H. P. Lovecraft

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Howard Phillips Lovecraft AKA H. P. Lovecraft

America 1890 – 1937

Comments: Horror author ; Cthulhu Mythos; Necronomicon;Arkham; Miskatonic University;Innsmouth;Dunwich; "good" "Elder Gods" and the "evil" "Outer Gods"; Cthulhu ; "Do not summon up that which you cannot cast back down again"; his fiction an inspiration to many, despite his avowed Materialism personally; perhaps an inspiration for Cthulhu, sleeping under the Ocean in R'lyeh , ( "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" ("In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.") came from Baudelaire's Les Litanies de Satan which calls to awaken the Sleeping Evil from the Depths;


Lovecraft's idea of overwhelmingly alien, pre-Creation creatures as Gods whose scale generally relegates us to insignificance was a different take on GOTHIC. His Chaotic Evil deities were amoral, not choosing to do Evil. Comparing Dante's Satan with John Milton's Lucifer, the Catholic Devil to the Protestant, will be developed in a separate essay, along with the initiated version of the Old Testament story of Job, the Wicca theories of Margaret Murray; The transition from Horned God to Evil Power to Nature Freed; The influence on "Bad Boys" of the 17 and 18 th centuries (looking at you, William Blake and Aleister Crowley); Modern interpretations such as the Ann Randian Selfishness of Anton LaVey to dangerous Cthulhuoid invocations culled from the fiction of H. P. Lovecraft;


Teachers: his dreams; "Abdul Alhazred" the mad, @738; William Hope Hodgson; Ida Craddock; Edgar Allan Poe; Oswald Spengler; Friedrich Nietzsche; Arthur Machen; Algernon Blackwood; Gertrude Barrows Bennett (AKA) Francis Stevens; Robert W. Chambers (author: The King in Yellow); Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward AKA Sax Rohmer, creator of Fu Manchu ; Lord Dunsany; Leonid Andreyev; James De Mille; Aleister Crowley, whom he mentions in a letter to Emil Petaja in 1935; Dr. Serge Voronoff, aka Dr. Monkeyballs; Isya Joseph on the Yezidiz; Dr. Samuel Johnson; Johann Heinrich Jung-Stilling, whose Theory of Pneumatology- In reply to the question, What Ought to be Believed or Disbelieved concerning Presentiments, Visions, and Apparitions, according to Nature, Reason, and Scripture, which Lovecraft sent to Robert E. Howard for study; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Robert Turner; Cotton Mathers, particularly his Magnalia Chrisi Americana, 1702; Margaret Murray, author of The Witch-Cult in Western Europe, 1921; Montague Summers, author of The History of Witchcraft and Demonology, 1926; Eliphas Levi; A.E. Waite; Dr. Fritz Zwicky; J.W. Brodie-Innes ; Leucippus; Democritus; Epicurus; Lecretius, author of De Rerum Natura; Ernst Haeckel, author of The Riddle of the Universe, 1899; High Elliot, author of Modern Science and Materialism, 1919; Edward F. Daas of the UAPA; William Scott-Elliot aka W. Scott-Eliot, author of The Story of Atlantis and Lost Lemuria, 1896; Joseph Glanvil, author of Sadducismus Triumphatus aka Saducismus Triumphatus, 1681; Nicolas Remy, author of Daemonolotreiae, 1595; H. P. Blavatsky, translator of The Book of Dzayan aka the Rig-Veda; Charles Baudelaire;


Students: August Derleth; Herman Slater; "Simon, author of the Necronomicon"; Kenneth Grant; Chaos Magicians; Peter Carroll, Chaos International, Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth; Genesis P-Orridge; Alan Moore, comic writer; Stephen King, Horror writer; Church of the Flying Spaghetti; F. Paul Wilson; Brian Lumley; Neil Gaiman comics writer; H. R. (Hans Rudolf) Giger, artist; Ray Bradbury; Robert Anton Wilson; Robert Shea, author; Leilah Wendell; Robert H. Barlow; St. T. Joshi; Patricia Shore ; Arnold Arnold; Colin Wilson; George Hay; Philip A. Shreffler; Eric C. Friedman & Daryl Hutchinson of the Lovecraft Tarot; John Coughlin, author of Liber Yog-Sothoth [aka The Book of Yog-Sothoth], 2007; Donald Tyson, author of Liber Lilith (A Gnostic Grimoire), 2006; Jaq D. Hawkins, author of Understanding Chaos Magic, 1996; Kenneth Deigh, editor of Mezlim: An Independent Journal for the Working Magus , not to be confused with the earlier Kenneth Grant Typhonian [OTO] magazine, Mezla; John L. Steadman, author of HP Lovecraft and the Black Magickal Tradition, 2015; Peter Levenda, author of The Dark Lord – H. P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant and The Typhonian Tradition in Magick, 2013 & & Papal Magick, 2007; Erik Davis; Konstantinos, author of Nocturnicon, 2006; Peter Straub; Robert Dills, likely author of Owswick Press Necronomicon; George Scithers; John Wisdom Gonce III; Christopher Frayling; Angela Carter; Neville Armstrong of Neville Spearman Publishers; Fred L. Pelton, author of The Guide to the Cthulhu Cult, 1996; Andrewrazsky; Michael Hubak; Steven Capo; Larry Barnes; Michael Baigent; Khem Caigan; Robert Temple, author of The Sirius Mystery, 1976; Erich Von Daniken; George T. Wetzel; Willis Conover; Daniel Harms; Steven Greenwood AKA Randolf Carter aka Grand Master Frater Obed Marsh of the Esoteric Order of Dagon aka EOD; Jason Colavito, author of The Cult of Alien Gods; Alan Cabal, author of The Doom that came to Chelsea; Chris Jarocha-Ernist; Francis T. Laney; Fred L. Pelton;




Friends: the LMN Science Fiction Authors Club; Robert Bloch (author of Psycho); Clark Ashton Smith; Robert E. Howard (creator of Conan the Barbarian); ex-wife Sonia Greene aka Sonia Half Greene; Fritz Leiber; Frank Belknap Long; George W. Eveleth; Zealia Brown Reed aka Zealia Bishop; L. Sprague de Camp; Samuel Loveman; Lin Carter; Hazel Heald; Mark Schorer;

Organizations: Weird Tales magazine

Author: Cthulhu Mythos story cycle AKA "Yog-Sothothery" ; pulp horror stories; "The Tomb"; "Dagon" somewhat racist story "The Horror at Red Hook"; The Case of Charles Dexter Ward; At the Mountains of Madness.; ghost-writing, "The Mound", "Winged Death", "The Diary of Alonzo Typer" and for Harry Houdini "Under the Pyramids" (also known as "Imprisoned With the Pharaohs"); "The Rats in the Walls"; "The Lurking Fear"; "Arthur Jermyn"; "The Alchemist"; "The Shadow Over Innsmouth"; "The Doom that Came to Sarnath";"The Colour Out of Space" ; "The Dreams in the Witch House" ; "The Thing on the Doorstep"; "The Outsider"; "The Shadow Out of Time"; "Polaris"; "The Call of Cthulhu"; Herbert West–Reanimator; "The Silver Key"; The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath; Four Prose Poems; Fungi from Yuggoth; Nyarthathotep, 1920; The Nameless City, 1921; The Hound, 1922; The Festival, 1922; The Strange High House in the Mist, 1926; The Dunwich Horror, 1929; The Whisperer in Darkness, 1930; The Haunter of the Dark, 1935; History of the Necronomicon; The Lurker at the Threshold; The Lurking Fear ; The Night Ocean, with Robert H. Barlow; Supernatural Horror in Literature; and these fake books appear in his real books and stories: Book of Eibon, the Pnakotic Manuscripts, "the Cultes des Goules of Comte d'Erlette, the Unaussprechlichen Kulten of von Junzt, and old Ludvig Prinn's hellish De Vermis Mysteriis"; and he referenced real books like Olaus Wormius, the Turba Philosophorum, the works of Hermes Trismegistus and H. P. Blavatsky's The Book of Dzayan;

QUOTES: The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far;


Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._P._Lovecraft; http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/l#a34724 ; influenced http://darkbooks.org/collection/Hans-Rudolf-Giger.html ; download his books at http://darkbooks.org/collection/Howard-Phillips-Lovecraft.html; or as audio - http://librivox.org/author/424 ; http://www.sacred-texts.com/nec/index.htm ; http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/12/hp-lovecraft-on-big-data/281947/ ; order your Obey Cthulhu Tee shirt here - http://www.teefury.com/gallery/2314/Obey_Cthulhu/ ; http://www.salon.com/2014/03/11/true_detective_is_no_h_p_lovecraft_story_partner/ ; H.P.Lovecraft & the Black Magickal Tradition by John L. Steadman, 2015