West of Arkham the
hills rise wild, and there are valleys with deep woods that no axe has
ever cut. There are dark narrow glens where the trees slope fantastically,
and where thin brooklets trickle without ever having caught the glint
Of such great powers or beings there may be conceivably a survival...
a survival of a hugely remote period when... consciousness was manifested,
perhaps, in shapes and forms long since withdrawn before the tide
of advancing humanity.....
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. And the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
Where to start with Lovecraft?
Often people are overwhelmed with the volume of stories that Lovecraft wrote but many of his writings were short stories of only a couple of pages. For most readers looking to learn more about Cthulhu or the Cthulhu Mythos the best place to start is obviously The Call of Cthulhu. For people more interested in his other works good places to start are The Dunwich Horror, At the Mountains of Madness, and The Colour out of Space. If you have only a short time to venture into a story Dagon or Nyarlathotep are quite short.
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About H.P. Lovecraft
Lovecraft was a prolific writer born in Providence, Rhode Island, whose work in the early 20th century never garnered widespread interest. Since then he has achieved posthumous fame and has had and will continue to have a heavy influence on science fiction horror.
The distinctly Lovecraftian style of cosmic indifference and unknown terror can be felt in the literary works of authors like, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and William S. Burroughs amongst others. His influence in cinema can be felt in the design and artwork of Alien created by HR Geiger, in many of John Carpenter movies such as The Thing, and in the works of Guillermo Del Toro.
Lovecraft’s themes touch upon forbidden knowledge, cosmic fate, non-human influences on humanity, and the risks of science pushing too far. His writing style was heavily influenced by Edgar Allen Poe and they shared many similarities in their lives such as the early loss of their fathers and a strong interest in poetry. Lovecraft references several of Poe's works in his own in stories like The Shadow over Innsmouth, and a direct quote in At the Mountains of Madness from The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Poe. Read more about the author