I was first exposed to H.P. Lovecraft at the tender age of nine or ten when at summer camp listening to the scariest ghost story I had
ever heard. Though I didn't know it was Lovecraft at the time (and neither did the story teller I suspect) but I was terrified at the tale of a skin flint undertaker trapped in a crypt with his sloppy coffin carpentry and the revenge of a corpse within. Roughly
ten years later, I was reading a horror anthology when I came upon “In The Vault”, the very tale that so frightened me in my youth. From that day on, I read as much Lovecraft I could get my hands on and I've been an avid fan ever since.
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890 – 1937) was an American horror & science fiction writer and poet who is credited with the creation
of the “cosmic horror” genre in literary fiction which essentially focuses on mankind and it's insignificance in the universe. Although he is credited with this concept and advancing it in his work which, I might add, dozens of authors since have
expanded upon, he is also known for some truly disturbing horror fiction. Considering the period in which he wrote when other's were essentially still writing in the so-called Gothic horror genre which primarily dealt with ghosts, vampires and the like, he
was truly unique. Though there is nothing wrong with that kind of tale (and I still enjoy them very much to this day), Lovecraft took the craft (no pun intended) to new and frightening places that will stay with the reader more than a moaning spirit ever could.