Happy Birthday, H.P.

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Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!

Today is, or rather would have been, the birthday of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, who was born August 20th, 1890. If you aren’t familiar with who he is, and what he did, and you like Halloween… well, what have you been doing with your life?! 😉

Lovecraft is responsible for the Cthulhu Mythos of elder god-monsters, and dozens upon dozens of short stories that should be considered required reading at Halloween. Much of what came after in the Horror genre was directly influenced by Lovecraft (and before him Edgar Allan Poe). If you’d like to learn more about Lovecraft, there is a great page on Wikipedia, as well as an extensive site at The Lovecraft Archive (including texts of his works for free).

If you’d like a little ambience (music and sound) by which to read, check out Simply Rain as well as Pumpkinland by Mark Harvey at 13thtrack.com.

If you’d like to get some free audiobook versions of Lovecraft’s work to listen to, go to booksshouldbefree.com.