Old Favorites: H.P. Lovecraft

We’re focusing on newer books, movies, and television shows for 2019, but that doesn’t mean we’re entirely ignoring old favorites! After all, what’s that saying–what’s old may just become new again (or something like that)?

Today marks the 129th anniversary of the birth of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, known to generations of readers as classic horror/weird fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft. Though he was writing in the early 20th century, Lovecraft has been a major influence on countless contemporary horror writers, including Stephen King.

Whether you’re a long-time fan of Lovecraft’s nightmarish fictional world or one of the completely uninitiated, today’s the perfect chance to revisit his work–or sample it for the first time.

Short Story Collections

Most of what we have of Lovecraft’s work in the system are collections, which makes sense because so much of his work was short story-focused. If you want to try Lovecraft–or reacquaint yourself with his work–one of the collections is the best way to do so. Some focus on themes in his work while others provide a broader introduction.


Of course, nothing says you have to read Lovecraft to enjoy his work. You could just as easily listen to one of our audiobooks instead.

Graphic Novels

Lovecraft’s strikingly original work also lends itself well to graphic novels, and we’ve got you covered in that department, too.



If you’d rather read more about the peculiar man behind the work than the work itself, then you might prefer this biography about his life.

Less Traditional Tributes

We also have some more off-beat items connected to Lovecraft.

Like a children’s movie that stars a young Lovecraft and includes references to many of his stories. Oh, and it also features the voice acting of Christopher Plummer, Mark Hamill, and Ron Perlman.


Or a murder mystery featuring a Lovecraft descendant–and the revelation that Lovecraft’s bizarre fictional world was not fictional after all. Bad news for the private investigation/former homicide detective who stumbles across this.

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Do you like weird fiction? Who’s your favorite horror writer? What’s your take on Lovecraft? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog to find more information on any of these items or to place holds.


Author: berryvillelibrary

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4 thoughts on “Old Favorites: H.P. Lovecraft”

  1. You know, I’ve heard of Lovecraft my whole life and have seen his influence on so many of the horror writers and filmmakers I love, but I have actually never read anything by him. I tried to get into “Dreams in the Witch House,” and could not. Perhaps it’s his style. But I do love the Johannes Cabal series by Jonathan L. Howard, and one in particular draws heavily on Lovecraftian symbolism and stories. It’s called Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute and it’s an excellent read. I may try and listen to some of Lovecraft’s work on Audible and see if I can get into it that way.

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    1. I think his prose can be pretty dated and hard to get through. An audiobook, especially with a good reader, might help.

      I’ve never heard of that Howard series and am intrigued! Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂


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