. i've heard the "official" way somewhere or another on the internet...interested how a second (or third, actually) hand account compares to it.

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joculum
Nov. 6th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
that chthonic fellow
I too have read (decades ago in an Arkham House anthology) the claim that Lovecraft's approved pronunciation was something like "koot-ul-oo," but August Derleth, perhaps on the model of "chthonic," pronounced it "thooloo."

So what was the pronunciation pronounced on this occasion?
undyingking
Nov. 6th, 2006 09:51 am (UTC)
how'd lovecraft pronounce cthulhu

Very quietly and cautiously.
chelseagirl
Nov. 6th, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)
Re. Walton: Seriously? In one of Wilkie Collins' more obscure novels, the hero has turned blue due to a medication and the heroine (who is blind but regains her sight temporarily) has a horror of anything dark.

There is a reason why it's one of his more obscure novels, but I honestly thought he was making the blue part up. Wow.
jess_ka
Nov. 6th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, btw. I was there and was pleased.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 6th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
Rather Elegant Thimble!
mattboggan
Nov. 6th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
Lyon? Sorry... but that sounds French
Okay I leave.

Don't want to brag too loud about being Fench (don't want to brag at all, by the way). Yet. Lyon. It's the name of the second biggest city in France (after Paris, of course). Is this Lyon family from Anglo-Norman origins?

Okay. I know what I'll do: I'm going to convince Michel Le Bris (head of the Saint-Malo book fair) to give you the Etonnants Voyageurs Award.

But wait -- you don't go to award ceremonies, even when it's a Lifetime Achievement?

Damn!
(Anonymous)
Nov. 6th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
congratulations and question
congratulations... there,

and the question:

is the 4th book really in print? will it be soon?

(oh, and I don't think you can properly pronounce HIS name unless you have a fair amount of tentacles protruding from your mouth)

-some guy from Chile.
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