by Zelia Bishop
Dust jacket by Ronald Clyne
Limited Edition Hardcover - $150.00
OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER
Arkham House, 1953; 175 pp.; limited to 1200 copies. First Edition.
The Curse of Yig is a short story by H.P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop in which Yig, "The Father of Serpents", is first introduced. Bishop supplied the story idea and some notes, paying Lovecraft to flesh it out in 1928. It could be said the tale was "ghost-written"; however, others class it as a "collaboration". Bishop then sold the story under her own name to Weird Tales magazine. It was published first in the November 1929 issue (volume 14, number 5) on pages 625-36. It was the first of three tales Lovecraft wrote for Bishop, the others being "The Mound" and "Medusa's Coil".
Based in Oklahoma around 1889, a newly arrived couple learn about the local legends surrounding a "Snake God", Yig, who takes vengeance on anyone who kills a serpent by killing them or turning them into a half-snake monster. The husband has a snake phobia which isn't helped by the wife disturbing a nest of rattlesnakes.
The husband and wife practice various rituals to keep Yig away, but in the end it fails, and in fear the woman kills her own husband in the dark, thinking he is Yig. She is taken to an asylum, and dies there... but not before giving birth to a half-snake creature.
Book is solid and clean; black binding cloth is dull with minor wear; gilt lettering on spine is age darkened; pages are clean and bright; former owner's name in black ink on inside top of front board.
Dust jacket front is clean and bright, with minor wear and rubbing; small chips and wear at top and bottom of spine and at top and bottom of front fold; flaps are clean and bright with original price clipped; rear cover is clean and bright.
Overall, this is a good copy of the book in a good to very good dust jacket.