Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Day 19 of October Horror Month: The Works of H.P. Lovecraft

“Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity.” H. P. Lovecraft

Howard Phillips "H. P." Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction. Before Lovecraft and since, there have been many authors of the genres he wrote in. But, of them, few reached into the cold, unfathomed logic of evil and the response of the human mind to that evil, like Lovecraft. As such, his work in this horror month is perfectly apt. No author but Lovecraft has ever scared me like his words were able.

“I am writing this under an appreciable mental strain, since by tonight I shall be no more. Penniless, and at the end of my supply of the drug which alone makes life endurable, I can bear the torture no longer; and shall cast myself from this garret window into the squalid street below. “ H.P. Lovecraft "Dagon" - Written Jul 1917; First published in The Vagrant, No. 11 (November 1919)

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