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

HP Lovecraft wrote the majority of his stories in the 1920s, and was greatly influenced by contemporary scientific breakthroughs, as well as his aversion to sea food, and the works of Lord Dunsany.

Some of his most notable works include Call of Cthulhu, and his series of stories around Randolph Carter. He later inspired a wider mythos named after the elder being Cthulhu, which are found under .

The overarching theme of his works included the idea that human beings are insignificant in the universe (personified by various uncaring elder beings), known as 'Cosmic Horror'.