H. P. Lovecraft
American poet and author of macabre short novels, who was virtually unknown most of his career. Lovecraft's posthumous fame, particularly in America and France, rests on his 'Cthulhu Mythos' stories, referring to a "race who, in practicing black magic, lost their foothold and were expelled, yet live on outside ever ready to take possession of this earth again." H.P. Lovecraft has become a cult figure in the genre of horror stories; he is considered a true successor of Edgar Allan Poe. Lovecraft's imaginary town in his tales, Arkham, was based on his home town of Providence.
Books:Tales, February 2005
The Best of H. P. Lovecraft, May 1987