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“The twentieth century horror story’s dark and baroque prince.”
Although he lived and died in obscurity, H.P. Lovecraft inspired horror and sci-fi authors
including Stephen King, Robert Bloch (Psycho), and Robert E. Howard (Conan the
Barbarian). His legions of fans around the world have remained devoted for nearly 100 years,
thanks to his epic mythology of horrifying creations, such as the monster-god Cthulhu and the
forbidden book The Necronomicon. This illustrated biography showcases Lovecraft’s
handwritten manuscript pages alongside rare photographs, hand-drawn maps and sketches, and
revealing anecdotes. The text explores Lovecraft’s isolated life and the devotion to both
science and writing that led him to populate the unimaginable depths of the cosmos with eldritch
reminders of humankind’s insignificance: Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, the shoggoths, and more. A
final chapter discusses his explosive posthumous career as an icon in his own right in popular
and underground culture, influencing fiction, music, gaming, comics, and film.
S.T. Joshi is the author of The Weird Tale, The Modern Weird Tale, the
award-winning H.P. Lovecraft: A Life, and other critical and biographical studies of
supernatural fiction. He is also the author of the limited-edition expanded two-volume biography
I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft. Joshi is the editor of the
Lovecraft Annual and has edited several anthologies of Lovecraft-inspired fiction.
Table of Contents
- A Genuine Pagan (1890–1904)
- Eccentric Recluse (1904–1914)
- A Renewed Will to Live (1914–1924)
- New York Exile (1924–1926)
- The Creation of Cthulhu (1926–1931)
- A Shadow Over Life (1932–1937)
- The Mythos Grows
- Author Biography
- Image Credits
H.P. Lovecraft: Nightmare Countries. By S.T. Joshi. New York, NY: Metro Books; 2012; ISBN
978-1-4351-4152-0; hardcover, 160 pages.
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