Today miskatonic.co.uk remembers the birthday of Howard Phillips Lovecraft born August 20 1890, at 9:00 a.m. in his family home at 194 Angell Street in Providence, Rhode Island. Without Lovecraft this website certainly wouldn’t exist and since his death from Bowel Cancer in 1937 his writings and their derivatives have had a profound effect upon many, many people. Even if you have never read one of his tales it is hard to believe that you haven’t read a book or watched a film that was in some way inspired or influenced by his work. Lovecraft’s themes and ideas have had a huge effect on culture and literature in general with Stephen King calling Lovecraft “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.” King has even made it clear in his semi-autobiographical non-fiction book Danse Macabre that Lovecraft was responsible for his own fascination with horror and the macabre, and was the single largest figure to influence his fiction writing. In this he isn’t alone all of the following authors cite Lovecraft as a major influence in their writing:
Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, August Derleth, Robert Bloch, Fritz Leiber, Jorge Luis Borges, Peter Straub, Clark Ashton Smith, Michel Houellebecq, Graham Harman, Rikki Ducornet, Robert E. Howard, Ramsey Campbell, Alan Moore, Gene Wolfe, China Mieville, George R. R. Martin, Guillermo del Toro, John Carpenter, Stuart Gordon, Neil Gaiman, Brian Lumley, Caitlin R. Kiernan, S.T. Joshi
So, Happy Birthday Howard – thanks for the tales, the inspiration and the horror of it all.
Ia! Cthulhu f’tagn!