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H. P. Lovecraft

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (Earth-1218)

H.P.L.,[1] HPL,[2] H.P. Lovecraft, Lovecraft, Lewis Theobald, Humphrey Littlewit, Ward Phillips, Edward Softly




Date of Birth
Date of Death

August 20th, 1890
March 15th, 1937

Professional History

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American author specializing in the genre of "weird fiction".

He is most widely recognized for creating a pantheon of cosmic beings commonly known as the "Great Old Ones", and being the origin of the Cthulhu Mythos, though he never intended to do so, as stated by August Derleth (a fellow writer and correspondent of Lovecraft), who coined the name, structured the stories in that continuity, and greatly expanded it (through his publishing activity as Arkham House, and by writing his own Cthulhu Mythos.

Legacy in Marvel Comics

Lovecraft's work has been adapted several times in various Marvel Comics projects, most recently in the 2008 series Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft.

Lovecraft's work has laid the groundwork for many other characters and work of fiction. In Marvel Comics, many of his creations were introduced (often as mere mentions, similarly to the style of the Cthulhu Mythos' cryptic name-droppings, while many subjects and storylines were inspired by his fiction, such as the Serpent-Men of Starkesboro (based on the Deep Ones of Insmouth), Magneto's island-base in the Bermuda Triangle and R'llyeh (among others inspired by R'lyeh), or Chthon (sometimes described as a stand-in for Cthulhu).

Doctor Strange villain and lord of the Great Old Ones Shuma-Gorath is sometimes stated to have inspired by the Lovecraft creation H.P. Lovecraft's creation Shub-Niggurath (a name which possibly inspired Robert E. Howard[3] (the creator of Conan, Kull, Red Sonja, Solomon Kane, and many other characters, as well as another fellow writer, Cthulhu Mythos contributor, and correspondent of Lovecraft) in the short story "The Curse of the Golden Skull" (published posthumously in 1967), where "the Iron-Bound Books of Shuma Gorath" were mentioned.

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