It seems right to celebrate his life on the anniversary of Lovecraft’s death, not his birth #

Great retrospective article on the BBC on HP Lovecraft and his place in the pantheon of twentieth century horror.

Howard Phillips Lovecraft brought the 20th Century horror story up to date, out of Victorian occultism into the realm of contemporary science without losing its sense of mystery…¬†Lovecraft developed his own invented mythology, at least as influential on fantastic fiction as Tolkien’s work. Most of it is set in a New England steeped in history and in hidden occult influences, although the monstrous creatures glimpsed by his characters are frequently from outer space rather than from any conventional hell.

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