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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:

Books for sale:

  • H. P. Lovecraft, The Conservative: The Complete Issues 1915–1923, here
  • H. P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature, here

Short stories and letters:

  • “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:


  • James J. O’Meara’s The Eldritch Evola . . . & Others, here


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

Articles and reviews about Lovecraft:

  • Kerry Bolton, “Lovecraft’s Politics,” here (Czech translation here, Portuguese 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
  • Alex Kurtagić, “The Gentleman from Providence”: Review of S. T. Joshi’s I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft, 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

Articles and reviews making substantial use of Lovecraft:

  • James J. O’Meara, “A Light Unto the Nations: Reflections on Olaf Stapledon’s The Flames,” here
  • James J. O’Meara, “Mike Hammer, Occult Dick: Kiss Me Deadly as Lovecraftian Tale,” here
  • James J. O’Meara, “Lovecraft in a Northern Town: John Braine’s The Vodi,” 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. rhondda
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry, I really am, but this is so interesting I could not resist. If this is true, well there is a letter, then the guy had a heart. I like him better now.

  2. Bob
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    From a lifelong fan of Lovecraft, many thanks for this excellent article. Many people who are attracted to HPL’s writing are horrified by his race realism. I am glad to see the New Right taking an interest in his work and views.

  3. Daniel
    Posted August 20, 2014 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Michel Houellebecq’s ‘The Elementary Particles’ (AKA Atomised) is a really great book.
    When I first read it I shocked by how much more intellectually exciting it was compared to the kind of knowing-but-impotent ‘literature’ celebrated by the literary festival crowd and their fellow travelers in the media.
    And some of Houellebecq’s other stuff is almost as good.

    Houellebecq also wrote a book about Lovecraft.

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