H. P. Lovecraft

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H. P. Lovecraft, June 1934

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) was an American author. He is best remembered for initiating the "Cthulhu Mythos", a body of fiction later elaborated upon by other writers.[1]


Born in Providence, Rhode Island on 20 August 1890,[2] Lovecraft began reading such texts as the Arabian Nights and the works of Edgar Allan Poe as a child. He was withdrawn from high school after two and a half years, and went on to live a reclusive life; by his late twenties he was spending most of his time in his bedroom.

Lovecraft married Sonia Greene (1883-1972) in 1924, although the marriage lasted just two years before the two broke up. The couple spent their period together in New York, where H. P. Lovecraft formulated some heavily racist views; his antisemitism may have played a part in the failure of his marriage, as his wife was Jewish.

H. P. Lovecraft worked for a number of pulp magazines such as Weird Tales, where he wrote multiple stories that are now regarded as classics of their kind. He died on March 15, 1937.

Selected works


  • Encyclopeda of Science Fiction: Cthulhu Mythos
  • Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: Lovecraft, H P