Howard Phillips LOVECRAFT (1890-1937) American occult and horror-fiction author who became a cult figure in underground literature in the 1960´s. Lovecraft developed a mythology around “the dread Cthulhu”, in which powers of evil and darkness threatened to break through to control the world, and he was obsessed with the theme of global threat (“The Colours out of Space”, The Dunwich Horror”, “The Shadow over Innsmouth”). Lovecraft invented the concept of the legendary occult text “The Necronomicon”, and at least two versions of this text now exist, both purporting to be authentic. Lovecraft´s supernatural tales have been collected into a number of volumes, including “The Tomb”, “At the Mountains of Madness”, “The Haunter of the Dark”, and “The Lurker at the Threshold”.
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H. P. Lovecraft was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived most of his life. He wrote many essays and poems early in his career, but gradually focused on the writing of horror stories, after the advent in 1923 of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, to which he contributed most of his fiction. His relatively small corpus of fiction-three short novels and about sixty short stories-has nevertheless exercised a wide influence on subsequent work in the field, and he is regarded as the leading twentieth-century American author of supernatural fiction. H. P. Lovecraft died in Providence in 1937.
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