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H.P. Lovecraft:
The Mysterious Man Behind the Darkness

By Charlotte Montague

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“I think it is beyond doubt that H.P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.”
Stephen King

H.P. Lovecraft was virtually unknown during his lifetime and only published his stories in pulp magazines such as Weird Tales and Astounding Stories. He died a recluse in poverty and obscurity, aged just 46. Consumed with self-doubt, despair and monstrous inner demons, his nightmares inhabit every page of his writing.

He is now widely regarded as one of the most significant horror fiction writers of the twentieth century. His dark grotesque creations have inspired authors such as Stephen King and Clive Barker, as well as film directors John Carpenter, Stuart Gordon and Roger Corman.

Eighty years after his death, Charlotte Montague has written an intriguing biography of the enigmatic author, and in the process helps to reveal the mysteries of the strange man behind the darkness—H.P. Lovecraft—the master of modern horror.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Shadow Man Out of Time
  1. The Golden Child
  2. Science & the Weird
  3. Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Part 2: The Doom That Came to Sarnath
  1. Lord Dunsany & Sonia Greene
  2. New York Sojourn
  3. The Rats in the Walls
Part 3: The Call of Cthulhu
  1. A Married Man
  2. Living Apart
  3. Return to Providence
Part 4: At the Mountains of Madness
  1. The Dunwich Horror
  2. At the Peak of his Powers
  3. The Witch House Dreams
Part 5: The Haunter of the Dark
  1. I Am Providence
  2. The Cthulhu Mythos
  3. Modern Contributors to the Cthulhu Mythos
  4. Star of Stage & Silver Screen
Further Reading

Bibliographic Information

H.P. Lovecraft: The Mysterious Man Behind the Darkness. By Charlotte Montague. New York, NY: Chartwell Books; 2015; ISBN 978-0-7858-3269-0; hardback; 192 pages.

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