W. Paul Cook

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W. Paul Cook (1880 - Jan. 22, 1948) was a writer, printer and publisher. He wrote under the pseudonym Willis T. Crossman and was leading figure in the hobbyist tradition of amateur journalism. He lived and wrote mostly in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Among his works are a memoir about H. P. Lovecraft and writings about Vermont.[1] He was Lovecraft's friend and supporter of Lovecraft and was responsible for publishing many of Lovecraft's works.[2][3]

Born in Mount Tabor, Vermont, his mother died giving birth and he was raised by his aunt and uncle. He went to Dartmouth.[1]

Leland Hawes, himself an enthusiast in amateur journalism, and scholar Sean Donnelly published in limited release Vermont: Stories by Cook.[1]


  1. ^ a b c A. C. Hutchison A hobby and a discovery; Two amateur journalists resurrect the colorful tales of Vermont writer W. Paul Cook, Times Argus, January 9, 2005.
  2. ^ "Cook, W[illiam] Paul" in S. T. Joshi, David E. Schultz, An H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001), ISBN 978-0313315787, p. 46. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  3. ^ David E. Schultz, S. T. Joshi, eds., An Epicure in the Terrible: A Centennial Anthology of Essays in Honor of H.P. Lovecraft (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1991, ISBN 9780838634158, p. 11 & passim. Excerpts available at Google Books.