Happy Birthday, Howard Phillips Lovecraft!

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Today marks Lovecraft’s 117th birthday! So who exactly is this guy? Well, he’s the writer of “The Call of Cthulhu,” as well as the “Cthulhu Mythos” — books that inspired our 2005 release, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth.

With a knack for doing pretty creepy stuff, Lovecraft has been considered an inspiration in the horror genre across comics, books, films, and videogames. According to Wikipedia, the concept of the now infamous Arkham Asylum (of Batman fame) originally came from Lovecraft’s ideas. The king of modern-age horror stories, Stephen King, cites Lovecraft as a major influence to his writings. On the GameCube, Nintendo fans might recall that the cult-hit, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, has his influence written all over it (with a good chunk of the game taking place in his hometown of Providence, RI).

Even Oblivion takes a page from Lovecraft’s work. The “Shadow Over Hackdirt” side quest in the game serves as an homage to his short story “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.”

If you have a chance, you should read up on the guy…some pretty fascinating stuff. If you like what you see, feel free to check out our game too.

Reader Comments

  1. This man will invariably be my favorite horror writer, and possibly even writer in general. Not because his stories generate fear, but because they’re all lined with Lovecraft’s interesting philosophies behind them. Though, in side note, I found it was funny he was racist. I know that racism was high at that time, but it was surprising to me, for some reason or another.

    R.I.P. in your cosmic abyss, Lovecraft! :D

  2. Happy belated birthday HPL!

    A memorable experience in Shivering Isles was in Fellmore (I think), where a farmer shared with me the fear of the plants they harvest.

    Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area might catch me at the HPL film festival. A rip-roarin’ good time for any Lovecraft fan!