If you are a fan of Robert Bloch, but you didn’t get to attend his induction into the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Hall of Fame on 05-December-1976, then this blog is for you.
If you are a fan of Robert Bloch, but you didn’t get to attend the Dark Fantasy Panel of the 3rd. World Fantasy Convention in the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles October 28-30, 1977, then this blog is for you.
And, if you are a fan of Robert Bloch, but you missed his guest appearance on the Hour 25 Science Fiction radio program on Friday, 15-September, 1978; where he and Walt Daugherty were promoting the upcoming 1978 Fantasy Faire, then this blog is definitely for you!
And if you are looking for Robert Bloch Postcards, Photos, and More; take a quick run over to the newly added set of Robert Bloch materials on the CthulhuWho1 Flickr page at:
Please note, there will be a couple of bonus pdf files somewhere down in this blog, so keep your eyes open!
NOTE: If you do a normal click on the MP3 file links in this post, WordPress will play them for you.
If you’d like to download and save the files for yourself, and you are using a PC, right-click, to bring up the right-click menu and use the “Save Link As” function to save the MP3 files to your hard drive.
If you’d like to download and save the files for yourself, and you are using a Mac, I believe that would be Ctrl + Click to bring up the right click menu, and use the “Download Linked File” function to save the MP3 files to your hard drive. I don’t own a Mac so please correct me if I am wrong!
The 1st. Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Awards Luncheon
Let’s begin with the oldest, and lowest quality recordings; from the 1st. Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Awards Luncheon, held 05-December-1976, in the Wilshire Hyatt House Hotel in Hollywood, California.
Pictures of this event can be found in the Robert Bloch set of the CthulhuWho1 Flickr Collection at:
The quality is low, due to the recording being done from the back of the room with a hand-held microphone; but this can be followed quite easily by reading the transcript in Eldritch Leanings Issue #6 starting on Page 5 at:
And if you are a glutton for audio punishment, here’s a very noisy clip of Robert Bloch with several fans (including Yours Truly) in a hallway just before the Hall of Fame Awards luncheon.
The Third World Fantasy Convention in Los Angeles, October 1977
Pictures of this event can also be found in the Robert Bloch set of the CthulhuWho1 Flickr Collection at:
The tapes are in sad shape, and the sound varies from poor to great, but the following six mp3 files are the best clips that could be pulled from Robert Bloch’s comments during the Dark Fantasy Panel in the Renaissance Room of the Biltmore Hotel, on Saturday the 29th. of October, 1977, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m..:
Robert Bloch on the Hour 25 Science Fiction Radio Program
Promoting His Upcoming Fantasy Faire Guest of Honor Appearance
While being Interviewed by Mike Hodel (above right)
and Mitchell Harding with Walt Daugherty Giving Convention Details
Scans of the 1978 Fantasy Faire Program Booklet, with a tribute to Robert Bloch have also been added to the Robert Bloch set of the CthulhuWho1 Flickr Collection at:
First the mono version of the Robert Bloch and Walt Daugherty portion of the Hour 25 broadcast (which has Robert Bloch coming out of both speakers, instead of just being on the right):
Second, the full stereo version of the Robert Bloch and Walt Daugherty segment for comparison:
And last but not least from the Hour 25 broadcast, the show’s full opening in stereo, including Terry Hodel’s Science Fiction Calendar, and general chatting:
I’ve recently noticed that all of the main Hour 25 people that were there when I was recording the broadcasts, as well as most of the guests I was interested in, have died. Mike and Terry Hodel, Mitch Harding, Robert Bloch, Fritz Leiber, etc., are all gone; and I wanted to share what I captured before I’m gone too. I hope somebody appreciates this stuff in the future!
The Robert Bloch Toastmaster Press Release for the 1984 World Science Fiction Convention
I discovered I have a complete press kit for the 1984 World Con, which includes the following Press Release:
Robert Bloch Donated Materials at The American Heritage Center
The American Heritage Center (AHC) is the University of Wyoming’s (UW) repository of manuscripts collections, rare books, and the university archives.
While searching for information on Diana Thatcher (Robert Bloch’s most devoted fan), I found the following American Heritage Center documents related to Robert Bloch which mentioned her name, as well as my own fanzine, Eldritch Leanings:
Check Out The Unofficial Robert Bloch Website
I really enjoyed finding the Robert Bloch Biography at:
You will too!
Final Thoughts on This Current Blog
Pulling the Robert Bloch material together for this blog, and for the CthulhuWho1 Flickr page has taken far more time and effort than I expected; but it has gotten me excited about what I’ll be able to post next for Fritz Leiber! Because I have hours of Fritz Leiber recordings already ready to go…
If you are a Fritz Leiber fan, and you enjoyed hearing his voice in the H. P. Lovecraft panel recordings, which have already been posted here, you’ll soon be in for a multi-format treat of photos, letters, and hours of audio recordings.
Keep checking in here, or at the CthulhuWho1 Flickr Collections, or in the Lovecraft newsgroups, or send an email note saying you’d like to be added to the CthulhuWho1 notification list to willhart-at-roadrunner-dot-com.