Born to Write: H. P. Lovecraft
Howard Phillips Lovecraft, born August 20, 1879, is possibly better known today than he was in his heyday, certainly much more beloved. After all, not many writers have genres named after them, and yet, 80 years after his death, “Lovecraftian horror” is still going strong. This, despite – or maybe because of – his own stylistic strangeness, with its stilted, elaborate descriptions, festooned with obscure and disturbing adjectives through which his deep cosmic and social repugnance shone through.
The elaborate Cthulhu Mythos that he created as the main vehicle for these dark imaginings has been taken over by countless other writers and fans. It has been extended, plagiarized, riffed upon, and even parodied. Seemingly-serious versions of his invented accursed grimoire, The Necronomicon, have been produced, and some darkly claim that it has deep occult roots. (Some versions come with their own warning.) While movies and TV have been yet unable to do justice to the cosmic scale and existential horror of his vision, its not due to lack of trying.
Here are some links, but be careful lest you succumb to the gibbering horror of unspeakable madness. (His use of language is catchier than you might think! : ) )
- 11 tips for novice writers extracted from one of the world’s first proto-fanzine/social media for geeks, published by The United Amateur Press Association, with which he was heavily involved.
- His many other writings for the UAPA, including reviews, poetry, articles, and stories.
- 7 obsessions that influenced his work.
- A Reddit on his writing style.
- Several pages from an online fan archive. First, an essay he wrote on his method of composition: “Notes on Writing Weird Fiction“.
- Secondly, a list of his writings with links.
- Third, links to literary criticism of Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos.
- Finally, links to various online articles .
- Here’s a beginners guide to how to read his works for the uninitiated.
- And the second part, for those who survived the first.
- YouTube has an unspeakable number of video documentaries on the master of eldritch horror.
- And, of course, his own wiki.
- But wait – a Cthulhu Wiki!