Happy Birthday H.P. Lovecraft!

Lovecraft

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”—H.P. Lovecraft

Writer, H.P. Lovecraft, creator of such stories as The Call of Cthulhu, At the Mountains of Madness and Shadow over Innsmouth would be celebrating his 123rd birthday today, if he hadn’t been whisked away to the undiscovered country (succumbing to cancer in 1937). If you are unfamiliar with Lovecraft’s work first hand, you no doubt have still experienced his influence. Writers Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker (among many others) have all been inspired by and dabbled in Lovecraftian fiction. The Ridley Scott films Alien and Prometheus both have strong ties to the writer’s cosmic horrors. From Hellboy to Metallica, H.P. Lovecraft has inspired much of our modern science fiction and horror culture*.

So on this the 123rd year of Lovecraft’s birth, raise a glass to the man who not only prodded the human mind for madness, but scoured the cosmos for horrors unknowable, putting these ideas to paper for our reading pleasure.

 

*Evil Dead, The Reanimator, John Carpenter’s The Thing, In the Mouth of Madness, Arkham Horror, countless RPGs. I could go on…

 [Feature picture created by GoulishGary]

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