16 Surprising Facts about H.P. Lovecraft

The works and mythos developed by famed author H.P. Lovecraft have been extremely popular in recent years. This has prompted numerous games, books, and movies. With all his popularity who was the man behind the mythos? Here are 16 facts about H.P. Lovecraft.

  1. Virtually unknown and was only published in pulp magazines until his death. Now regarded as one of the most significant authors of the 20th century.
  2. H.P. Lovecraft was born in providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life aside from a short period of time living in another city with his wife.
  3. At 3 H.P. Lovecraft’s father was confined to a mental institution.
  4. H.P. Lovecraft’s grand father was a businessman and avid storyteller.
  5. H.P. Lovecraft started writing horror at age 8.
  6. H.P. Lovecraft was always very precocious but also very sensitive. His own fear of the world is prevalent in his writings.
  7. H.P. Lovecraft’s overbearing mother kept him home from school because of problems with his classmates.
  8. H.P. Lovecraft involved his neighborhood friends in elaborate make-believe projects up until he was seventeen years old.
  9. H.P. Lovecraft spent much of his life as a recluse with little effort put forth in the way of working or entering romantic relationships.
  10. In 1913 H.P. Lovecraft was invited to partake in an amateur journalism association.
  11. It wasn’t until H.P. Lovecraft was 31 that he was published in a professional magazine.
  12. H.P. Lovecraft married an older woman he’d met through his writing association. He moved to New York with her.
  13. By age 34 H.P. Lovecraft was a regular contributor to the Weird Tales Magazine.
  14. H.P. Lovecraft was once offered to be an editor of Weird Tales Magazine but he turned down the opportunity.
  15. After returning to Providence Rhode Island in 1926 H.P. Lovecraft wrote The Call of Cthulhu. He noted that Cthulhu could never be properly pronounced by humans as we do not speak in ways that the name was created.
  16. H.P.  Lovecraft never saw commercial success and was never able to support himself. He died as he had lived; poor.


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  1. I knew him only due Call of Cthulhu and Trail of Cthulhu roleplaying. Still ‘The Temple, The Horror at Red Hook, and Dreams in the Witchhouse’ were my kind of flavor during my younger years. Nowadays I find him shallow and cliche. And that racism accusation overlooks that he lived in an age within which most Americans simply talked that way, as it was considered ‘normal’.

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    1. Reading his various collected letter as well as some of the biographical works on him, I do agree that he did live in a different time and thus shouldn’t be judged by 2019 standards. I read a lot of old stuff by many authors and like HPL they were writing in their own time and should be read in that context.

      Further, his views did change as he got older and matured, at least that is the impression I got.

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