Howard Phillips Lovecraft
(August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. Among his most celebrated tales are “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Shadow Out of Time” and “At the Mountains of Madness.” Never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor, Lovecraft saw commercial success increasingly elude him, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself.