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Beginning with his move to Brooklyn in 1925, this factual graphic novel follows HPL on his many moves, his introverted lifestyle, his initial failed attempts to break into Weird Tales and their later attempt to hire him as editor! Interspersed through the bio are pieces of several of his most famous stories, as he daydreams or writes them up and we see related art with Cthulhu, mythical Arkham and The Necronomicon, his "alter ego," Randolph Carter, Charles Dexter Ward, etc. HPL liked hanging out in graveyards at night, and always seemed to return to his beloved Providence.
Creator of the myth of Cthulhu, Arkham, and the sinister Necronomicon, Howard Phillips Lovecraft became known, after his too-early death from cancer in 1937, as one of the most influential horror and fantasy writers ever.
Here is a complete look at his life and his imaginative works. Even Harry Houdini is part of the story--he and HPL had done a project together for Weird Tales, with HPL ghost writing and enhancing a Houdini story. Here we learn they were meeting and starting to work on a series of book debunking seances and superstitions, but Houdini's early death put a stop to that project.
We also learn of the first fan/writer to compile HPL into book form, pre-dating the establishment of Arkham House, in 1945 to preserve his work.
Lovecraft had an unusual childhood marked by tragedy, and became an avid reader. He loved the works of Edgar Allan Poe and developed a special interest in astronomy. As a teenager, he suffered a nervous breakdown and became a reclusive figure, choosing to stay up late studying, reading and writing.
During this time, he managed to start publishing short stories, his inimitable form of horror fiction.
His traveling salesman father developed a mental disorder and, in 1893, became a patient at the Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, where he remained until his death. More fodder for HPL's often-biographical tales.
As mythical as one of his own creations, Lovecraft’s innumerable readers see him as a rather strange figure from another world. Who really was this recluse from Providence? We are also treated to his meeting with E. Hoffman Price, his letters to and from Robert E. Howard, his ill-fated and rather strange marriage, and more details of his life and the Weird Tales authors that he respected and corresponded with.
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Item Code HPLHH Publisher Pegasus Books Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781681778556 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 9x11 # Pages 112pg Color Full Color