H.P. Lovecraft is one of the enduring horror writers of all time and has had a huge impact on the world of literature and film. Considered one of the greatest writers of his generation, Lovecraft changed the way we view horror as a genre. Never afraid to take risks and experiment in his work, Lovecraft was one of the leading horror authors of his time, and his impact and legacy can still be felt today. We’re going to look a little closer at the work behind the man, and the impact it has had on popular culture.
The works of Lovecraft
Lovecraft was responsible for some of the top fictional horror works in the world of literature. He also explored important themes in his work, such as fate, forbidden knowledge, the impact of outside forces, religion, and class, among other things. He began his career penning a lot of short stories, many of which have made their way into popular culture, not to mention a whole host of poems as well. Some of his best works include The Shadow Out of Time, At the Mountain of Madness, and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. But it’s not just his direct works we get to enjoy, it’s the works he has inspired in others as well.
The term Lovecraftian horror is a name given to the horror genre popularized and thought to be created by, H.P. Lovecraft. It is horror with a twist and contains elements that go against the grain of traditional horror stories. For example, the emphasis in his stories tends to be on what is known as ‘cosmic horror.’ This is a focus on the fear of the unknown, as opposed to the shock and gore factor found in a lot of works of horror fiction at the time. Lovecraft was one of the first storytellers to popularize the idea that what you can imagine is always scarier than what you are shown. There is also an emphasis on supernatural and, sometimes, extraterrestrial horror too.
Impact and influence
There is no denying that Lovecraft has been one of the most influential writers ever. He had a profound influence on a generation of horror authors, such as Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, and Alan Moore. But, it’s not just in the world of writers that Lovecraft’s influence can be felt – he has also impacted the world of film. Though we are yet to see a complete Lovecraft adaptation for the screen, his fingerprints are all over modern horror. He directly influenced HR Giger’s iconic design for the Alien movies and inspired John Carpenter’s creation The Thing. Acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro has also cited Lovecraft as a major influence on his career.
There have been many influential writers and authors throughout history, and there’s no doubt H.P. Lovecraft is one of them. He is one of the names responsible for changing the way we perceive modern horror, and for exploring new things that scare us as people. You can probably see from the people he has influenced how inspirational Lovecraft has been in the world of storytelling.