Howard Phillips Lovecraft known as H.P. Lovecraft wrote science fiction, fantasy, and horror, a genre that during his life was called "weird fiction."
He was the only child of Winfield Scott Lovecraft, a traveling salesman of jewelry and precious metals, and Sarah Susan Phillips . When he was three years old, his father had a nervous breakdown and spent five years in a hospital before he died; he probably had a psychotic disease caused by syphilis. So Lovecraft was raised by his mother, two aunts, and his grandfather, who all lived together.
Lovecraft wrote hundreds of poems and short stories, but they were scattered throughout various pulp magazines and publications. It was only after his death that some of the people he had corresponded with in letters were determined to share his work with the public, so they formed a press called Arkham House specifically as a way to publish Lovecraft's work. They issued The Outsider and Others in 1939, and his books are still widely available — books like The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories (1932). Fantasy and horror writers like Stephen King and Neil Gaiman consider Lovecraft one of their major influences, and Jorge Luis Borges wrote a story, "There Are More Things," in memory of Lovecraft.
Lovecraft said: "I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams."
He married Sonia Greene on 3 Mar 1924
He was virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines when he died in poverty.
Burial at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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