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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:


  • Jonathan Bowden, “H. P. Lovecraft: Aryan Mystic,” here

Articles and reviews:

  • 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
  • James J. O’Meara, “‘A General Outline of the Whole’: Lovecraft as Heideggerian Event,” a review of Graham Harman’s Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy, 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, as there are many inferior editions with similar names. The more recent printings are afflicted with hideously cheesy cover art.)

foodforthought5To 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,



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  1. Posted August 22, 2013 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Wermod and Wermod’s 2013 annotated edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s Supernatural Horror in Literature can be obtained here:

    It comes with cover artwork and a substantial foreword by yours truly.

  2. NND
    Posted August 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    A good site on H.P. Lovecraft:

  3. TPP
    Posted August 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    I have not read any of Joshi’s books or analyses of Lovecraft, but I can recommend “Lovecraft; A Biography”, by L. Sprague De Camp.

  4. Peter Quint
    Posted August 20, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    I enjoy Lovecraft’s work, however I rank him slightly behind Poe. Lovecraft’s poetry leaves something to be desired. It is a shame how the truly great ones die young: Poe, London, Lovecraft and Howard. They had so many productive years ahead of them and if they could have seen what the future held for the white race we would have seen even greater works.

  5. Proofreader
    Posted August 20, 2013 at 4:09 am | Permalink

    The Conservative: The Collected Issues, 1915-1923, recently published by Arktos, should perhaps be added to the above list.

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