Introduction to H.P Lovecraft
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents"
- H.P Lovecraft, Call of Cthulhu (1926)
For me, the writings of H.P Lovecraft represents the starting point of fiction that, with any kind of sincerity, delve into the dark recesses of the human mind. And there are few well versed in horror literature that doesn't ascribe Lovecraft with at least some significant role in shaping the vistas of what the genre is today.
The recent rise of interest in Lovecraft I would consider two-fold; 1) the passing of Lovecraft's fiction into the public domain, and 2) the peak we have no reached at which even a sub-culture in a sub-genre of books, movies and games can gather a large enough audience that any kind of commercial enterprise makes sense.
Personally, I find Lovecraft's actual prose to be a bit hamstrung by the times they were conceived in, and the long, dragging sentences make the read a bore at times. But the essence of cosmic, psychological and physiological horror that Lovecraft brought to the genre is undeniable. It's thus far the writings that has touched me the most, and I find most essential to understanding the world viewed from the balcony of the macabre.
In this part of Stockholm Ossuarium, you'll find some of, what I consider to be, the most important works of H.P Lovecraft for your reading pleasure.