Despite being relatively unknown by the general public, there is plenty of biographical
information about Lovecraft available. This list includes mostly in-print volumes but also
includes some of the more important out-of-print books.
- Autobiographical Writings
- By H.P. Lovecraft (Necronomicon Press). This chapbook collects many of Lovecraft’s own
writings about himself.
- The Curious Case of H.P. Lovecraft
- By Paul Roland (Plexus Publishing).
- The Dream World of H.P. Lovecraft: His Life, His Demons, His
- By Donald Tyson (Llewellyn Worldwide).
- A Dreamer and a Visionary: H.P. Lovecraft in his Time
- By S.T. Joshi (Liverpool University Press). Essentially a much shorter and more accessible
version of Joshi’s much larger H.P. Lovecraft: A Life.
- The Gentleman from Angell Street: Memories of H.P.
- By Muriel E. Eddy and C.M. Eddy, Jr.; Edited by Jim Dyer.
- H.P. Lovecraft: A Biography
- By L. Sprague de Camp. Originally published as Lovecraft: A Biography in 1975, this has
long been the most prominent and available of Lovecraft biographies. Unfortunately, it also has
many errors of fact and de Camp tends to be very judgmental towards Lovecraft. Still, it’s
a good overview of Lovecraft’s life and works.
- H.P. Lovecraft: A Life
- By S.T. Joshi (Necronomicon Press). Published in 1996, this has now been superseded by the
unabridged version, I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft (see
- H.P. Lovecraft: Master of Weird Fiction
- By William Schoell (Morgan Reynolds Publishing). Part of the “Writers of
Imagination” series, targeted at young adult readers.
- H.P. Lovecraft: Nightmare Countries
- By S.T. Joshi (Metro Books). Lavishly illustrated, this inexpensive book is very accessible
for those new to Lovecraft, but still a treat for those already familiar with him.
- H.P. Lovecraft: The Mysterious Man Behind the
- By Charlotte Montague (Chartwell Books).
- Howard Phillips Lovecraft: Dreamer on the Nightside
- By Frank Belknap Long.
- I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft
- By S.T. Joshi (Hippocampus Press). A new and unabridged version of Joshi’s H.P.
Lovecraft: A Life which restores 150,000 words excised from the original manuscript, making
it the new definitive edition. Joshi examines all aspects of Lovecraft’s life and works
without whitewashing them. A must read for all fans of Lovecraft.
- In the Mountains of Madness: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of
- By W. Scott Poole (Soft Skull Press).
- Lord of a Visible World: An Autobiography in Letters
- By H.P. Lovecraft, Edited by S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz (Ohio University Press). A
collection of Lovecraft’s letters and essays arranged to form an autobiography.
- Lovecraft At Last
- By H.P. Lovecraft and Willis Conover; New Introduction by S.T. Joshi. A touching account by
one of Lovecraft’s final correspondents.
- Lovecraft Remembered
- Edited by Peter Cannon. A collection of 65 reminiscences by those who knew Lovecraft
- Miscellaneous Writings
- By H.P. Lovecraft (Arkham House). The final chapter of this hardback, “Personal,”
includes some of Lovecraft’s autobiographical writings.