Free Lovecraft stories, audiobooks, and radio plays


The complete original stories of of H.P. Lovecraft in a free, clean, and easy to read collection.
You can also find audiobooks and audio plays alongside the original short stories and texts.

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The Colour out of Space

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 sunlight...
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The Call of Cthulhu

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 consciousness was manifested, perhaps, in shapes and forms long since withdrawn before the tide of advancing humanity.....
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The Dunwich Horror

Gorgons and Hydras, and Chimaeras - dire stories of Celaeno and the Harpies - may reproduce themselves in the brain of superstition - but they were there before. They are transcripts, types - the archtypes are in us, and eternal...
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The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. And the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.

H.P. Lovecraft

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.

More complete lists can be found on our Collections and Lists page.

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Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods

Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods
Mar 11th 2016 12:06pm

Popular digital card game Hearthstone seems to be giving a node to the Cthulhu mythos albeit with a distinctly Warcraft spin. Blizzard has officially announced its next expansion called Whispers of...

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About H.P. Lovecraft


HP Lovecraft Portrait

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

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The Necronomicon
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The Necronomicon by Abdul Alhazred

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Yog Sothoth by Tombo Studios

H.P. Lovecraft's Arkham
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Arkham is a fictional town situated in Massachusetts. It is an integral part of the Lovecraft Country setting created by H. P. Lovecraft, and it is featured in many of his stories and those of other Cthulhu Mythos writers.

Lovecraft in 1935
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