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Remembering H. P. Lovecraft:
August 20, 1890–March 15, 1937

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Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890, in Providence, Rhode Island, and died there of cancer on March 15, 1937. An heir to Poe and Hawthorne, Lovecraft is one of the pioneers of modern science fiction, fantasy, and horror literature. Lovecraft is a literary favorite in New Rightist circles, for reasons that will become clear from a perusal of the following works on this website.

By Lovecraft himself:

  • “The Street,” here
  • “Polaris,” here
  • “The Racial Worldview of H. P. Lovecraft,” Part 1, here
  • “The Racial Worldview of H. P. Lovecraft,” Part 2, here
  • “The Racial Worldview of H. P. Lovecraft,” Part 3, here

About Lovecraft:

  • Kerry Bolton, “Lovecraft’s Politics,” here (Czech translation here)
  • Kerry Bolton, “The Influence of H. P. Lovecraft on Occultism,” here
  • Jonathan Bowden, “H. P. Lovecraft: Aryan Mystic,” here (Czech translation here)
  • Greg Johnson, “The Lovecraftian Art of Harold Arthur McNeill,” here
  • Trevor Lynch, Review of Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknownhere
  • James J. O’Meara, “The Corner at the Center of the World,” here
  • James J. O’Meara, “The Edlritch Evola,” here
  • James J. O’Meara, “The Lesson of the Monster; or, The Great, Good Thing on the Doorstep,” here
  • James J. O’Meara, “The Princess and the Maggot,” here

As for editions of Lovecraft’s writings, I recommend the Library of America volume H. P. Lovecraft: Tales, ed. Peter Straub (New York: Library of America, 2005), which contains 22 stories and novellas, including all of Lovecraft’s classic mature works, such as “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward,” “The Colour out of Space,” “The Dunwich Horror,” “At the Mountains of Madness,” “The Shadow over Innsmouth,” “The Dreams in the Witch House,” “The Thing on the Doorstep,” “The Shadow out of Time,” and “The Haunter of the Dark.” All of the texts are based on S. T. Joshi’s definitive edition of Lovecraft’s fiction.

Joshi’s edition is published in three volumes: The Dunwich Horror And Others, selected by August Derleth, ed. S. T. Joshi (Sauk City, Wis.: Arkham House, 1963); At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels, selected by August Derleth, ed. S. T. Joshi (Sauk City, Wis.: Arkham House, 1964); and Dagon and Other Macabre Tales, selected by August Derleth, ed. S. T. Joshi (Sauk City, Wis.: Arkham House, 1965). (One must exercise great care in ordering these volumes from Amazon.com, as there are many inferior editions with similar names. The more recent printings are afflicted with hideously cheesy cover art.)

To complete one’s collection of Lovecraft’s fiction, one needs to buy two more volumes. First, there is The Horror in the Museum and Other Revisions, ed. S. T. Joshi (Sauk City, Wis.: Arkham House, 1989), contains works wholly or partially ghost-written by Lovecraft, including some crucial contributions to the Cthuhlu mythos, such as the masterful novella “The Mound,” the fruit of profound meditations on cultural decadence. Second, one needs The Ancient Track: The Complete Poetical Works of H. P. Lovecraft, ed. S. T. Joshi (San Francisco: Night Shade Books, 2001).

Joshi has also edited a five volume edition of Lovecraft’s Collected Essays. August Derleth and various collaborators also published a five volumes of Lovecraft’s Selected Letters.

I also recommend S. T. Joshi’s H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (West Warwick, R.I.: Necronomicon Press, 1996), which has now been superseded by an expanded, two-volume biography I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft (New York: Hippocampus Press, 2010). Also very interesting from a political and philosophical point of view is Joshi’s  H. P. Lovecraft: The Decline of the West (Gillette, N.J.: Wildside Press, 1990), which deals with Lovecraft’s philosophy of life and art.

The best online resource on Lovecraft is The H. P. Lovecraft Archive, http://www.hplovecraft.com/.

 

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2 Comments

  1. White Republican
    Posted August 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    S. T. Joshi’s book, H. P. Lovecraft: The Decline of the West, looks quite interesting. I’m more than a little sympathetic to Lovecraft’s philosophical materialism. Lovecraft’s “cosmic indifferentism” strikes a chord with me. Revilo P. Oliver expressed this viewpoint well when he wrote of integral atheism:

    “The atheist must confront the horrors of reality in a universe in which we and all organic life are only transitory epiphenomena produced by a chance chemical reaction on a minor satellite of our insignificant sun, which is but one of many thousands of balls of incandescent gas in a galaxy that is one of thousands and perhaps millions that are equally lost in an infinite void vast beyond comprehension. Even the bravest may be daunted by the realization that we belong to a species that is alone in a world not made for man, with no hope of succor except from our puny selves. Even the bravest may quail at perception of our dolorous and perilous plight in a world on which incompatible and necessarily hostile races will now have to fight it out for survival on an overcrowded planet.” (“The Bear in the Bush,” Liberty Bell, September 1990.)

  2. Mr. Sardonicus
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    An Atheist is just a Xtian who’s traded his Jehovah for science.

    While I consider HPL to be one of the greatest authors in the history of the English speaking world, I always found his stance on mechanical materialism to be at odds with his stance on Jewry. In this respect HPL suffered from the same kind of hubris as did the Age of Enlightenment faux intelligentsia.

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