Photos from the Inaugural World Fantasy Convention, 1975

WFC Bloch deCamp Munn

From left to right: Robert Bloch, L. Sprague de Camp, and H. Warner Munn

WFC Lin Carter 1975

Lin Carter

WFC Epic Fantasy 1975

The `Epic Fantasy’ panel. From left to right: Fritz Lieber, Lester del Rey, L. Sprague de Camp, Andrew J. Offutt, and Lin Carter

WFC Ramsey Campbell 1975

Ramsey Campbell

WFC Ackerman 1975

Forrest J. Ackerman

WFC Wellman 1975

Manly Wade Wellman holding his World Fantasy Award, a bust of Lovecraft sculpted by Gahan Wilson

WFC Williamson 1975

Chet Williamson at Lovecraft’s grave

All of the photos come from Hunding’s Flickr set, with the following note:

I attended the First World Fantasy Convention in 1975 in Providence, Rhode Island, where I took the following pictures. They were starting to fade badly, so I decided to scan them, tweak them a bit, and post them here, where they may be of historical interest.

The theme of the convention was “The Lovecraft Circle.” Quite a few noteworthy speakers attended, including Lin Carter and L. Sprague de Camp, two of heroic fantasy’s greatest popularizers. Robert Bloch, who started corresponding with Lovecraft when he was in his teens, is famous for the novel Psycho. Like many of Lovecraft’s friends and Weird Tales contributors, Bloch extended and expanded the Cthulhu Mythos in his own works.

According to this 1975 Hour article, the three-day convention began on Halloween, and 400 people were expected to attend. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune has the figure at 500.

The World Fantasy Convention was modeled after the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), first established in 1939. Both conventions are still going, with focus on intelligent conversation at the expense of dressing up like comic book characters.

More pictures—including a young Jeff Jones—at the first link. You can hear audio of some of the panels at

3 Responses to “Photos from the Inaugural World Fantasy Convention, 1975”

  1. 1 His friend J July 22, 2014 at 6:13 am

    The clothing. My god, the clothing.

  2. 3 Cheryl McBee August 22, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    He had great taste.

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