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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, also known as H.P. Lovecraft was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction between 1917 and 1937, especially the subgenre known as 'weird fiction'.

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What happens in the end of "The Mound" by H.P. Lovecraft?

So the main character went inside the mound, how did he left the mound untouched by the old beings living there? Did the tulu-metal protect him from the beings that could grab him into the mound or ...
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How did Curwen become a necromancer?

I'm wondering whether Curwen was chosen by someone or something, or whether he became a necromancer by himself? In the book there's this text in a letter from Curwen to Orne... Him whom we serve for ...
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What tactics did Captain Orpheus Cambarro employ to seize control of Imboca?

In Stuart Gordon's 2001 film Dagon (an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth), a dramatic flashback sequence shows how the townspeople of Imboca were led astray by Captain ...
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Short story about a sea monster attacking a ship - this author inspired Lovecraft

Some time ago I borrowed a little book, which was a collection of short stories. I am really talking likely of a less-than-200 pages book. I think that on the back of the book was written that this ...
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Why did the victims in H.P.Lovecraft's stories happen to be very intelligent?

For example in Dreams in the Witch-house, the protagonist is a very talented student at Miskatonic university Does it implicate that only the brightest will learn the truth and as they either go mad ...
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Gloomy HP Lovecraft adventure quest with de-hydrated water

There's an H.P. Lovecraft tome I can't tell you much about as I found it far too long and gloomy to finish. It must have been in paperback print somewhen roughly around 1970. My justification for 'far ...
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Necronomicon short story about a twin brother who is killed by a wizard, and comes back to take revenge

This is a story most probably by Lovecraft. A wizard kills the twin brother out of jealousy. That brother is trying to come back to take revenge.
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Lovecraft mention of fate of pilots who flew too high

In the question Short story with monsters in the stratosphere who attack a biplane Aaron Decker asks: I'm trying to find the title of a short story I read a number of years ago. In the story, the ...
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Does the name of Shub Niggurath contain or reference a racial slur?

I've always thought that the name of the Lovecraft deity Shub Niggurath was intended to sound vaguely Semitic, but I recently noticed that it seems to encode a certain well-known English-language ...
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Was the anticolonial sentiment in "In the Walls of Eryx" a product of Lovecraft's own thinking, or did it original with his coauthor?

H. P. Lovecraft is known for having been fairly racist. However, the racism in his writing definitely seems to moderate over time. Comparing the overt racism in "He" (1925) to the the more ...
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Why does Lovecraft write that Mount Nansen (approx. 9000 ft.) is 15,000 feet high?

In the first chapter of At The Mountains of Madness I read the peak of Mt. Nansen in the eastern distance, towering up to its height of almost fifteen thousand feet. Isn't that height plainly ...
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Suggested order to read HP Lovecraft [duplicate]

In the help I read a good reason to ask a question is franchise/series reading or viewing order. The thing is, I've bought some of Lovecraft's books for my mother, and she appreciated the first one I ...
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What is the purpose of Curwen's altar?

I am re-reading H. P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. During Dr. Willet's dungeon crawl through Joseph Curwen's underground empire, he comes across an altar. After a time he reached a ...
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Lovecraft story about a man who doesn't know he's a monster

I read this story for my English class last year. The man starts out in a castle which he has lived in his whole life. He can't go through the forest because he always leads back to the castle. He ...
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What is meant by the final sentence in "The Mound" by H.P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop?

I've recently read "The Mound" and am having trouble fully understanding the big reveal. For those interested, here is the full text of the story: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/...
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Where does the huge black doorway from which Cthulhu emerges lead to?

In H. P. Lovecraft’s well-known tale “The Call of Cthulhu” the narrator (Francis Wayland Thurston) tells about strange facts that he has learned from the papers of his recently deceased grand-uncle, ...
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How old are the Old Gods in the Cthulhu Mythos?

In the Cthulhu Mythos the Old Gods have been around since the beginning of the creation of our planet, but just how old are they exactly? I've seen in videos about them that some are as old as 6 ...
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Were the original forms of the Great Race of Yith ever explored?

In H. P. Lovecraft's The Shadow Out of Time, we learn that the four-limbed rugose bodies of the Great Race of Yith are not their original forms: And, meanwhile, the Great Race itself waxed well-nigh ...
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What are some examples of Lovecraft's racism in his published short stories?

I was reading a review of Color out of Space at Ars Technica and some of the commenters were really up in arms about Lovecraft's racism. Now, I don't doubt the man was racist and that above the ...
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Relationship of Nyarlathotep and Deep Ones

Nyarlathotep is almost everywhere in Mythos, but as far as I know he is not mentioned in Lovecraft's work in relation to Deep Ones. In fact, I don't even recall that Cthulhu is mentioned in such way, ...
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Does the Miskatonic River match a real place?

I haven't read any of H.P. Lovecraft's works, but lately I've been intrigued by these fictional locations in my state of Massachusetts. This is how Wikipedia describes the location. The Miskatonic ...
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Where did Lovecraft write about Carcosa?

According to Wikipedia American writers Robert W. Chambers and H.P. Lovecraft borrowed the term Carcosa for their stories. I have copies of books that between them claim to be the complete ...
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Does something like a "Blood God" exist?

Is there a type of "Blood God" in the Lovecraft "Universe"? Something like a creature that is heavily connected with blood in any kind of form. I need it for a backstory of a character who is a ...
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Is there an intentional pun in this quote from the Necronomicon?

The Necronomicon is a fictional book mentioned in a number of Lovecraft's short stories and novellas. And we know a few quotes from it. In "The Nameless City" (1921), a rhyming couplet that appears ...
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What happened to Ezra Weeden?

It is stated in the book that Weeden's grave has been dug up, body stolen and tombstone broken. Later ...Fred Lemdin, night watchman at Rhodes, declares it was mixed with something very like the ...
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How many wings did the Elder Things Have?

When I first read At the Mountains of Madness, I thought that the the description of the Elder Things (known in that story as "Old Ones") must have had almost perfect fivefold radial symmetry, like ...
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How big is Miskatonic University?

In H. P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, the narrator explains, It is an unfortunate fact that relatively obscure men like myself and my associates, connected only with a small university.....
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How difficult is it to get access to the Necronomicon?

It seems to me that whenever an H. P. Lovecraft story features a student/professor/any other employee of the Miskatonic University, that person has read the Necronomicon. It's almost as if pretty much ...
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Which HP Lovecraft story features a private detective?

I'm trying to recall, does any HP Lovecraft story actually feature a private detective/private eye (male or female) as the main protagonist? The answer should be specifically HPL and not any ...
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Why did the Laundry allow Lovecraft to publish the truth about Cthulu, etc?

In Stross's Laundry Files world, occult government agencies are serious about suppressing the truth regarding eldritch tentacled horrors from another universe. So why did the USA equivalent of The ...
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What actually happens to those taken away by The Lurking Fear?

In H. P. Lovecraft's The Lurking Fear, the eponymous fear is noted for often not leaving any trace of its victims. George Bennett and William Tobey had left no trace, not even of a struggle. They ...
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Was Lovecraft's "Shunned House" a real building?

"The Shunned House" is one of my favorite stories by H. P. Lovecraft, although that is probably a minority opinion. One of the things that is notable about it is the detail with which he describes ...
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Was Edward Pickman Derby from "The Thing on the Doorstep" based on Robert E. Howard?

"The Thing on the Doorstep" (1937) is perhaps my all-time favorite horror story—one of H.P. Lovecraft's best pieces. One of the main characters is Edward Pickman Derby, who finds himself battling ...
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What is in the box? [duplicate]

Near the end of “Herbert West, Reanimator,” the title character receives a sealed box, presumably from a series of reanimated men and body parts who seek vengeance. West and the narrator incinerate ...
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Why did this character surrender so easily?

One of the things that has always bothered me about The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is how allows himself to be taken to the psychiatric hospital by Dr. Willett, several of his medical colleagues, ...
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Who is sample No. 118 in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward?

In H. P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, Dr. Willett Dr. Willett is told by that " 'twas Number 118, and I conceive you would have shook had you looked it up in my list in t'other ...
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Did Houdini make any creative contribution to Under the Pyramids?

It is well know that H. P. Lovecraft wrote the story "Under the Pyramids" (also known as "Imprisoned with the Pharaohs") for the world-famous magician and escape artist Harry Houdini. Houdini ...
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Why are reactions to Old Ones and other horrors so different in Lovecraft's works?

I've read through several of Lovecraft's works, and characters seem to react quite differently from one another in response to witnessing beings not of this world: In The Dunwich Horror, one of the ...
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What happens to Zadok Allen in The Shadow Over Innsmouth?

In Lovecrafts "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" the narrator talks to Zadok Allen, who tells him things he isn't supposed/allowed to tell. This includes the following: The conversation ends like this: ...
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How do Kaiju and Lovecraftian stories relate?

We know that the kaiju and Lovecraftian genres are kinda similar regarding the use of gigantic monsters and so, but Lovecraftian stories seem to cover larger spaces (dealing with stellar-sized ...
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Looking For a specific Lovecraft Story

Hi there I'm brand new here. I have read most of Lovecraft's stuff at one time or another in my life, but I seem to recall a story which had the main character wandering through an old part of the ...
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The chronology and genealogy of Erich Zann

What can we say about the chronology and genealogy of Erich Zann? Here are the facts I have gathered as being potentially relevant: The Music of Erich Zann [Music] was written in 1921 by Lovecraft ...
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What works did Lovecraft and his "Cthulhu Mythos" draw from?

H. P. Lovecraft frequently referenced, drew inspiration from, or outright borrowed elements from others' works. In order to fully appreciate the references and allusions in Lovecraft's stories, what ...
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Was there a secret door "In the Walls of Eryx"?

In H. P. Lovecraft's late (and surprisingly anticolonialist) story "In the Walls of Eryx," coauthored with Kenneth Stirling, two prospectors working in the Venusian jungle get successively trapped in ...
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A genre about hidden/secret history of the world [closed]

I am looking for a genre that I cannot really find to have a common name, but what can be described as a secret or hidden history of the world. Much like Lovecraft where his heroes were studying ...
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Looking for the title of a Lovecraftian story about faces getting torn off

In the sixties I remember reading a story where a group of men are searching for an unknown, unseen monster who was killing people and destroying property. At one point, the men barricade themselves ...
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Why do people refer to "cultists" in the Lovecraftian mythos, if Lovecraft himself never used the word?

I've search around the complete works of Lovecraft, and he never had used the word cultist, only worshipper or follower. Today this is the word used to refer to the member of cults in the Mythos ...
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What is happening in "The Crawling Chaos"? [closed]

I read the short story from H. P. Lovecraft "The Crawling Chaos" https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Crawling_Chaos At first it's kind of understandable, a guy takes Opiates and gets high, but after ...
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Who or what was #118? [duplicate]

I just finished reading H. P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. (Spoilers...) One mystery that remains at the end is who exactly was "number 118" (the powerful being summoned by Dr. ...
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What star constellation awakens Cthulhu?

When reading descriptions of Cthulhu I came across the information that he will awaken from his deathlike sleep when the stars are in the right constellation. What is the most specific description ...
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