by Ramsey Campbell
Dust jacket by Frank Utpatel
Limited Edition Hardcover - $250.00
OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER
Arkham House, 1964; 207 pp.; limited to 2000 copies. First Edition.
The Inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome Tenants is a collection of fantasy and horror short stories by British author J. Ramsey Campbell, who dropped the initial from his name in subsequent publications. It was the author's first book. The stories are part of the Cthulhu Mythos. Campbell had originally written his introduction to be included in the book The Dark Brotherhood and Other Pieces under the title "Cthulhu in Britain". However, Arkham's editor, August Derleth, decided to use it here (retitled "A Word from the Author").
The stories utilise such settings as Brichester, Goatswood and Clotton - Campbell's equivalent English invented locales comprising the Severn Valley (Cthulhu Mythos), based upon Lovecraft's invention of such locales as Arkham, Dunwich, and Kingsport. The title story introduces Campbell's fictitious book of occult lore (similar to Lovecraft's Necronomicon, The revelations of Glaaki (see Books of the Cthulhu Mythos).
Book is solid and clean, without bumping; corners are sharp; black binding cloth is clean, shiny, and unblemished; gilt lettering on spine is clean and shows typical age darkening; pages are clean and bright.
Dust jacket front is clean, bright, unblemished and unchipped; flaps are clean and bright with original price ($4.00) unclipped; rear cover is clean and bright.
Overall, this is a fine copy of the book in a fine dust jacket.