The Alchemist

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The Alchemist
Issue 5 February 1941
Cover Art by J. Allen St. John

The Alchemist was a science fiction and fantasy fanzine edited by Charles Ford Hanson, Lew Martin and Roy V. Hunt (1915-1986) and published by Charles Ford Hanson in Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.

Seven issues of The Alchemist were released, the first in February 1940 and the last in the Winter of 1947. It was a mimeographed fanzine containing articles, stories, and poetry of a fantasy bent. The editors were all founding members of the Colorado Fantasy Society.

Cover art work was by Hannes Bok for the Summer 1940 issue (#3). His illustrations also appeared in the December 1940 (#4) issue and the February 1941 (#5) issue. Art by Roy Hunt (The Gorgon), Damon Knight (Snide), and J. Allen St. John also appeared in the fanzine.

Also included in the February 1941 issue is "A Visit with Margaret Brundage" by Forrest Ackerman (Voice of the Imagi-Nation, Novacious); Margaret Brundage was the illustrator of many Weird Tales magazine covers.

Written contributions included Forrest J Ackerman, Ray Bradbury (Futuria Fantasia), Carl H. Claudy, James Daugherty, August Derleth, writing on the publishing of H. P. Lovecraft's "The Outsider", Myrtle Douglas (Morojo) (Stephan the STFan, Voice of the Imagi-Nation, Guteto), Roy Hunt, Robert W. Lowndes, with an essay entitled "Dead End", Otis Adelbert Kline, A. Merritt, John B. Michel (The International Observer, Terrible Tales of Tittering Terror), Stanley Mullen (The Gorgon), Bob Peterson, Bess Foster Smith, Tigrina (Hymn To Satan), Bob Tucker (Le Zombie), Harry Warner, Jr. (Spaceways), Art Widner (FanFare), and Olon F. Wiggins (The Science Fiction Fan).