3 Quotes – H. P. Lovecraft



H. P. Lovecraft,
American short story writer, editor, novelist, poet
(born: Howard Phillips Lovecraft)
Pen names:  Lewis Theobald, Humphrey Littlewit, Ward Phillips, Edward Softly

August 20, 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA

March 15, 1937 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA

known for (among others):
The Call of Cthulhu, The Shadow Out of Time, At the Mountains of Madness


It is a mistake to fancy that horror is associated inextricably with darkness, silence, and solitude.
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In writing a weird story, I always try very carefully to achieve the right mood and atmosphere and place the emphasis where it belongs.
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Plots may be simple or complex, but suspense, and climactic progress from one incident to another, are essential. Every incident in a fictional work should have some bearing on the climax or denouement, and any denouement which is not the inevitable result of the preceding incidents is awkward and unliterary.


Which is your favourite quote by H. P. Lovecraft?  🙂


22 thoughts on “3 Quotes – H. P. Lovecraft

  1. I like this one, “It is a mistake to fancy that horror is associated inextricably with darkness, silence, and solitude.” I think horror and the dark is a cliche.

    • Excellent choice, Annabelle. Light is not always good, darkness is not always evil.
      Earlier photos also show this look. If he hadn’t died at the age of 46, later photos might have shown that look even more pronounced.

  2. That first one makes a good point. Horror movies seem to rely a lot on those three things, but I can see how being stalked in a crowd during daylight hours could be terrifying too. So much noise that you can’t pinpoint the danger and nobody will notice if you get taken out in the middle of rush hour. Now, I have no interest in going out today.

    • Excellent choice, Charles.
      Horror is lessened – at least a little – in broad daylight. Most scary is the horror within you. However, our minds are constantly playing tricks on us – in order to make us survivors.

      • We tend to ignore the internal horror. I think it’s easier to do since we can focus more on the outside fears. My mind definitely throws me for a loop in the dark. Works through the ears a lot.

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