31 Days of Halloween: Day 10 “Pre-Lovecraft”

hp_lovecraft~post by Joe T.

H.P. Lovecraft, in his seminal essay on horror fiction, Supernatural Horror In Literature, devoted space to many of his favorite contemporary or near-contemporary writers. These writers, perhaps due to their now association with Mr. Lovecraft, remain in print to this day. Here is a small sampling of some of the authors represented in the essay, ones whom, from the appearance of blasphemous books to hidden races just outside of our ken, have had a more direct influence on the writings of Lovecraft himself.

order hereAncient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories by Algernon Blackwood

Blackwood was a master of atmosphere, and his supernatural stories turn on the awesome power of the natural world and its vast, unknowable mysteries. H.P. Lovecraft was extremely influenced by Blackwood and many of Lovecraft’s short stories are extrapolations of things that Blackwood set-up himself. This particular collection includes his two most famous…

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