Frank Belknap Long was a frequent contributor to WEIRD TALES. He was also a personal friend of H. P. Lovecraft and other writers in that eerie genre. Long was also a prolific writer of science fiction. He was born in 1903 (some accounts say 1901) and died in 1994. This introduction to his book, THE EARLY LONG, tells the story of his early life, his writing career and his friendship with Lovecraft.