VOXX: MAGICKAL BIOGRAPHY - HOWARD PHILLIPS LOVECRAFT
FOUNDER OF MODERN HORROR LITERATURE
Howard Phillips Lovecraft
August 20th, 1890 - March 15th, 1947
BIOGRAPHY OF HOWARD PHILLIPS LOVECRAFT
Lovecraft is widely noted for his contributions to the genre of science fiction writing when the genre was in its infancy. He learned to read at age three and his favorite book was “the Arabian Nights.” A true prodigy, it’s said that his earliest known work “ The Noble Eavesdropper” was written in 1896.
His most beloved subject was astronomy and as a youngster he would “publish” his own newspaper regarding his ideas and stories regarding astronomy and other unusual subjects by painstaking making copies of his writings to distribute to his friends. He endured personal tragedy at a young age first with the loss of his father and grandfather early in his life brought him from a life of affluence to a very modest environment in Providence’s upper crust East Side neighborhood.
When he wasn’t reading Howard was writing. His life was a journey of continued hardship and loss that wrenched him into a nervous breakdown in his youth. Mental illness haunted him and his family with most immediate family dying in the local mental institution during the course of his life.
In 1913 Lovecraft became noticed in the emerging popularity of “pulp fiction”. Reading a story he thought was horrible he began barraging the publisher of the piece with letters. This not only started a lifetime of correspondence but an entry into the publishing arena. He married Sonia Haft Greene in 1924 who owned a millinery shop in Brooklyn, NY. At that point in time Lovecraft was doing work for a new magazine called “ Weird Tales.” After her shop and health failed Lovecraft and Greene divorced in 1929 and he retuned to Providence.
He never reached full critical acclaim for his writing. Forming Arkham House Publishing with two friends he knew strictly through correspondence, “ The Outsider and Others” was the first hardcover publication of his works and it was published in 1939. “The Call of C’thulu” and volumes of his short stories are still widely popular. His work is included in the curriculum of many courses outlining the infancy of Science Fiction in American literature. His works have influence many other writers and artists and his grave is one of the more popular attraction at Swan Point Cemetery.
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