Inspiring quotes by H. P. Lovecraft

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by H. P. Lovecraft

  • I have no illusions concerning the precarious status of my tales and do not expect to become a serious competitor of my favorite weird authors.
  • It would not be amiss for the novice to write the last paragraph of his story first, once a synopsis of the plot has been carefully prepared – as it always should be.
  • I am well-nigh resolv’d to write no more tales but merely to dream when I have a mind to, not stopping to do anything so vulgar as to set down the dream for a boarish Publick.
  • The earliest English attempts at rhyming probably included words whose agreement is so slight that it deserves the name of mere ‘assonance’ rather than that of actual rhyme.
  • In writing a weird story, I always try very carefully to achieve the right mood and atmosphere and place the emphasis where it belongs.
  • The appeal of the spectrally macabre is generally narrow because it demands from the reader a certain degree of imagination and a capacity for detachment from everyday life.
  • That metre itself forms an essential part of all true poetry is a principle which not even the assertions of an Aristotle or the pronouncements of a Plato can disestablish.
  • Even when the characters are supposed to be accustomed to the wonder, I try to weave an air of awe and impressiveness corresponding to what the reader should feel. A casual style ruins any serious fantasy.
  • The ‘punch’ of a truly weird tale is simply some violation or transcending of fixed cosmic law – an imaginative escape from palling reality – hence, phenomena rather than persons are the logical ‘heroes.’
  • The reason why time plays a great part in so many of my tales is that this element looms up in my mind as the most profoundly dramatic and grimly terrible thing in the universe.
H. P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was an influential American writer known for his contributions to the horror genre. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Lovecraft developed an early interest in science, astronomy, and the supernatural. Despite facing financial hardships, he immersed himself in literature and began writing stories at a young age.

Lovecraft’s writing is characterized by a unique blend of cosmic horror, psychological terror, and elements of science fiction. He created a mythos known as the Cthulhu Mythos, a shared universe that incorporated ancient cosmic entities, forbidden knowledge, and the fragility of human sanity.

While Lovecraft’s work gained limited recognition during his lifetime, his stories achieved widespread acclaim posthumously, influencing countless writers and filmmakers. Some of his most renowned works include “The Call of Cthulhu,” “At the Mountains of Madness,” and “The Shadow over Innsmouth.”

Despite his literary success, Lovecraft faced personal struggles, including social isolation and financial instability. His worldview was often marked by a deep pessimism, reflected in his writings. Lovecraft’s legacy extends beyond his stories, as his ideas and themes continue to inspire and captivate readers to this day. His contribution to the horror genre remains immeasurable, cementing his position as one of the most important figures in literary history.

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