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Titan of terror: the dark imagination of H.P. Lovecraft - Silvia Moreno-García

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Arcane books of forbidden lore, disturbing secrets in the family bloodline, and terrors so unspeakable the very thought of them might drive you mad. These have become standard elements in modern horror stories. But they were largely popularized by a single author: H.P. Lovecraft, whose name has become synonymous with the terror he inspired. Silvia Moreno-García dissects the “Lovecraftian” legacy.

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  • Educator Silvia Moreno-García
  • Director Hernando Bahamon
  • Narrator Christina Greer
  • Art Director Rocket House
  • Animator Jorge Jaramillo
  • Compositor Jorge Jaramillo
  • Sound Designer Manuel Borda
  • Composer Manuel Borda
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Fact-checker Joseph Isaac
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Most of H.P.Lovecraft’s short stories are available online and Brown University, which houses all of Lovecraft’s papers, has scanned a great deal of his voluminous correspondence along with some of his original manuscripts.

The most noted biography on Lovecraft is I Am Providence by S.T. Joshi.

The Lovecraftian Science blog looks at the scientific elements in Lovecraft’s stories, from astronomy to biology.

There are many essays about Lovecraft’s work and its place in literature like this one, this one, and this one.

Check out the educator’s own thesis, titled “Magna Mater : women and eugenic thought in the work of H.P. Lovecraft,” available here.

Bobby Derie, author of the scholarly Sex and the Cthulhu Mythos, also maintains a blog examining Lovecraftian stories with a focus on the themes of sex, gender and race.

The Lovecraft Re-read is a sprawling series of posts by two modern Lovecraft Mythos writers who discuss a wide variety of stories inspired by Lovecraft’s fiction.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Silvia Moreno-García
  • Director Hernando Bahamon
  • Narrator Christina Greer
  • Art Director Rocket House
  • Animator Jorge Jaramillo
  • Compositor Jorge Jaramillo
  • Sound Designer Manuel Borda
  • Composer Manuel Borda
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Fact-checker Joseph Isaac
  • See more