H. P. Lovecraft

Date of Birth

August 20, 1890


Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Date of Death

March 15, 1937


Providence, Rhode Island, USA



"The most merciful thing in the world... is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 - March 15, 1937) was an American writer born in Providence, Rhode Island. His works cover the genres of horror, fantasy and science fiction. During the course of his life he didn't achieve fame, but his works were recognised mainly among his friends who, after his death, published many of his works.

Early life: Edit

Lovecraft was born August 20, 1890. His father, Winfield Scott Lovecraft, was a travelling salesman; his mother Sarah Susan Phillips Lovecraft was from a family whose ancestors can be traced to the first colonists in America. During his trip to Chicago, his father had a psychotic brake and was committed into a Butler Hospital in Providence. He would die from syphilis in 1898.

Because of his father's death, his mother (nicknamed Susie) and his grandfather Whipple Van Buren Phillips mainly took the responsibility of raising young Howard. It soon became clear that he was very gifted and intelligent; he would recite poems at the age of two, and write his first ones at the age of six. At the very young age he read classics like Odyssey, Iliad and One Thousand and One Nights. His grandfather also acquired him short stories of "gothic horror"; his mother was concerned that it might cause trauma for the young boy.

As a young boy he was often sick and didn't attend school up until the age of eight; after only a year he was retired but would later return. He had a fascination with writing and chemistry, spending much time studying both.

His family unfortunately wasn't very happy, and the series of many bad financial decisions of his grandfather (he died in led the family to move out of their old family house. They now lived in a much smaller house, this left a huge effect on Lovecraft and he would even think about suicide. This would eventually result in him suffering a mental breakdown; because of this he was never able to finish high school.

After that he experimented with essays and poetry, only to return to fiction with his short stories "The Tomb" and "Dagon". "Dagon" achieved his first success and was published in the magazine The Weird Tales in 1923. He also at that time developed a large connection of many corespondents such as: Robert Bloch, Forrest J. Ackerman and Robert E. Howard.

New shock would hit Lovecraft after his mother, after problems with hysterics and depression, was committed into the same institution as his father. He remained very close to her up until her death in 1921.

Marriage: Edit

Sonia Greene

Sonia Greene; Lovecraft's wife

Soon after his mother's death, Lovecraft would meet Sonia Haft Greene. The two soon fell in love and Lovecraft was blossoming in love, declaring his love to Sonia and the two soon got married. They moved to Brooklyn (New York), but soon faced many difficulties. Sonia soon lost her job and Lovecraft was unable to find any. It seems he at that time developed certain racist sentiment. He soon believed in the superiority of Anglo-Saxon culture and had very bad feeling towards African Americans, Latino Americans and Italians.

Sonia managed to find a job in Cincinnati, but Lovecraft didn't follow her. She would then move across the USA, while simultaneously financing Lovecraft. The two would eventually divorce and Lovecraft moved back to his aunts in Providence.

Return to Providence: Edit

During his time in Providence he would return to writing, making the best of his works. Unfortunately he became increasingly poorer. He was forced to move from place to place and was not able to earn a living from his works. In the early 1937, he was diagnosed with cancer of the small intestine. He died in March that year.

Pop culture: Edit


Lovecraft is considered as one of the greatest writers of 20th century horror. In the past few decades he has gained great recognition and his works inspired many authors (such as Stephen King) and many other game developers.

List of Works: Edit

1 "The Tomb" Jun 1917 Mar 1922 Short story
2 "Dagon" Jul 1917 Nov 1919 Short story
3 "A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson" Sum-early Fall 1917 Sep 1917 Short story
4 "Polaris" Spr-Sum 1918 Dec 1920 Short story
5 "Beyond the Wall of Sleep" Spr 1919 Oct 1919 Short story
6 "Memory" Spr 1919 May 1923 Flash fiction
7 "Old Bugs" c.Jul 1919 1959 Short story
8 "The Transition of Juan Romero" 16 September 1919 1944 Short story
9 "The White Ship" c.Oct 1919 Nov 1919 Short story
10 "The Doom that Came to Sarnath" 3 December 1919 Jun 1920 Short story
11 "The Statement of Randolph Carter" Dec 1919 May 1920 Short story
12 "The Street" late 1919 Dec 1920 Short story
13 "The Terrible Old Man" 28 January 1920 Jul 1921 Short story
14 "The Cats of Ulthar" 15 June 1920 Nov 1920 Short story
15 "The Tree" Jan-Jun 1920 Oct 1921 Short story
16 "Celephaïs" early Nov 1920 May 1922 Short story
17 "From Beyond" 16 November 1920 Jun 1934 Short story
18 "The Temple" c. Jun-Nov 1920 Sep 1925 Short story
19 "Nyarlathotep" c.Nov 1920 Nov 1920 Short story
20 "The Picture in the House" 12 December 1920 Sum 1921 Short story
21 "Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family" Fall 1920 Mar & Jun 1921 as "The White Ape" Short story
22 "The Nameless City" Jan 1921 Nov 1921 Short story
23 "The Quest of Iranon" 28 February 1921 Jul-Aug 1935 Short story
24 "The Moon-Bog" March 10, 1921 Jun 1926 Short story
25 "Ex Oblivione" 1920 – Mar 1921 (unclear) Mar 1921 Short story
26 "The Other Gods" 14 August 1921 Nov 1933 Short story
27 "The Outsider" Spr-Sum 1921 Apr 1926 Short story
28 "The Music of Erich Zann" Dec 1921 Mar 1922 Short story
29 "Sweet Ermengarde" c. 1919–21? 1943 Short story
30 "Hypnos" Mar 1922 May 1923 Short story
31 "What the Moon Brings" 5 June 1922 May 1923 Short story
32 "Azathoth" Fragment Jun 1922 Jun 1938 Novel fragment
33 "Herbert West–Reanimator" Oct 1921 – Jun 1922 Feb-Jul 1922 Short story
34 "The Hound" Oct 1922 Feb 1924 Short story
35 "The Lurking Fear" Nov 1922 Jan-Apr 1923 Short story
36 "The Rats in the Walls" Aug-Sep 1923 Mar 1924 Short story
37 "The Unnamable" Sep 1923 Jul 1925 Short story
38 "The Festival" Oct 1923 Jan 1925 Short story
39 "The Shunned House" Oct 1924 Oct 1937 Short story
40 "The Horror at Red Hook" 1-2 Aug 1925 Jan 1927 Short story
41 "He" 11 August 1925 Sep 1926 Short story
42 "In the Vault" 18 September 1925 Nov 1925 Short story
43 "Cool Air" Feb 1926 Mar 1928 Short story
44 "The Call of Cthulhu" Aug-Sep 1926 Feb 1928 Short story
45 "Pickman's Model" Sep 1926 Oct 1927 Short story
46 "The Strange High House in the Mist" 9 November 1926 Oct 1931 Short story
47 "The Silver Key" Nov 1926 Jan 1929 Short story
48 The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath Oct 1926-22 Jan 1927 1943 Novella
49 The Case of Charles Dexter Ward Jan-Mar 1, 1927 May & Jul 1941 Novel
50 "The Colour Out of Space" Mar 1927 Sep 1927 Short story
51 "The Descendant" Fragment early 1927 1938 Short story fragment
52 "The Very Old Folk" 3 November 1927 Sum 1940 Letter excerpt
53 "History of the Necronomicon" sketch Fall 1927 1938 Brief pseudo-history
54 "The Dunwich Horror" Aug 1928 Apr 1929 Short story
55 "Ibid" Sum 1928 Jan 1938 Short story
56 The Whisperer in Darkness 24 Feb-Sep 26, 1930 Aug 1931 Novella
57 At the Mountains of Madness 24 Feb-Mar 22, 1931 Feb-Apr 1936 Novella
58 The Shadow over Innsmouth Nov-Dec 1931 Apr 1936 Novella
59 "The Dreams in the Witch House" Feb 1932 Jul 1933 Short story
60 "The Thing on the Doorstep" 21-24 Aug 1933 Jan 1937 Short story
61 "The Book" Fragment c.Oct 1933 1938 Short story fragment
62 "The Evil Clergyman" Letter extract Fall 1933 Apr 1939 Letter excerpt
63 The Shadow Out of Time 10 Nov 1934- February 22, 1935 Jun 1936 Novella
64 "The Haunter of the Dark" 5-9 Nov 1935 Dec 1936 Short story

Quotes: Edit

"The most merciful thing in the world... is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."
"The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind."
"If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences."
"Life is a hideous thing, and from the background behind what we know of it peer daemoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousandfold more hideous."
"But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean."