Born in 1890 in Providence (Rhode Island), Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American writer of weird and horror fiction, who is known for his creation of what became the Cthulhu Mythos. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Lovecraft spent most of his life in New England. He was born into affluence, but his family's wealth dissipated soon after the death of his grandfather.

At around 5 years old, Lovecraft started having nightmares (in which he saw "Night-gaunts") that would inform his later writing .
Lovecraft's earliest known literary works began at age seven with poems restyling the Odyssey and other mythological stories.
At 5 years old, being told Santa Claus did not exist, he replied by asking why "God is not equally a myth." 

At the age of eight, he took a keen interest in the sciences, particularly astronomy and chemistry. He also examined the anatomy books available to him in the family library, learning the specifics of human reproduction that had yet to be explained to him, and found that it "virtually killed my interest in the subject." 
He enjoyed high school, becoming close with a small circle of friends and performed well academically, excelling in particular at chemistry and physics. 

Around 1904, Lovecraft produced the first of the types of fiction he would later be known for, namely "The Beast in the Cave" and "The Alchemist". 
In 1916, he began writing and publishing more fiction including "The Tomb" and "Dagon".
In 1920 Lovecraft began publishing the earliest stories that fit into the Cthulhu Mythos with the poem "Nyarlathotep" and the short story "The Crawling Chaos". 
In 1921 came "The Nameless City", the first story that falls definitively within the Cthulhu Mythos. In it is found one of Lovecraft's most enduring bits of writing, a couplet recited by his creation Abdul Alhazred "That is not dead which can eternal lie; And with strange aeons even death may die." 

In 1924 he married Sonia Greene that he met at a journalist convention.
In 1925 he wrote "The Horror at Red Hook" then "He" and "The Call of Cthulhu".
Back in Providence in 1926, Lovecraft lived in a spacious brown Victorian wooden house where he wrote many short stories, as well as his longest works of fiction : "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath", "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" and "At the Mountains of Madness"

He frequently revised work for other authors and did a large amount of ghostwriting with some renowned client someone called Harry Houdini who was and still is the greatest magician of any time.
Lovecraft's main influences were Edgar Poe and Lord Dunsany.

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