The Fantasmith

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The Fantasmith was a wierd fiction fanzine by Van Splawn.

The Fantasmith was released in May 1953 through the Fantasy Amateur Press Association. It was a single issue release.

Contributors were Calvin Thomas Beck, and Ben Singer (The Mutant) with a piece called "G-Rump-Ta-Tat". Also included were reprints of "The Wicked Clergyman" by H. P. Lovecraft, and "Woods" by Richard Shaver (The Shaver Mystery Magazine), with illustrations by Margaret Dominick (as DEA).

The cover art work was by Max Keasler.

Van Splawn also released the science fiction poetry fanzine Soma, as well as the fanzines Djinn, Mars, Prometheus, Sevagram, and Symphony, co-edited Phoenix, which was renamed The Star Rover, with F. Lee Baldwin and Fritz Hoffmann, co-edited Worlds Apart with Paul D. Cox, John Kelly Jr. and J.T. Oliver, followed by Time Stream with Paul Cox and J.T. Oliver.

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