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Robert M. Price (born July 7, 1954) is a Mississippian by birth, lived in New Jersey for most of his life, and has recently resettled in North Carolina. After early involvement in a fundamentalist Baptist church, he went on to become a leader in the Montclair State College chapter of the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. Having developed a keen interest in apologetics (the defense of the faith on intellectual grounds), Bob went on to enroll at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he received an MTS degree in New Testament. Billy Graham was the commencement speaker.  
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Robert M. Price was the editor of the magazines [[Crypt of Cthulhu]], [[Cthulhu Codex]], and [[Midnight Shambler]].
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It was during this period, 1977-78, however, that Bob began to reassess his faith, deciding at length that traditional Christianity simply did not have either the historical credentials or the intellectual cogency its defenders claimed for it. Embarking on a wide program of reading religious thinkers and theologians from other traditions, as well as the sociology, anthropology, and psychology of religion, he soon considered himself a theological liberal in the camp of Paul Tillich. He received the Ph.D. degree in systematic theology from Drew University in 1981.  
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Robert M. Price (born July 7, 1954) was born in Mississippi, lived in New Jersey for most of his life, and has recently resettled in North Carolina.  
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After some years teaching in the religious studies department of Mount Olive College in North Carolina, Price returned to New Jersey to pastor First Baptist Church of Montclair, the first pastorate, many years before, of liberal preacher Harry Emerson Fosdick. Price soon enrolled in a second doctoral program at Drew, receiving the Ph.D. in New Testament in 1993. These studies, together with his encounter with the writings of Don Cupitt, Jacques Derrida, and the New Testament critics of the Nineteenth Century, rapidly eroded his liberal Christian stance, and Price resigned his pastorate in 1994. A brief flirtation with Unitarian Universalism disenchanted him even with this liberal extreme of institutional religion. For six years Bob and Carol led a living room church called The Grail. Now, back in North Carolina, he attends the Episcopal Church and keeps his mouth shut.
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Robert Price discovered the works of [[H. P. Lovecraft]] in 1967. In 1978, he read the Necronomicon Press journal ''Lovecraft Studies'' and decided to submit an article, “Higher Criticism and the Necronomicon", which editor S.T. Joshi accepted.
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Robert M. Price is Professor of Biblical Criticism at the Center for Inquiry Institute as well as the editor of The Journal of Higher Criticism. His books include Beyond Born Again, The Widow Traditions in Luke-Acts: A Feminist-Critical Scrutiny, Deconstructing Jesus, and The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man. Forthcoming titles are The Crisis of Biblical Authority, Jesus Christ Superstar: A Redactional Study of a Modern Gospel, The Da Vinci Controversy and The Amazing Colossal Apostle.
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In 1981, he attended the regional weekend horror convention at Roger Williams College in Rhode Island, called  NeCon, and met the "Providence Pals", the gang who put together Necronomicon Press publications, including S.T. Joshi, publisher Marc Michaud, illustrator Jason Eckhardt, writers Don and Mollie Burleson, Peter Cannon, and fan editor and collector Ken Neilly. They told him about the [[Esoteric Order of Dagon]] Amateur Press Association and suggested he join. All it required was putting together a few pages of HPL-related material for the mailing list every three months. This was the inception of [[Crypt of Cthulhu]]. Price's mother, Mable Price, a retired typist and executive secretary, once a high school yearbook editor, joined him in his hobby. The zine was a bizarre miscegenation; half Lovecraft Studies rip-off, half humor magazine, a “pulp thriller and theological journal.”
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Price decided to send out free copies to some big names in the field of Lovecraft scholarship and latter-day Lovecraftian fiction. Before long, the letters pages became the equivalent of a modern computer message board where unknown fans could trade barbs with their favorite authors. Price was able to persuade a number of those authors to contribute fiction and articles to the mag. He soon began writing his own horror stories, most of them Mythos pastiches.
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''Crypt of Cthulhu'' functioned very much like the old fanzines contemporary with Lovecraft and his generation, like [[The Acolyte]], [[Fantasy Magazine]], and [[The Phantagraph]]. Lin Carter ([[Spaceteer]]) took an active interest in ''Crypt'', and before long a bunch of New Jersey and New York fans had begun meeting every other Saturday at his Manhattan apartment for the New Kalem Club. Sometimes the ancient Frank Belknap Long would make his way across the city for the meetings. 
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Price went on to edit Lovecraftian fiction anthologies, such as ''Tales of the Lovecraftian Mythos'', in 1990, followed many years later by ''The New Lovecraft Circle'' and ''Acolytes of Cthulhu''. In the mid 1990s he began publishing the revived [[Midnight Shambler]], and released eleven issues.
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He branched out to other publishers, including Arkham House, for whom he put together ''Flowers from the Moon and Other Lunacies'', a collection of rare early Robert Bloch pulp tales. Price is now working with new publishers including Mythos Books, Die, Monster, Die! Books, Lindesfarne Press, and Hippocampus Press.
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===Zines===
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*[[Cthulhu Codex]]
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*[[Crypt of Cthulhu]]
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*[[Midnight Shambler]]
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===Contributions===
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*[[Al-Azif]]
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*[[Cthulhu Cultus]]
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*[[Deathrealm]]
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*[[Lore (Heather/O'Leary)|Lore]]
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*[[Nyctalops]]
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*[[Revelations from Yuggoth]]
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==External Link==
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*[http://www.robertmprice.mindvendor.com Robert M. Price on line]
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Robert M. Price was the editor of the magazines Crypt of Cthulhu, Cthulhu Codex, and Midnight Shambler.

Robert M. Price (born July 7, 1954) was born in Mississippi, lived in New Jersey for most of his life, and has recently resettled in North Carolina.

Robert Price discovered the works of H. P. Lovecraft in 1967. In 1978, he read the Necronomicon Press journal Lovecraft Studies and decided to submit an article, “Higher Criticism and the Necronomicon", which editor S.T. Joshi accepted.

In 1981, he attended the regional weekend horror convention at Roger Williams College in Rhode Island, called NeCon, and met the "Providence Pals", the gang who put together Necronomicon Press publications, including S.T. Joshi, publisher Marc Michaud, illustrator Jason Eckhardt, writers Don and Mollie Burleson, Peter Cannon, and fan editor and collector Ken Neilly. They told him about the Esoteric Order of Dagon Amateur Press Association and suggested he join. All it required was putting together a few pages of HPL-related material for the mailing list every three months. This was the inception of Crypt of Cthulhu. Price's mother, Mable Price, a retired typist and executive secretary, once a high school yearbook editor, joined him in his hobby. The zine was a bizarre miscegenation; half Lovecraft Studies rip-off, half humor magazine, a “pulp thriller and theological journal.”

Price decided to send out free copies to some big names in the field of Lovecraft scholarship and latter-day Lovecraftian fiction. Before long, the letters pages became the equivalent of a modern computer message board where unknown fans could trade barbs with their favorite authors. Price was able to persuade a number of those authors to contribute fiction and articles to the mag. He soon began writing his own horror stories, most of them Mythos pastiches.

Crypt of Cthulhu functioned very much like the old fanzines contemporary with Lovecraft and his generation, like The Acolyte, Fantasy Magazine, and The Phantagraph. Lin Carter (Spaceteer) took an active interest in Crypt, and before long a bunch of New Jersey and New York fans had begun meeting every other Saturday at his Manhattan apartment for the New Kalem Club. Sometimes the ancient Frank Belknap Long would make his way across the city for the meetings.

Price went on to edit Lovecraftian fiction anthologies, such as Tales of the Lovecraftian Mythos, in 1990, followed many years later by The New Lovecraft Circle and Acolytes of Cthulhu. In the mid 1990s he began publishing the revived Midnight Shambler, and released eleven issues.

He branched out to other publishers, including Arkham House, for whom he put together Flowers from the Moon and Other Lunacies, a collection of rare early Robert Bloch pulp tales. Price is now working with new publishers including Mythos Books, Die, Monster, Die! Books, Lindesfarne Press, and Hippocampus Press.

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