Who Was H.P. Lovecraft?

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, the man who inspired Tales from Lovecraft Middle School, was an author of weird tales and scary stories who lived from 1890 to 1937. The heroes in Lovecraft’s stories are usually normal, everyday people who stumble upon terrifying, forbidden, supernatural things: a professor who unlocks an ancient secret, a doctor who makes a frightening new discovery, an artist whose paintings are inspired by real-life monsters. Lovecraft is also famous for writing a series of interconnected stories about otherworldly creatures who try to take over the earth. One of his most memorable creations was Cthulhu, a huge, octopus-headed dragon. Among Lovecraft’s most famous stories are “The Call of Cthulhu,” “At the Mountains of Madness,” “The Dunwich Horror,” and “The Shadow over Innsmouth.”

Many of Lovecraft’s best-known tales take place in small-town New England, a setting known among fans as “Lovecraft Country.” Lovecraft encouraged other writers to use the settings and characters from his stories in their own, creating a shared world for horror fans to explore. While largely unknown during his lifetime, Lovecraft inspired generations of authors who came after him. Many of the world’s most popular writers of fantastic fiction for kids and adults, including Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and R.L. Stine, have been influenced by H.P. Lovecraft.