The Reader and Collector

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The Reader and Collector
Vol. III No. 2 June 1943

The Reader and Collector was a fantasy and science fiction fanzine published by H. (Herman) C. Koenig (1893-1959), in New York City, NY, U.S.A.

Twenty issues were published between 1938 and 1946. It was letter-sized, mimeographed and stapled, ranging from 5 to 22 pages. H. C. Koenig stated that the major influence for publishing the "journal of literary comment" came from his late friend and fellow Kalem Club member, H. P. Lovecraft.

The June 1944 issue of The Reader and Collector was devoted to the British fantasy writer William Hope Hodgson (1871-1918). Koenig's efforts on behalf of Hodgson's writings, beginning in the early 1930s, led to the widespread publication of his works in the U.S. When the omnibus book The House on the Borderland and Other Novels was published by Arkham House in 1946, Koenig was asked to write the Introduction.

Aside from his own fanzine, H. C. Koenig was a regular contributor to The Fantasy Fan, published by Charles Hornig, and wrote the articles "The Favorite Weird Stories of H. P. Lovecraft" for the October 1934 issue, "The Favorite Weird Stories of Clark Ashton Smith", and "William Hope Hodgson", also for issues in 1934, as well as many letters.

The Reader and Collector was distributed through the Fantasy Amateur Press Association, and through the National Amateur Press Association.

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