The Curse of Yig (book)

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The Curse of Yig
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Jacket illustration by Ronald Clyne for The Curse of Yig
Author Zealia B. Bishop
Cover artist Ronald Clyne
Country United States
Language English
Genre fantasy, horror
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 175 pp

The Curse of Yig is a collection of fantasy and horror short stories and essays by author Zealia Bishop. It was released in 1953 and was the author's only collection published by Arkham House. It was released in an edition of 1,217 copies.

The three stories had originally appeared in the magazine Weird Tales and were actually ghostwritten by H. P. Lovecraft. The stories are part of the Cthulhu Mythos.


The Curse of Yig contains the following tales:

  1. "The Curse of Yig"
  2. "Medusa's Coil"
  3. "The Mound"
  4. "H.P. Lovecraft: A Pupil's View"
  5. "A Wisconsin Balzac: A Profile of August Derleth"


Boucher and McComas, while dismissing the fiction as "three negligible stories from Weird Tales, praised the "two first-rate biographical profiles."[1]


  1. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, February 1954, p.95.
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