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Author Information: Frank Belknap Long

 
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(1903-1994) Attended New York University in 1920-21, but influenced by an early friendship with H. P. Lovecraft, Long opted to forego formal education and become a free-lance writer, selling his first story to Weird Tales at age 21. The resulting career would span 60 years and heavily influence that body of fiction which floats above the three legged stool of Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction.

Long's early arrival on the scene and his attachment to, what would become, a legendary figure in H. P. Lovecraft, prompted Jeff Elliot, in an interview for Fantasy Newsletter, to ask about Long's pivotal position: Frank answered, "If, in your youth, you devote all of your creative energies to a still largely unplowed field, you'll reshape it to some extent, and, occasionally, here and there, if you're very lucky, to a pivotal extent."

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