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Overview (4)

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Died in Providence, Rhode Island, USA  (intestinal cancer)
Birth NameHoward Phillips Lovecraft
Height 5' 10¾" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Providence, Lovecraft was a sickly child whose parents died insane. When he was 16, he wrote the astronomy column in the Providence Tribune. Between 1908 and 1923, he wrote short stories for Weird Tales magazine, among others. He died in Providence, in poverty, on March 15, 1937. His most famous novel is considered to be "At the Mountains of Madness," about an expedition to the South Pole, which discovers strange creatures beneath a mountain.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Rich M

Spouse (1)

Sonia Haft Shifirkin Greene (3 March 1924 - 25 March 1929) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Tales of gothic horror, especially related to mysterious and monstrous entities called "Great Old Ones," such as Cthulhu

Trivia (31)

Universally considered to be the father of modern horror.
Buried in Swan Point Cemetery.
His fictitious book, the Necronomicon, is referred to in many of his stories -- allegedly written by "The Mad Arab" in the eighth century and containing horrendous spells, evil workings and Dark Things Best Left Alone. In a bizarre literary reversal, several people have written and published imaginative full-length editions, giving this mythical work a macabre, eldritch life of its own.
One of his other inventions, the fictitious Miskatonic University, appears prominently in his tales, and its library is often where the evil Necronomicon can be found.
For many years, the statuette for the World Fantasy Award was a bust of Lovecraft, and was informally referred to as a Howard.
Responsible for creating the nucleus of the "Cthulhu Mythos," a cycle of loosely-related stories that he (and other writers including Robert Bloch, August Derleth, Robert Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, and Brian Lumley) conceived that concerned the "Great Old Ones," beings from outer space who took up residence on Earth to cause havoc. Ironically, although Lovecraft was an atheist (having renounced his family's Baptist faith at an early age), the mythos' stories have spawned a sort of pseudo-religion among the very hard-core readers of his stories, including the Temple of Set and the Esoteric Order of Dagon.
Wrote the short story "Imprisoned With The Pharaohs" as a ghostwriter for Harry Houdini. But on the day he brought it in person, he left the original copy at the train station, but fortunately had a copy saved at home. So somewhere in Providence there was a story titled "Under the Pyramids" by Lovecraft floating around.
Was known to remain awake for prolonged periods of time, often 36 hours straight, without showing the slightest signs of fatigue or irritability. In one case, in order to meet a deadline, he had to stay awake for 60 hours straight in order to complete a story.
It has been said by one biographer that he was literally "cold blooded" due to a very rare, and still little-understood affliction called poikilothermism, making him feel cold to the touch. However this is probably untrue, and basically disproved by biographer T. S. Joshi, seeing as poikilothermism is not a disease, but a characteristic of certain non-mammals such as reptiles, and is only commonly seen in mammals as a symptom of rabies, which it is highly unlikely Lovecraft suffered from. The belief that he was poikilothermic is a common misconception, however.
Inspired modern-day stories of success such as Stephen King ("The Shining"), John Carpenter ("In the Mouth of Madness"), Robert Bloch ("Psycho"), Clive Barker ("Hellraiser") and Anne Rice ("Interview with the Vampire").
Is notorious as being the 20th Century's most prolific letter writer scripting somewhere between 40,000 to 100,000 letters within his lifetime.
The Vision Bleak, a German horror metal band, dedicated the album "Carpathia, A Dramatic Poem" (2005) to Lovecraft. They also made other references, such as a track being called "Kutulu!". Numerous other rock bands have paid musical tribute to HPL and the Mythos, most notably Metallica in "The Thing That Should Not Be" and the 1960's American band H.P. Lovecraft.
Was raised by his grandfather and mother, and to a certain extent by his aunts, after his father's hospitalization.
Because he was a sensitive child, his mother and grandfather indulged him, so Lovecraft very early gained a fondness for sweets that remained with him all his life.
His father's insanity was most likely caused by syphilis.
His wife, Sonia Haft Shifirkin Greene, was seven years his senior.
Played a harmonica-like instrument called a zobo.
Suffered two nervous breakdowns before he was fifteen.
Had an active correspondence with writer Robert E. Howard.
Was close friends with writer Frank Belknap Long.
Never actually finished high school, a fact which bothered him clear up to his death.
He was a known xenophobe, racist and anti-Semite. Even after marrying Sonia Greene who was Jewish, he was still fond of making anti-Semitic remarks much to her chagrin.
He openly hated New York City and spoke at length about his dislike for it but stayed there often and spent so much time exploring neighborhoods with friends that he had trouble getting work done.
Lovecraft had a particular fondness for ice cream and had, in general, a notable sweet tooth. He loved coffee too, especially when highly sugared. Baked beans, spaghetti, cheese and roast turkey were also favorites.
He always wrote the drafts of his stories by hand, because he hated typing. Whenever he could, he would have someone else type his manuscripts for him.
There is an area of Pluto named Cthulu Regio.
His mother had hoped for a daughter and dressed him as a girl for much of the first decade of his life.
Despite being seven years his senior, Lovecraft's wife Sonia Green outlived him by well over thirty years, and told an interviewer in 1969 that her husband had never actually initiated sexual congress between them.
He very rarely went out in the daytime and preferred not to open the curtains in his house in daylight hours. He wrote all his stories out in long-hand and often refused to have them typed (even as late as the 1930s), which led to many being rejected out of hand by possible publishers. He published little in his lifetime and died in poverty. He began referring to himself as "middle-aged" before he was 25, and, in a way, this proved correct as he died at age 46.
Despite being one of the most famous and influential authors of all time; there has never been a direct adaptation of any of his stories.
He is often considered to be the father of cosmic horror.

Personal Quotes (9)

[1921] It is easy to remove the mind from harping on the lost illusion of immortality. The disciplined intellect fears nothing and craves no sugar-plum at the day's end, but is content to accept life and serve society as best it may. Personally I would not care for immortality in the least. There is nothing better than oblivion, since in oblivion there is no wish unfulfilled. We had it before we were born, yet did not complain. Shall we whine because we know it will return? It is Elysium enough for me, at any rate.
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
[epitaph in his gravestone]: I am Providence.
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.
From even the greatest of horrors, irony is seldom absent.
I shall never be very merry or very sad, for I am more prone to analyze than to feel.
The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.
That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die.
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.

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