Graphic Classics Volume 4: H. P. Lovecraft - 2nd Edition
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February 20, 2007
6.9 X 9.84 X 0.39 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author
H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was an American author of science fiction and horror stories. Born in Providence, Rhode Island to a wealthy family, he suffered the loss of his father at a young age. Raised with his mother's family, he was doted upon throughout his youth and found a paternal figure in his grandfather Whipple, who encouraged his literary interests. He began writing stories and poems inspired by the classics and by Whipple's spirited retellings of Gothic tales of terror. In 1902, he began publishing a periodical on astronomy, a source of intellectual fascination for the young Lovecraft. Over the next several years, he would suffer from a series of illnesses that made it nearly impossible to attend school. Exacerbated by the decline of his family's financial stability, this decade would prove formative to Lovecraft's worldview and writing style, both of which depict humanity as cosmologically insignificant. Supported by his mother Susie in his attempts to study organic chemistry, Lovecraft eventually devoted himself to writing poems and stories for such pulp and weird-fiction magazines as Argosy, where he gained a cult following of readers. Early stories of note include "The Alchemist" (1916), "The Tomb" (1917), and "Beyond the Wall of Sleep" (1919). "The Call of Cthulu," originally published in pulp magazine Weird Tales in 1928, is considered by many scholars and fellow writers to be his finest, most complex work of fiction. Inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, and Lord Dunsany, Lovecraft became one of the century's leading horror writers whose influence remains essential to the genre.
Rick Geary is one of the most celebrated and widely recognized artists working in comics today. He started his career at The National Lampoon where he drew for 13 years. His graphic novels include adaptations for CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED and the nine-volume series A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER for NBM Publishing. A new series A TREASURY OF 20th CENTURY MURDER began in 2008 with "The Lindbergh Child" and was followed by 2009's "The Famous Players" and 2010's "The Ax-Man of New Orleans," all of which were Junior Library Guild selections. The series has sold over 120,000 copies. He lives and works in Carrizozo, New Mexico.