Who was H.P. Lovecraft?
H.P. Lovecraft was an American author considered to be an author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. But, what truly set his story conscepts apart was that he was writing all three genres at once, ultimatly solidifying, if not all together creating, what we know as Cosmic Horror.
Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890 and died on March 15, 1937, in the same city, Providence, Rhode Island. He was known to be a very private and reclusive man. Over the years he would express a number of fears and anxieties. However, it is unclear whether he suffered from any specific mental health issues or if he was clinically paranoid. But, Lovecrafts phobias were not a secret, including a fear of germs and contamination, which may have contributed to his reclusiveness. He also suffered from chronic anxiety and depression.
In some of his stories, Lovecraft explored themes of paranoia and delusion, but it’s not clear whether he was projecting or simply using these themes to create an atmosphere.
Lovecraft is best known for his influential works of weird fiction and cosmic horror and his writing is characterized by elaborate language and obscure or archaic words, which helped to create an atmosphere of mystery.
Lovecraft’s most famous works include “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Shadow over Innsmouth,” and “At the Mountains of Madness.” Although he was not widely recognized during his lifetime, Lovecraft’s work has since become highly influential. His ideas and creations have been adapted and expanded upon by countless writers and artists, and he continues to inspire new works today.