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Digital Subscriptions > Skeptical Inquirer > Nov Dec 2016 > Houdini and the Cancer of Superstition

Houdini and the Cancer of Superstition

Massimo Polidoro is an investigator of the paranormal, lecturer, and cofounder and head of CICAP, the Italian skeptics group. His website is at

It is one of those discoveries long thought impossible: an unpublished manuscript, commissioned by Harry Houdini to H. P. Lovecraft, has finally resurfaced. It’s actually a thirty-one page typescript titled The Cancer of Superstition and it went to auction in Chicago for Potter & Potter April 9, 2016, where it fetched $28,000.

But how did the King of Magicians and the writer who would get enormous (posthumous) fame as the master of weird fiction get together in the first place?

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