born: 02/24/1909 died: 07/04/1971 born as: August William Derleth
An extremely prolific author of regional fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and most especially science-fiction and fantasy. He was a founder of Arkham House publishing, which has long been a major publisher of H.P. Lovecraft and supernatural fiction. Derleth himself made significant contributions to both detective fiction and Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythology.