Henry S. Whitehead

(1882 — 1932)

Henry St. Clair Whitehead was an Episcopalian clergyman and educator, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and educated at Harvard University.

Whitehead led an active life in the first decade of the 20th century, playing football at Harvard, editing a Reform democratic newspaper in Port Chester, New York, and serving as commissioner of athletics for the AAU.

He later attended Berkeley Divinity School in Middletown, Connecticut, and was ordained a deacon in 1912. He served as acting archdeacon of the Virgin Islands from 1921 to 1929. While there, living on the island of St. Croix, he gathered the material he was to use in his tales of the weird and supernatural.

A correspondent of H. P. Lovecraft, Whitehead published stories from 1924 onward in such pulp magazines as Black Mask, Strange Tales, and Weird Tales, where a score of his stories were first published. His obituary appeared in the March, 1933, issue of Weird Tales.

He wrote several books for the lay Christian. His genre fiction was collected in Jumbee and Other Uncanny Tales (1944) and in West India Lights (1946). Both books were published by Arkham House.

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