(August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937)
Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an American fan and pro who spent most of his life in Providence, RI where he wrote weird fiction. He was one of the most influential writers in the sf and fantasy genre. Beginning with his first published story in 1919, he wrote what he called "cosmic horror', the idea that the universe is essentially unknowable and inimical to humans. Most of his stories fit into the Cthulhu Mythos. Arkham House was founded to bring his works back into print.
While HPL's reputation now rests on his professional work, he was equally influential as a fan, maintaining a huge correspondence as well as publishing in fanzines. He was active in Amateur Journalism, and helped to bring the APA into fandom. He was a member of the Science Fiction Advancement Association, and NAPA. The World Fantasy Award trophy is a statuette which looks like the Easter Islanders doing a statue of Lovecraft.
Fanzines and books devoted to Lovecraft:
- Crypt of Cthulhu
- H. P. Lovecraft, a Portrait
- The New H.P. Lovecraft Bibliography
- The Acolyte
- Strange Lands -- A Guide to The Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft
For more on his writing, see: http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/lovecraft_h_p