H. P. Lovecraft(20 August, 1890 – 15 March, 1937) was an American writer known for horror fiction and spectacular monsters.
Fun Facts about H. P. Lovecraft
- The author was born as Howard Philips Lovecraft in Providence, RI. He was the only child of Winfield Scott and Sarah Susan Lovecraft.
- At the age of three, the young author was already proficient in reading and writing.
- In 1893 Winfield Scott Lovecraft was committed to Butler Hospital in Providence for doing and saying strange things. He spent five years in the institution before passing away.
- In 1919 his mother Sarah Susan, was committed to Butler as well.
- H.P. Lovecraft loved astronomy, chemistry and goth authors. Unfortunately he never finished high school due to a “nervous breakdown”.
- He studied both science and astronomy on his own, and routinely sleep late. As a result he rarely left the house before sunset.
- The editor of Weird Tales asked Lovecraft to write a column as if he was Harry Houdini. As a person of great imagination, Lovecraft wrote “Under the Pyramids” which, although completely false, delighted the magician. The two remained friends until Lovecraft’s death.
- A prolific writer, it is estimated that Mr. Lovecraft wrote 100,000 letters during his lifetime, second only to Voltaire.
- Arkham Asylum, where Batman puts Gotham City’s villains, was inspired by HP Lovecraft stories, Arkham being the name of the fictional city many of his stories take place.
- In 1937 HP Lovecraft died of cancer of the small intestine.
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