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    Robert Bloch. How Conventional Can You Get? (Lynn Haven, Fla.): [1953]. First edition.

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    Robert Bloch. How Conventional Can You Get? (Lynn Haven, Fla.): Confusion/(Shelby Vick), [1953]. First edition; published as a four-page, undated issue of SF Fanzine 'Confusion' [Confusion was first published in 1951, usually with twenty pages of text per issue]. Folio, unbound hectographed (folded) sheets, [4] pages (consisting of two unbound folio sheets, printed on recto and verso in black stencil on poor quality tan paper, folded once horizontally and once vertically for mailing [as issued]), illustrated (in red and black).

    about an imaginary 1975 Philadelphia World Science Fiction Convention [i.e. a futuristic vision of the actual 1953 Philadelphia World Science Fiction Convention], beginning: "I have just returned from the 1975 Science Fiction Convention which was held at the same hotel as used in 1953... before discussing the actual Convention procedure, it might be wise to remind the reader that this is the affair which has been in the making for over twenty years... " [followed by Robert Bloch's "special report via time-traveling machine on the Philadelphia World Science Fiction convention" as stated in the sub-title of this publication]. At the conclusion of Robert Bloch's three-page contribution, editor Shelby Vick discusses other fanzines and concludes by stating,"... It looks like I'm going to have to fold cf. [Confusion]... I suppose most of you know I have polio... next issue will be run off... by Nan Gerding..." [followed by a discussion of the technical difficulty of publishing 'Confusion' using 'a cheaper grade of stencil']. Publisher has affixed a 2-cent U. S. Postal Service John Quincy Adams stamp on front cover (cancelled for mailing), and the cover is addressed by Shelby Vick, in green ink, to another Science Fiction fanzine editor, publisher Everett Winne, in Springfield, Massachusetts [publisher of SF fanzine 'Boffin' (in 1951/52)].  A very good copy, with moderate tanning and light foxing to extremities of front cover, few soil spots to text, and creases at corners. A scarce publication; 'Confusion' was published in Lynn Haven, Florida, edited by Shelby Vick; it began publication in 1951. Ironically, in 1975, Robert Bloch would be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the First World Fantasy Convention held in Providence, Rhode Island.



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