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American poet and author of macabre short novels whose popularity particularly in America and France can be traced to the 1960s or so Cthulhu Mythos stories HP Lovecraft has become a cult figure in the genre of horror fiction and he is considered the most original American writer of weird fiction subsequent to Edgar Allan Poe Lovecrafts imaginary town in his tales Arkham was based on his home town of Providence For after all the victim was a writer and painter wholly devoted to the field of myth dream terror and superstition and avid in his quest for scenes and effects of a bizarre spectral sort His earlier stay in the city - a visit to a strange old man as deeply given to occult and forbidde lore as he - had ended amidst death and flame and it must have been some morbid instict which drew him back from his home in Milwaukee He may have known of the old stories despite his statements to the contrary in the diary and his death may have nipped in the bud some stupndous hoax destined to have a literary reflection from The Haunter Of the Dark 1951 HP Lovecraft was born in Providence Rhode Island He was of predominantly of British stock on both sides of his familyHis mother made him wear his hair long until the age of six and treated him like a girl His father named after the hero Winfield Scott was a travelling salesman who went mad probably from syphilis and died when his son was five Lovecraft suffered from terrifying nightly disturbances and nightmares which lasted until his own death This deeply personal material also creeped into his stories Nyarlathotep is a nightmare - an actual phantasm of my own with the first paragraph written before I fully awakened I had been feeling execrably of late - whole weeks have passed without relief from head-ache from Lovecraft
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