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The Unofficial Lovecraft Studies Magazine Compendium

Updated 14 November 2021

The essential compendium for the Loveraft Studies Magazine on all things H.P. Lovecraft. The Lovecraft Studies magazine was launched in the early 1980s to promote the scholarly criticism of H.P. Lovecraft works.

The Unofficial Lovecraft Studies Compendium

Essential Magazine Compendium

H. P. Lovecraft Notepad

The writing of H. P. Lovecraft now stands on its own as the byword for fantastical horror. It is interesting to understand that Lovecraft wrote many of his stories under his own name. Lovecraft also wrote related stories under many pen-names. He would even lend his own monster to these writers. The more common names that H. P. Lovecraft is known to wite under are, Adolphe de Castro, Hazel Heald, and Zealia Bishop. Many more horific creatures arise in the writings under these pen names.

H. P. Lovecraft's pantheon of other worldly deities are large in count. Many readers will know the big five Lovecraftian deities, Cthulhu, Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, Yog-Sothoth, and Shug-Niggurath. There is plety of controversy on exactly who (or better described as what) belows to the official mythos.

It is the Cthulu Mythos that captures the reader's interest. Lovecraft never used this term. There is conjecture that there never was a Cthulhu Mythos. And yet it sticks in the public's conscious. Lovecraft described his deities as synthetic daemons. Lovecraft seemed to want other writers to refer to his pantheon of deities. There are no stories with Cthulu and other ancient ones as the main character. Rather, they exist to show the insignificance of the human race. The awakening of the ancient ones causes despair. The realization that humans are insignificant in this world is the context of the story.

The mythic premise is explicitly unstructured. This creates the sense of realism. We workshop what we do not know and do not understand. Creating structure defines the Cthulu Mythos is human terms. We categorize. We create taxonomy to understand. The mythic background is only every hinted as. It remains unstructured for effect. It is the terror that lurks in the shadows.

More recently, Wikipedia has developed a strong compendium of information relating to the stories of H. P. Lovecraft. More of Lovecraft's more memorable stories were located in New England. Lovecraft lived and wrote fiction during his time living in New England. Lovecraft found the setting of New England to be ideal for the fantastical. The wider Massachesetts area is called Lovecraft Country. The location of Arkham sits Lovecraft Country. Most people will be aware of the Batman homage to H. P. Lovecraft with Arkham Asylum.

"I wrote only as a means of re-creating around me the atmotsphere of my beloved 18th century favourites, " wrote Lovecraft. Lovecraft is described as valuing his background and heritage. This concept and his desire to live through is heritage features in his writing. Lovecraft believed that the creative output was more authentic when he utilised his knowledge of local customs, attitudes and institutins as background for his writing canvas.

I discovered the Necronomicon in the Evil Dead movie series. It is also a feature of the Evil Dead television series. The name is natural and sounds like an ancient evil myth. It is so real in name that it is easy to mistake it for a real document. There is an urban legend of a Yale student smuggling a library card into the Yale University Library catalog. The Necronomicon is sometimes called the Book of the Dead. The Necronomicon is a fictional artifact invented by H. P. Lovecraft. The work contains an account of the Old Ones, their history, and the means for summoning them. Who knows what other magic is locked within the the book?

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