There’s an argument that had there been no August Derleth, there would be no H.P. Lovecraft. It was Derleth who devoted his life to promoting the genius that was H.P. Lovecraft.
August Derleth was a writer, anthologist, and editor, best remembered as the first book publisher of the writings of H. P. Lovecraft. August Derleth also contributed to the Cthulhu Mythos and provided many stories to the cosmic horror genre. He was the founder of publisher Arkham House. Derleth was also a leading American regional writer of his day, as well as prolific in several other genres, including historical fiction, poetry, detective fiction, science fiction, and biography.
It’s also important to note that Derleth was a 1938 Guggenheim Fellow. August Derleth considered his most serious work to be the ambitious Sac Prairie Saga, a series of fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction naturalist works. It was designed to memorialize life in the Wisconsin he knew. Derleth was certainly a pioneering naturalist and conservationist in his writing.
“The Fisherman of Falcon Point” is a story from the fantasy, horror, and memoir anthology “The Shuttered Room and Other Pieces”. The story while written by August Derleth was inspired by H. P. Lovecraft’s notes. It was released in 1959 by Arkham House.
Who is the fisherman of Falcon Point? What secret has he learned casting his nets?