Third part of a three-part series. My guests and I discuss The
Call of Cthulhu, the most famous story by H. P. Lovecraft featuring his
iconic creation, and we also talk about the roleplaying game of the same name.
Lovecraft, H. P. The Complete Works.
H. P. Lovecraft
born 1890, died 1937
Born in Providence, RI, son of a traveling salesman and a woman
who could trace her ancestry back to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. When
Lovecraft was only 3 years old, his father was placed in a psychiatric
institution and died 5 years later, as Lovecraft himself claimed, of paralysis
brought on by “nervous exhaustion.” Lovecraft’s mother suffered from hysteria
and depression and died at the same hospital about 23 years later.
Lovecraft was raised by his mother and his mother’s family,
including his grandfather who was a businessman. It was this grandfather who
encouraged him to read and interested him in tales of Gothic horror.
Lovecraft was an intelligent but sickly child who grew into a
gaunt, pale adult. He suffered a nervous breakdown prior to his high school
graduation and never received his diploma. Although today he is regarded by
fans as one of the greatest literary geniuses of the 20th century, he was never
financially successful in his own time, partly due to his own unwillingness. He
was friends with many other writers of his day, including most famously Robert
E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian.
He was briefly married to a woman named Sonia Greene and lived
with her in New York City, where he was famously miserable.
Lovecraft returned to Providence in 1926 and lived there until his
death in 1937. He was diagnosed with cancer of the small intestine and died in
Today the images of H. P. Lovecraft and his most famous creation,
the monster Cthulhu, are well known to gamers. Cthulhu appears on t-shirts, in
board games, card games, roleplaying games, and video games. He is credited as
an inspiration by many, many horror and fantasy writers, and filmmakers who
came after him. And yet his name is relatively unknown outside of geek and
gamer culture, probably less recognizable to the general public than Edgar
Allen Poe and Steven King.
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