Looking at Lovecraft

“Sometimes I believe that this less material life is our truer life, and that our vain presence on the terraqueous globe is itself the secondary or merely virtual phenomenon.”

—H.P. Lovecraft, “Beyond The Wall of Sleep”

Maybe it was the “night gaunts” who terrorized his childhood dreams or his father’s psychosis and hospitalization in Rhode Island’s Butler Hospital when the younger Lovecraft was only three (the cause was actually syphilis) that inspired him. Whatever the reason, Good ol’ HP—Howard Phillips Lovecraft—believer in cosmic horror with his human-nullifying entities, magical rites and forbidden lore, churned out reams of darkness. He’s been called the E.A. Poe of the 20th Century. For those unfamiliar with the Lovecraftean abyss, we offer up a playful primer (just darling) as an introduction to his vision and a lovely list of his works from which to pick and choose.

  • 1897: The Little Glass Bottle
  • 1898: The Secret Cave or John Lees Adventure
  • 1898: The Mystery of the Grave-Yard
  • 1902: The Mysterious Ship
  • 1905: The Beast in the Cave
  • 1908: The Alchemist
  • 1917: The Tomb
  • 1917: Dagon
  • 1917: A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson
  • 1917: Sweet Ermengarde
  • 1918: Polaris
  • 1918/19: The Green Meadow (with Winifred V. Jackson)
  • 1919: Beyond the Wall of Sleep
  • 1919: Memory
  • 1919: Old Bugs
  • 1919: The Transition of Juan Romero
  • 1919: The White Ship
  • 1919: The Doom That Came to Sarnath
  • 1919: The Statement of Randolph Carter
  • 1920: The Terrible Old Man
  • 1920: The Tree
  • 1920: The Cats of Ulthar
  • 1920: The Temple
  • 1920: Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
  • 1920: Poetry and the Gods (with Anna Helen Crofts)
  • 1920: Celephaïs
  • 1920: From Beyond
  • 1920: Nyarlathotep
  • 1920: The Picture in the House
  • 1920/21: The Crawling Chaos (with Winifred V. Jackson)
  • 1920/21: Ex Oblivione
  • 1921: The Nameless City
  • 1921: The Quest of Iranon
  • 1921: The Moon-Bog
  • 1921: The Outsider
  • 1921: The Other Gods
  • 1921: The Music of Erich Zann
  • 1921: Herbert West—Reanimator
  • 1922: Hypnos
  • 1922: What the Moon Brings
  • 1922: Azathoth
  • 1922: The Horror at Martin’s Beach (with Sonia H. Greene)
  • 1922: The Hound
  • 1922: The Lurking Fear
  • 1923 The Rats in the Walls
  • 1923: The Unnamable
  • 1923: Ashes (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)
  • 1923: The Ghost-Eater (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)
  • 1923: The Loved Dead (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)
  • 1923: The Festival
  • 1924: Deaf, Dumb, and Blind (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)
  • 1924: Under the Pyramids (with Harry Houdini)
  • 1924: The Shunned House
  • 1925: The Horror at Red Hook
  • 1925: In the Vault
  • 1926: Cool Air
  • 1926: The Call of Cthulhu
  • 1926: Two Black Bottles (with Wilfred Blanch Talman)
  • 1926: Pickman’s Model
  • 1926: The Silver Key
  • 1926: The Strange High House in the Mist
  • 1926: The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
  • 1927: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
  • 1927: The Colour Out of Space
  • 1927: The Very Old Folk
  • 1927: The Thing in the Moonlight (spurious)
  • 1927: The Last Test (with Adolphe de Castro)
  • 1927: History of the Necronomicon
  • 1928: The Curse of Yig (with Zealia Bishop)
  • 1929: The Mound (with Zealia Bishop)
  • 1930: Medusa’s Coil (with Zealia Bishop)
  • 1930: The Whisperer in Darkness
  • 1931: At the Mountains of Madness
  • 1931: Discarded Draft of The Shadow Over Innsmouth
  • 1931: The Shadow Over Innsmouth
  • late 1931: The Trap (with Henry S. Whitehead)
  • 1932: The Dreams in the Witch House
  • 1932: The Man of Stone (with Hazel Heald)
  • 1932: The Horror in the Museum (with Hazel Heald)
  • 1932: Through the Gates of the Silver Key (with E. Hoffmann Price)
  • 1933: Winged Death (with Hazel Heald)
  • 1933: Out of the Aeons (with Hazel Heald)
  • 1933/35: The Horror in the Burying-Ground (with Hazel Heald)
  • 1933: The Hoard of the Wizard-Beast (with R. H. Barlow)
  • 1933: The Slaying of the Monster (with R. H. Barlow)
  • 1934: The Tree on the Hill (with Duane W. Rimel)
  • 1934: The Battle that Ended the Century (with R. H. Barlow)
  • 1934: The Shadow Out of Time
  • 1935: “Till A’ the Seas” (with R.H. Barlow)
  • 1935: Collapsing Cosmoses (with R.H. Barlow)
  • 1935: The Challenge from Beyond (with C. L. Moore; A. Merritt; Robert E. Howard, and Frank Belknap Long)
  • 1935: The Disinterment (with Duane W. Rimel)
  • 1935: The Diary of Alonzo Typer (with William Lumley)
  • 1935: The Haunter of the Dark
  • 1936: In the Walls of Eryx (with Kenneth Sterling)
  • 1936: The Night Ocean (with R.H. Barlow)

  • “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. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”

    —H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu, 1926


    —Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/the Daily Slice

    • http://www.deadlovebook.com Audrey Streetman

      Mr. Lovecraft was certainly prolific! I’ve been thinking about Erin who isn’t a zombie but whose boyfriend tried to make her one — I’ve had boyfriends like that!

    • http://www.deadlovebook.com Erin Orison

      Creepy guys? Wait till you meet Clement.

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