"I never knew Derleth face-to-face, but we had much friendly correspondence. He was an indefatigable worker--if he had worked longer on a story, he might have written fewer and better stories. He pestered me into gathering and revising WHO FEARS THE DEVIL?, in which he had great and encouraging faith. I felt that he was a loss when he died, as a publisher, writer, and friend."
- Manly Wade Wellman, interviewed by Jeffrey M. Elliot (1980), from FANTASY VOICES 10
As you can see, this Derleth-edited collection was quite good for the time. It was also the first "mass-market" publication of HPL's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, so I like having it just for that. Derleth and Arkham House changed the face of horror/weird lit forever by giving readers a quality publishing house they could look to which was dedicated to their interests.
Frederick J. Mayer, author, artist, poet and weird scholar, had this to say yesterday on the 46th anniversary of Derleth's death...
On this day, August Derleth passed on. So many are so wrapped up with the Derleth-Lovecraft thing that it is sadly much overlooked, among other stuff, that August was very good friends with Clark Ashton Smith! Derleth helped put CAS material into hardback, kept Smith's name in the public's eye, so to speak, supported him financially when Clark really needed funds (including buying many a CAS piece of art), placed Smith artwork upon many an Arkham House publication, heck, even mentioned Clark Ashton Smith/Klarkash-Ton within his own short stories & so much more! August Derleth, we thank you, appreciate all that you did and for being such a fantastic individual - you are missed indeed.