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By S. T. Joshi

H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) is often considered as the prime writer of supernatural fiction within the twentieth century. he's special between writers in having an incredible well known following in addition to a substantial and extending educational attractiveness as a author of substance and importance. This encyclopedia is an exhaustive consultant to many elements of Lovecraft's existence and paintings, codifying the designated examine on Lovecraft performed through many students over the last 3 many years. It comprises thousands of alphabetically prepared entries on Lovecraft and provides large bibliographical information.The quantity attracts upon infrequent files, together with hundreds of thousands of unpublished letters, in offering plot synopses of Lovecraft's significant works, descriptions of characters in his stories, tablet biographies of his significant colleagues and family, and entries on little identified positive factors in his tales, equivalent to his imaginary booklet of occult lore, the Necronomicon. the amount refers to present scholarship at the concerns in query and likewise provides the literary, topographical, and biographical resources for key parts in Lovecraft's paintings. As Lovecraft's renown keeps to ascend within the twenty first century, this encyclopedia may be necessary to an realizing of his lifestyles and writings.

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In “The Alchemist,” the last of a long line of comtes, each of whom suffers a mysterious death prior to the age of thirty-two—the age of Henri, Comte de C———, when, in the thirteenth century, he blamed Michel Mauvais, a wizard residing on his estates, for the disappearance of his son Godfrey. Later Godfrey is found alive, but in the meantime Henri has killed Michel. Michel’s son, Charles Le Sorcier, pronounces a curse that appears to affect all the Comtes de C———, including Godfrey’s son Robert and Robert’s son Louis.

The fragment appears to be an attempt to recast Fungi from Yuggoth in prose. The existing text narrates the events outlined in the first three poems of the sonnet-cycle (which indeed present a connected narrative); the fact that the text terminates at this point may suggest that HPL had no idea how to write the rest of the cycle as a coherent story. Joshi, “On The Book,’” Nyctalops 3, No. 4 (April 1983): 9–13; rpt. Crypt No. 53 (Candlemas 1988): 3–7; Michael Cisco, “The Book of ‘The Book,’” LS No.

Some have claimed that the story was influenced by Ambrose Bierce’s “Beyond the Wall” (in the revised edition of Can Such Things Be? [1909]). HPL had first read Bierce in 1919, but there is no similarity between the two stories except in their titles, as Bierce’s tale is a conventional ghost story that bears no resemblance to HPL’s. There may be an influence from Jack London’s Before Adam (1906), although there is no evidence that HPL read it. The novel is an account of hereditary memory, in which a man from the modern age has dreams of the life of his remote ancestor in primitive times.

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