Howard Phillips Lovecraft – American writer specializing in creating horror and fantasy stories.

He is considered one of the most significant writers of the twentieth century.

He created a series of myths he called the “Arkham Cycle”. They are now known as “Cthulhu mythology”, “Lovecraft mythology”.

Howard Phillips Lovecraft interesting facts

1. Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born 129 years ago. He died 82 years ago (data: May 2019).

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2. He spent the last years of his life in dire poverty. He couldn’t make a living from writing.

3. His work has been used in many games, movies and music.

4. Howard Phillips Lovecraft used in his departments a literary philosophy called “cosmism” in which God does not exist and the human being is meaningless in an endless universe.

5. He wrote under various pseudonyms: Lewis Theobald, Humphrey Littlewit, Ward Phillips, Edward Softly, Percy Simple.

6. His name and surname are often given in the form of initials: H. P. Lovecraft.

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7. After his grandmother died, when he was 5, he began to have terrible nightmares, on the basis of which he later began writing horror films. He said the event had plunged his family into darkness.

8. From an early age, he was interested in mythology, astronomy and chemistry.

9. He was closed in on himself. He only opened up to people who had similar interests.

10. He spent most of his life in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

11. During his life, he wrote over 87,000 letters.

12. He never received his high school diploma.

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13. Edgar Allan Poe was his favorite writer. He once said, “Poe was my God of fiction.”

14. Stephen King admitted that he was inspired by the works of Lovecraft.

15. August Derleth (Lovecraft’s friend) contributed to the fact that the world heard about his work by creating the publishing house Arkham House.

16. He had many friends among famous writers (Robert Howard, Robert Bloch, Fritz Leiber).

17. His family did not have the money to buy a tombstone. In 1977, it was built with money collected by fans of his work.

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18. His wife was 7 years older than him.

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Howard Phillips Lovecraft questions and answers

Where and when was Howard Phillips Lovecraft born?

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island (United States).

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Howard Phillips Lovecraft lived for how many years?

Howard Phillips Lovecraft lived 46 years.

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How tall was Howard Phillips Lovecraft?

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was about 179 cm tall.

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What sign of the Zodiac was Howard Phillips Lovecraft under?


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Where and when did Howard Phillips Lovecraft die?

Howard Phillips Lovecraft died on March 15, 1937 in Providence, Rhode Island (United States).

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What was the cause of his death?

He died of cancer of the small intestine.

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Why did he not achieve commercial success during his lifetime?

He lacked self-confidence, which made him unable to promote himself properly.

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