So You Want to Read Lovecraft: Heres Where to Start
Buy now from your favorite retailer:. Centering on a scientist recounting his experiences on a disastrous Antarctic expedition in the hopes of discouraging a second attempt by others, At the Mountains of Madness is in many ways a foundational text for Lovecraftian fiction. It presents an ancient and alien history of the Earth and more importantly introduces the Elder Things and the Shoggoth as well mentioning a number of the Great Old Ones cosmic deities of indescribable power. Set in fictional Dunwich, Massachussetts, this short story is not only a core piece of the Cthulhu mythos, but takes a deep look into the Necronomicon a central fictional book in the Cthulhu mythos written by the Abdul Alhazred. The Dunwich Horror is the tale of Wilbur Whately an unusual child who grows at an unsettling rate but Wilbur is merely the precursor to a far more terrifying creature.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island , he spent most of his life there, and his fiction was primarily set against a New England backdrop. Lovecraft was never able to support himself from earnings as an author and editor, and he subsisted in progressively strained circumstances in his last years. He died of cancer at the age of
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Lovecraft was born on August 20, , in Providence, Rhode Island. The horror magazine Weird Tales bought some of his stories in Elements of this story would reappear in other related tales. In his final years, he took editing and ghostwriting work to try to make ends meet. He died on March 15, , in Providence, Rhode Island.
Lovecraft books, novellas, and stories to give you an idea of where to start. And if you're hungry for more, you can always check out our guide to cosmic horror , the subgenre his works helped establish. Readers should be aware of this and use their own discretion when reading and examining his works. It centers around an ancient dragon-sea monster hybrid that implants itself subconsciously into human minds, driving them slowly insane. The cultists who worship Cthulhu commit ritual killings and chant in tongues. As more details of the creature and its history come to light, our narrator realizes that no one can possibly be safe from such a powerful entity not even himself.