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Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction.

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"The dog gives but the cat is." What does it mean?

What does the author mean with "The dog gives but the cat is"? The part I don't understand is the cat part. It's from "Cats and Dogs" by H. P. Lovecraft. Altogether, we may see that the dog ...
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Narration: Who speaks in ''At the Mountains of Madness''?

There are several types of temporal relations between narration and story (as defined in The English and American Studies Wiki, Oldenburg): 'ulterior narration' [after the events] 'anterior narration'...
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Does the Abrahamic God exist in the Cthulhu Mythos?

In several Cthulhu Mythos stories, incantations are made that seemingly reference Hebrew terms for the Abrahamic God. For example, Per Adonai Eloim, Adonai Jehova Adonai Sabaoth... from The Case of ...
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How are old horror short stories classified?

When I was young, I had a few books with compiled horror, mystery or macabre short stories. I want to go back and read some of these short stories, and was able to find a few. I was able to find many ...
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What does sentence mean from "Literary Composition" by Lovecraft?

This is from a part in the article "Literary Composition" in which Lovecraft lists the most common mistakes beginners make when writing. The part I didn't get is in bold. Want of ...
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How reliable are the narrators in the writings of HP Lovecraft?

HP Lovecraft often tells his stories through the perspective of a narrator. How reliable can these narrators be considered, and can he be said to have used unreliable narrators as a story device?
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What can be gleaned from Lovecraft's usage of the words "obscene" and "blasphemous"?

Throughout his collective writings, the author H. P. Lovecraft makes frequent use of the words "obscene" and "blasphemous" in order to convey a sense that something is the object ...
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Do any recordings of H P Lovecraft, or descriptions of his style of speaking, exist?

The author H P Lovecraft died in March 1937. Well within the age of audio recording and popular literary journalism. Are any recordings of his voice known to exist, or are there any descriptions of ...
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Clarifying a line from “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”

I’m having a lot of trouble comprehending one particular line from The Shadow Over Innsmouth: But at last I am going to defy the ban on speech about this thing. Results, I am certain, are so thorough ...
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Where exactly did Colin Wilson describe Lovecraft as one of the pioneers of the "assault on rationality"?

The Wikipedia article about H. P. Lovecraft contains a section on the critical reception of Lovecraft's work that contains the following unsourced statement: In 1962 Colin Wilson, in his survey of ...
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Meaning of wordplay on 'which' and 'witch' in Matt Ruff's Lovecraft Country

I'm reading Matt Ruff's horror novel Lovecraft Country (2016). The second chapter, entitled "Dreams of the Which House", is a story about a haunted house. I found the title plays on Lovecraft's ...
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What does "laconic atmosphere" mean here?

It's from "The Case for Classicism" by Lovecraft. The first thing one remarks on reading his frigid “Engineering English” is its laconic atmosphere of aloofness from vivid feeling and from love of ...
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Was Lovecraft influenced by Poe's "The Black Cat"?

While researching a question about Lovecraft, I was reading the article Stephen A. Black, "Literary Biography and Psychological Criticism: In the Matter of H. P. Lovecraft", Canadian Review of ...
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Is there a canonical order to HP Lovecraft's work?

I've been a big fan of Lovecraft's works of literature and used them as inspiration for a lot of my own writing, but I've been unable to find a proper consensus on how his stories all fit together or ...
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How to interpret "body that leaned stiffly" in H. P. Lovecraft's "Azathoth"?

I've just finished reading Lovecraft's fragment "Azathoth" (in Italian translation) and I am astonished by the beauty of the story. Nevertheless I am a little bit confused about the end of it. In my ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence from "Polaris" by Lovecraft?

Below is a sentence from Lovecraft's "Polaris": I said to myself, "This is no dream, for by what means can I prove the greater reality of that other life in the house of stone and brick south of ...
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What kind of "portable telephone" does H. P. Lovecraft write about in his letter to August Derleth?

The letter is called "Letter to August Derleth". He describes a frightful dream he had to Derleth. In this dream, he and his friend Loveman go to a old cemetery to investigate a sepulchre and Loveman ...
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What qualifies something as "Lovecraftian"?

I often hear the term "Lovecraftian" used in reference to describe certain elements of horror literature or film. I do understand this to be a reference to H.P. Lovecraft and his style of horror, but ...
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Why, in "Dagon" by Lovecraft does the narrator say that the readers will "never fully realize"?

The beginning of the Lovecraft story "Dagon" goes like this: I am writing this under an appreciable mental strain, since by tonight I shall be no more. Penniless, and at the end of my supply of the ...
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How do I get started with the Cthulhu mythos?

Having encountered a number of references to Cthulhu in various places over the years, I would like to explore the various works based in the Cthulhu mythos. Out of curiosity, I had read The Call of ...