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    H.P. Lovecraft


    Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was one of America's greatest dark fantasy writers known for twisting known ideals of horror into something new and visionary. The thing which set him apart is that he envisioned a world beset by demons and gods unknown in their motivations and uncaring for humanity. Instead of a good vs evil scenario, it was as if he envisioned survival against evil more as a tone for his work rather than overcoming it or being able to turn to higher powers of good to defeat the powers of evil. Often, Lovecrafts works seem to end without an ending as if unfinished, as if there was never meant to be an ending much as if there was never really a beginning... there simply is what is in a neverending cycle.

    He was a poet as well as a writer of dark fantasy and he was an intellectual always learning and knowing more in his day than possibly 99.9% of the population today which views itself as more educated than past generations where men like Poe prove the opposite is often more true. He was a troubled man tormented early in life by the mental illness of his mother leading him into himself where his own dark visions began to take form. Lovecraft was influenced by Edgar Allen Poe and is considered the heir of Poes artistic style where most are viewed as imitators. Lovecraft did try to mimic the style of Poe but found his own direction and often criticized his own work moreso than anyone else. He wasn't an author interested in making money even if he had to use his skills to earn money to make a living. He was a racist in the most reprehensible of ways and yet, this is not something which would have harmed him in the times he lived. In fact, his views on the world reveal more about the causes for such views as he was an intellectual in the truest sense and even kept a journal detailing his experiences as he died from cancer to serve his intellectual curiousity. One can often form a view about another person based on their own bias and yet, Lovecraft was very honest in exploring his own views and the sense of self loathing and fears which created them. But even for this, he was a man possessed of strong anti-semitic views who fell in love with a Jewish woman revealing the complexities of his life and his views.

    Unlike many authors like himself, Lovecraft would become largely forgotten for many decades until more recent times. that isn't to say he was forgotten completely as his influence on many writers is well documented in the genre of horror. Many of todays greatest and most renowned horror authors and movie producers have been heavily influenced by H.P. Lovecraft which is ironic considering that many renderings of his works in cinema are low budget and poorly made. Lovecraft was mentally ill for most of his life more because of his mother as her own mental illness became passed on to him in various ways. He always viewed himself as hideous because of her opinions of him, his views on racial purity might be said to have come from her and his dark views of the world may have begun with her as well because had it not been for her... his life would have taken on different directions.

    Of all his works, the C'thulu Mythos is his most famous creation. It might even be said that Lovecraft was the first cult figure in science fiction / horror giving rise to the genre of dark fantasy as we know it. His fame largely came from fantasy magazines like Weird Tales mimicking many of todays authors who either emerged from comic books or whose works fit into this genre quite readily. Some of the most well known works influenced by Lovecraft are Hellboy, Ghostbusters and Hellraiser which would become far more successful than his own works possibly because of how Lovecraft was pushed aside because of how others viewed him as he was as politically incorrect in his time as he remains today in ours. But Lovecraft remains one of the most important figures in modern dark fantasy having touched almost every author in one way or another even if it might have touched the illustrators and make-up artists in film.


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    I recently saw a documentary about Lovecraft, very interesting person.

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    If you watch the new Sleepy Hollow series, it will have a strong Lovecraftian theme which they stamped at the end with the now classic "radio" style narration which almost everyone recognizes as the creepy signature of most Lovecraft movies and series. It has the Headless Horseman as Death, the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, witchcraft, the devil and various demons will be appearing in upcoming episodes with more a Lovecraft feel to them. Even the town of Sleepy Hollow has been remade to feel like Lovecraft created it.

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