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H. P. Lovecraft

Lovecraft in 1934
Lovecraft in 1934

Born

Howard Phillips LovecraftAugust 20, 1890 Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

Died

March 15, 1937 Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

Resting place

Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

Pen name

Lewis Theobald Humphrey Littlewit Ward Phillips Edward Softly Percy Simple

Occupation

Short story writer, editor, novelist, poet

Period

1917–1937

Genre

Weird fiction, horror fiction, science fiction, gothic fiction, fantasy fiction, cosmic horror

Literary movement

Cosmicism

Notable works

  • " The Call of Cthulhu "
  • The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
  • At the Mountains of Madness
  • The Shadow over Innsmouth
  • The Shadow Out of Time

Spouse

Sonia Greene ( m.   1924 )

Signature

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American writer who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. He was virtually unknown during his lifetime and published only in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, but he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors of horror and weird fiction.

Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. Among his most celebrated tales are The Rats in the Walls, The Call of Cthulhu, At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow over Innsmouth, and The Shadow Out of Time, all canonical to the Cthulhu Mythos. Lovecraft was never able to support himself from earnings as an author and editor, and he saw commercial success increasingly elude him in his latter period. He subsisted in progressively strained circumstances in his last years; an inheritance was nearly depleted by the time he died of cancer, at age 46.

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