Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction.

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Can the Lovecraftian mythos be found in our modern world? [on hold]

How solidly anchored are the Lovecraft stories of Cthulhu, Arkham, Miskatonic University in the early 20th century? Have there been any significant efforts to update the mythos, with stories, to an ...
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When was the first connection to Arkham asylum in Batman Fiction?

I was trying to find out for a related post, but my googling skills failed me. All I know I'd that in HP Lovecraft's original work it was called a Sanatorium. But when was the asylum first ...
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Is there a Batman-Lovecraft connection?

Arkham is the fictional town that many of Lovecraft's stories take place in. Arkham Asylum in Gotham is named from its founder. But with the line of Arkham-named Batman games, I cannot help but ...
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Was Arkham Asylum inspired by Lovecraft's favourite town?

The Arkham City is one of the most recurring locations in the HPL prose - this is the location of Miskatonic university which hosts the deadly Necronomicon. It is also "famous" for the Arkham ...
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Why are the beings in the earlier H.P Lovecraft series so easily dealt with?

I've recently been listening to classic H.P. Lovecraft horror with audio books. It's quite enjoyable to drive home during a stormy night and listen to classic horror tales. One thing in most of the ...
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The Mathematics of the Cthulhu Cultus aliens called the Old Ones [closed]

Are the mathematics of the aliens called the Old Ones proposed by H.P. Lovecraft simply Fibonacci Mathematics? The occultist Aleister Crowley proposed that a mathematics of Thelema was hidden in his ...
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name of a movie where a giant octopuslike creature climbs a lighthouse

I was just a little kid, so my memories are scarse. But here are the facts: 1 - It was no animation. It had real people. 2 - It was in color. Maybe 70s or early 80s. 3 - Maybe BBC. 4 - The story, ...
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Why didn't Dr. Pretorius die?

In the '80s movie From Beyond, scientists create a resonator that allows them to see creatures from an alternate reality. In the opening scene, the sadistic Dr. Pretorius is beheaded by a strange ...
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What was the Elder Thing's alignment good or evil?

What was the alignment of the Elder Things?
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Does Lovecraft's Color Out Of Space reference the concept of radioactivity?

I've read several interpretations and background information on "The Color out of Space" by H.P. Lovecraft, which all say his goal was to create a kind of truly alien monster - a color instead of a ...
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Cthulhu Mythos: How does the cult recruit people, if at all?

In The Call of Cthulhu there is a worldwide cult that worships Cthulhu (and possibly other great old ones). I'm wondering: how do cult members actually make their way into the cult? A few thoughts I ...
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H. P. Lovecraft & his texts [closed]

Does anyone know why H. P. Lovecraft always (or very often) uses the &-sign instead of "and" in his texts?
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Short story where a character sees another dimension

I read this story years back and I can't remember its title and who wrote it. The plot goes something like this: A guy (or maybe some sort of scientist) gets into a lab accident(?) and his vision is ...
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Reading order of H.P.Lovecraft's stories [duplicate]

I want to start reading some H.P.Lovecraft stories since I've heard a lot of good things about them. Now from what I've gathered, they all take place in our world and some have recurring characters (I ...
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What's in the box at the end of Lovecrafts's Reanimator?

At the end of Herbert West: Reanimator, west has a box delivered to him which he incinerates. The contents of the box is never explicitly mentioned but is it implied as to what's inside? My guess is ...
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What do cultist characters in the H. P. Lovecraft mythos particularly value? [closed]

I'm designing a role playing game set in a Lovecraft-inspired world, and I need some kind of currency in it. The obvious one that comes to my mind is just gold, but since in rpgs atmosphere plays a ...
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Illusions within the Cthulhu Mythos

could anyone please advise me of any beings, within the Cthulhu Mythos, that use any form of illusionary spells. Specifically I'm trying to determine if any are known to use their magic, almost like a ...
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How does a lich work in the Cthulhu Mythos?

I noticed that the liches from H. P. Lovecraft's works are different from D&D. For example, the Lovecraft version seems to lack a phylactery, and they keep their immortality by taking new bodies, ...
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Is Joseph Curwen a Lich?

And I mean the Joseph Curwen from H. P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.
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Did Lovecraft ever describe his fiction as 'cosmic horror'?

H.P Lovecraft wrote extensively about what we now call 'cosmic horror', a mix of elder beings, forgotten gods, and alien beings. All these beings have one thing in common : their chaotic nature. ...
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How closely does our current image of Cthulhu match HP Lovecraft's description?

So we all recognize the squamous dude below as Cthulhu. As far as I know, the only place HPL described the Big C was in the story "The Call of Cthulhu." (Please correct me if I'm wrong.) How closely ...
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Could be a Lovecraft story based on brutal sex and lesbian attitude? [closed]

Sorry about the title. This is just something i´m thinking about very seriously... I've read many Lovecraft stories but my memory is cheating me. I´ve read a short story as it were a Lovecraftian ...
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Was Half Life 1 inspired by HP Lovecraft's “Fungi from Yuggoth”?

The similarities aren't stark, but they remind me about each other so much. Yuggoth... is a strange dark orb at the very rim of our solar system... There are mighty cities on Yuggoth—great ...
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Can't recall a particular event in Lovecraft's Reanimator novel

I'm referring to Lovecraft's Herbert West–Reanimator. Particularly to the chapter where he succeeds to reanimate an intellectual being(since he just got him killed ).I can't recall if this man ...
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What H.P. Lovecraft stories do Charles Stross's Laundry series reference?

I've recently read a few of Charles Stross's Laundry series of books. These obviously reference Lovecraft in many ways but-- since I've never read any Lovecraft -- I don't know which stories are most ...
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Does the TMNT episode 'The Darkness Within' reference a specific H.P. Lovecraft story?

There's no mistaking that the TMNT episode The Darkness Within pays homage to H.P. Lovecraft. Is there any specific story the writers are trying to reference? Or is it just the themes?
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How is “tekeli - li” pronounced?

In At The Mountains Of Madness the "piping sound" of the shoggoths is transcribed as "tekeli - li". This has always bothered me, as I have no idea how to imagine that sound as piping or whistling. How ...
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Did HPL ever draw his creatures, or see drawings in his lifetime?

Howard Lovecraft had a pretty vivid imagination, but did he ever draw out or see others drawings of his creatures from his Cthulhu mythos? If so is there some authoritive, or widely accepted set of ...
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Is John Carpenter's The Thing influenced by At the Mountains of Madness?

The plot of both stories, a group of scientists uncover an alien being which ends up wreaking havoc on their encampment. In At the Mountains of Madness, we don't see the devastation caused by the ...
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Was the film Dark City (1998) influenced by H.P.Lovecraft?

Wikipedia cites a number of influences for the film Dark City (1998), but I was quite surprised to not see H.P.Lovecraft amongst them, since from the very introduction at the start of the film I was ...
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Lovecraft story where the guy gathers his friends around the hearth and tells them a story

... about a guy who delved so deep into the study of occult powers that, when performing some mystical/magickal ceremony, he transported himself across unmeasurable spans of space and time and ...
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Did HP Lovecraft ever publish a novel?

From what I've read HPL exclusively published (or at least submitted) his works to periodicals and magazines. Were any of his works primarily published, primarily as a book?
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How close does the Call of Cthulhu (2005 movie) stick to the novel?

There has recently been a highly acclaimed adaptation of HP Lovecraft's novel, The Call of Cthulhu. I'm very interested in this movie as I've loved the novel, but I wondered how closely this movie ...
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What happens to the black stone in Whisperer in the Darkness?

In the HPL story Whisperer in the Darkness a black stone (presumably a Tablet of some sort) is sought after by the Mi-Go. As one of my favourite stories, I was wondering, did anything happen after the ...
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How could Dr. Willett unsummon this creature in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward?

In Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, the phrase "do not call up any that you can not put down" is oft repeated. ... doe not call up Any that you can not put downe; by the Which I meane, ...
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Where does Cthulhu slumber in "The Call of Cthulhu?

I know it's in the ocean, and off the coast of an uncharted island, but I'm not sure where the island is. I'd been thinking it was Antarctica but I recently realized I was confusing it with At the ...
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What happens at the end of “Mountains of Madness”?

I can only tell from my memory, as I do not have the book here at the moment. I guess Lovecraft never told, but are there hints in other works?
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How much of Stephen King's work is based on Lovecraft's works?

I heard that Stephen King based some of his work on Lovecraft, who based some of his work on E. A. Poe. Does anyone know which works of King's were based on H. P. Lovecraft?
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Has anyone finished Lovecraft's Azathoth?

Lovecraft only wrote a short fragment of Azathoth. Has anyone (fairly well-known) tried to write the whole story in Lovecraft's style?
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Why did the narrator of The Picture in the House need shelter?

H.P. Lovecraft's The Picture in the House begins with the narrator travelling down an abandoned road. From "I did not hesitate to wheel my machine ...", I gather that he was driving a car. His journey ...
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What's the best order to read HP Lovecraft's novels?

I've always been interested in the Cthulhu mythos and I wanted to get into HP Lovecraft's books. What is the best book to start with? I know that Cthulhu was first mentioned in Lovecraft's Call of ...
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What influence did H.P. Lovecraft have on science fiction?

The main focus of Lovecraft's works are indeed... aliens. Lots and lots of aliens. Some visited Earth and lived on it. Some battled between themselves. Some built cities. Some destroyed cities. Some ...