H. P. Lovecraft
(August 20, 1890 -- March 15, 1937)
Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American fan and pro who spent most of his life in Providence, RI where he wrote weird fiction. He was one of the most influential writers in the sf and fantasy genre. Beginning with his first published story in 1919, he wrote what he called "cosmic horror', the idea that the universe is essentially unknowable and inimical to humans. Most of his stories fit into the Cthulhu Mythos. Arkham House was founded to bring his works back into print.
While HPL's reputation now rests on his professional work, he was equally influential as a fan, maintaining a huge correspondence as well as publishing in fanzines. He was active in Amateur Journalism, and helped to bring the APA into fandom. He was a member of the National amateur press association NAPA and of its rival, the United amateur press association UAPA. The World Fantasy Award trophy statuette was designed by artist Gahan Wilson and was first presented at the 1st World Fantasy Convention in 1975. The use of this statuette was discontinued by the World Fantasy Awards committee in 2016 for reasons which many have found controversial.
Fanzines and books devoted to Lovecraft include:
- I Am Providence. The definitive biography by S. T. Joshi. (2 vols)
- * Crypt of Cthulhu
- H. P. Lovecraft, a Portrait
- The New H. P. Lovecraft Bibliography
- The Acolyte
- Strange Lands -- A Guide to The Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft
- Lovecraft's Library: A Catalogue
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
Also involved: - 1945 Best Series Retro Hugo - 1969 Open ESFA - August Derleth - Bacchanalia - Chaosium - Clark Ashton Smith - Cthulhu Cultus - Cyrus B. Condra - Donald Wandrei - Dragon Press - Duane W. Rimel - E'ch Pi El - E. Hoffmann Price - F. Orlin Tremaine - F. Paul Wilson - FAPA - Fanciful Tales of Time and Space - Fantasmagoria - Francis Towner Laney - Franklin Lee Baldwin - Fungi from Yuggoth - Henry Kuttner - Henry Whitehead - Hippocampus Press - Hugh B. Cave - Hugo Gernsback - Ian Ballantine - Joseph Payne Brennan - Julius Schwartz - Let's Swap - Lovecraft Circle - Lovecraft Society of New England - Magazine of Horror - Mirage Press - Miskatonic River Press - Mort Weisinger - Mythos Collector - Necronomicon (book) - Necronomicon Press - Once Around the Bloch: an Unauthorized Autobiography - Phoxphyre - Providence H. P. Lovecraft Friends' Group - R. H. Barlow - Richard L. Tierney - Robert Bloch - Robert M. Price - Robert Weinberg - S. T. Joshi - Samuel D. Russell - Science Fiction Advancement Association - Seabury Quinn - Spoor Anthology - Stephen Jones - Supernatural Horror in Literature - The Battle That Ended the Century - The Conservative - The Esoteric Order of Dagon - The Fantasy Fan - The Miskatonic - The Purple Dawn - The Recluse - The Shadow Over Innsmouth - V-Con 1 - VCON 13 - Weird Tales - Will Murray - Willis Conover - Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention 15
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