H.P. Lovecraft Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (1943) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Poetical Works of Jonathan E. Hoag (1923) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shadow Over Innsmouth and Other Stories of Horror (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shunned House (1938) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Outsider and Others (1939) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beyond the Wall of Sleep (1943) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marginalia (1944) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Weird Shadow Over Innsmouth and Other Stories of the Supernatural (1944) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best Supernatural Stories of H.P. Lovecraft (1945) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dunwich Horror and Other Weird Tales (1945) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lurker at the Threshold (1945) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lurking Fear and Other Stories (1947) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Something About Cats and Other Pieces (1949) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales of Horror (1950) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Survivor and Others (1957) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dreams and Fancies (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Colour Out of Space (1963) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dagon and Other Macabre Tales (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shadow Out of Time and Other Tales of Horror (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Doom That Came to Sarnath (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Watchers Out of Time (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dreams of Terror and Death (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crawling Chaos and Others (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Road to Madness (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales of H.P. Lovecraft (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ancient Track: The Complete Poetical Works of H.P. Lovecraft (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tales of Inspector Legrasse (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Necronomicon: The Best Weird Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Thoughts and Pictures (1932) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Supernatural Horror in Literature (1927) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lovecraft at Last: The Master of Horror in His Own Words (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected Letters I, 1911-1924 (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected Letters II, 1925-1929 (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected Letters III, 1929-1931 (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected Letters IV, 1932-1934 (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected Letters V, 1934-1937 (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Uncollected Letters (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Clark Ashton Smith: Letters to H.P. Lovecraft (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Letters to Henry Kuttner (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lord of a Visible World: An Autobiography in Letters (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Letters to Alfred Galpin (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mysteries of Time and Spirit: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and Donald Wandrei (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collected Essays of H.P. Lovecraft: Literary Criticism (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collected Essays of H.P. Lovecraft: Amateur Journalism (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collected Essays of H.P. Lovecraft: Science (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collected Essays of H.P. Lovecraft: Travel (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Letters to Rheinhart Kleiner (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Letters from New York (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collected Essays of H.P. Lovecraft: Philosophy, Autobiography and Miscellany (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Essential Solitude: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and August Derleth, Volume 1 (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Essential Solitude: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and August Derleth, Volume 2 (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Means to Freedom: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Letters to James F. Morton (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, more commonly known as H.P. Lovecraft, was one of the most influential horror authors. Unfortunately he was rather unknown during his life and only became famous after his death.

H.P. was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA and spent most of his life there. He had to see his father being locked up in a mental institution when he was only three years of age. His mother raised him together with his grandfather and two aunts, who all lived together in the family home. He started writing horror stories with eight. His grandfather, who loved storytelling, was an inspiring influence early on and encouraging him to read.

As he suffered from anxiety and didn’t get along with his classmates, his mother decided to keep him at home most of the time. Very early in this life he began suffering from night terrors. He believed that he was being assaulted by “night gaunts”, one of the races he later used in his work.

After his grandfather’s death in 1904 the family had to move into a smaller house, mismanagement having led them into a poor financial situation. Shortly before his high school graduation he suffered a nervous breakdown and never managed to get his diploma. He wanted to become a astronomer but had difficulties with higher math, which was required for it.

Lovecraft lived isolated for many years after having left school. Focusing on writing poetry and not interested in employment or social contacts. This only changed in 1913 after writing a letter to a pulp magazine complaining about the love stories, which he thought were boring and dull. This led to a debate in the letters column of the magazine, which didn’t go unnoticed. The president of the United Amateur Press, who had seen it, asked H.P. to join them.

In 1919 his mother was placed in the same mental hospital her husband had died in. She had been suffering from depression and hysteria for a long time. She stayed in close contact with her son until she died in 1921, due to complications during her gall bladder surgery.

Not long after her death he met Sonia Greene and the two became very close. Despite his aunt’s disapproval they married in 1924 and he moved into her apartment in New York. There he became part of a group of intellectuals, who pushed him into submitting stories to Weird Tales, where many of his “Dream Cycle” stories were published.

Unfortunately soon after their marriage, his wife lost her business and became ill. Though Howard tried to support his wife, the fact that he had no work experience was making things very hard for him. Greene moved several times and her employment forced her to constantly travel. Lovecraft stayed in New York and his wife sent him a weekly allowance. It was during that time that he started writing the outlines of “The Call of Cthulhu”.

In 1926 he moved back to Providence where he worked as a ghost writer and revised other authors’ works. One of his clients tried helping Lovecraft, introduced him to the head of a newspaper syndicate. However when the man died any plans for further project were abandoned.

When he reached the last years of his life, his inheritance, that he had been living on, was almost gone. Working for other authors and selling his own stories was never enough to provide for his life. This forced him to move in with his last aunt. At the beginning of 1937 he was diagnosed with cancer. This resulted in constant pain until he died in March that year. Lovecraft wrote in his diary about his illness close to the moment he died.

Most of his fiction was published by Arkham House, that was originally created to publish the work of H.P Lovecraft. It has since then also published other authors. Currently there are three books available that are collections of his work published by Penguin. “The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories”, “The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories” and “The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories”.

“The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories” is based on the short story “The Call of Cthulhu” but contains 17 more stories written by Lovecraft. Many of the stories in this volume are interrelated and sometimes references to each other. This is because they all play in the same fictional world Lovecraft has created. The Necronomicon is referenced in many of these stories. It is a grimoire bound in leather with metal claps, filled with magic spells. In this fictional universe the central figure is Cthulhu, one of the “Great Old Ones”, powerful and ancient creatures. These beings once ruled Earth, but are in a deathlike sleep now. They are worshiped by various cults who work towards their return.

In the “Call of Cthulhu” Francis Wayland Thurston tells the reader about notes that were left behind by his granduncle, who had died unexpected. In these notes the professor talks about Cthulhu and the discovery of a statuette, that got the attention of the American Archaeological Society in Missouri. It was made of an unidentifiable green black stone, that had been captured in a raid on a voodoo meeting. An Inspector Legrasse was asking the Society for help in identifying it. During a search for women and children that had disappeared, the police arrested 47 people that had been involved in killing the missing people. As it turned out these people were worshipers of the Great Old Ones, who were waiting for the great priest Cthulhu to rise again. This cult would be ready for his call so they could liberate him. One of the prisoners identified the statue as the “Great Cthulhu”.

This story together with the “Shadows Over Innsmouth” are considered masterpieces of Lovecraft.

“The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories” is the third book in the Lovecraft paperback collection and was released in 2004. This collection includes some of the more fantasy style stories. The Nameless City, perhaps the best known short story of this book, was inspired by a dream. This city is located somewhere in the Arabian Peninsula. At first look it is abandoned but hieroglyphs found tell a story of beings living in the city. They are, however, not humans but are described as a mix of lizard, seal and crocodile. This story is also the first time Abdul Alhazred, the mad Arab, is mentioned.

H.P. Lovecraft has been a influence on a great many things. Other authors have been using the Lovecraft Universe. But he also inspired things Batman and Southpark. He is an inspiration in music as well as games. The “Old gods” in the MMORPG World of Warcraft are influenced by his work. There even is a cult that believes Lovecraft’s tales to be true and wait for the Great Old Ones to rise again.

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