The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear,
and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
H. P. Lovecraft essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature”
November 1925-May 1927
Perhaps one of the largest influences on modern horror writers and film creators, Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu developed into a shared fictional universe to which numerous other authors have contributed throughout the years.
Though he published numerous stories in amateur and popular pulp magazines (including Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, and Astounding Stories), Lovecraft published only one book during his lifetime, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and may well have been lost to obscurity were it not for his friends, August Derleth and Donald Wandrei, who together founded the Arkham House publishing house in 1939 to collect and publish his works.
H. P. Lovecraft died at Providence, Rhode Island on March 15, 1937 of intestinal cancer and kidney failure. He was interred in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI. Annually around the date of his death, a commemorative service is held at Brown University’s Ladd Observatory, followed by a pilgrimage to the gravesite. The 2013 event is scheduled to take place on April 7. For details on this event and other events taking place this year, click here.
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