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H. P. Lovecraft

Howard Phillips Lovecraft is best known for his rather strange stories which often involved people meddling with the remains of ancient civilizations and awakening monsters and other Things Man Was Not Meant To Know.  He is one of the best-known of the horror writers of the early 1900's.  His stories usually were set in New England (where he grew up), and dealt with a fictional mythology of elder gods and minions known collectively as the Cthulhu Mythos.  Since Lovecraft's death, several writers have penned stories in the Cthulhu settings.  Furthermore several movies and a Role Playing Game have been set in Lovecraft's dark little world.

 

 

Check this site out for a more in-depth view of the life and works of Lovecraft,

Reader's Guide to the Cthulhu Mythos                                                                                                   

Miskatonic University, a fictional school which is the focus of several stories, held books containing the forbidden lore of the Cthulhu Mythos, volumes which could tear away sanity by simply reading the pages.  Check out three websites for Miskatonic University miskatonic.net, .miskatonic-university.org and another one.  The last one includes a fine listing of books in the library.

Oh, and there's more: Miskatonic University campus at Sunnydale.  And an MU site that looks like it's for LARP, but has names, pictures and so forth that could be of use.

Miskatonic University Press
Arkham House:  Publishes horror tales.
A most intriguing virtual tour of the Miskatonic Mansion.
The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society

A Color Out of Space, A Shadow Out of Time: H.P. Lovecraft & His Works By J. Edward Tremlett

Yog-Sothoth.com: a fan site for Call of Cthulhu.
Project NEMESIS: More fan-driven Mythos goodness.
Cthulhu Lives! is a website for a LARP.

Various Cthulhu links from Cthulhu.org.

Another page with Cthulhu Mythos resources.DEAD LINK

Tales of Terror: Story seeds for CoC and similar games.
A writeup of the Voynich Manuscript, with many links.

A Chick tract, Cthulhu-style. DEAD LINK, Thanks to Chick.  No sense of humor.

Mythos Tomes: Articles about things pertaining to the Necronomicon and the Mythos.
Manly Wade Wellman: Though sometimes compared to Lovecraft, this less well-known writer set his distinctive supernatural stories primarily in the Appalachians.
Eldritch Dark: the sanctum of Clark Ashton Smith.
Pow-Wows, or a Long-Lost Friend  by John George Hoffman.  Written in the 1820s, Folk magic, Christian theology and a touch of shamanistic belief.
Innsmouth Free Press: Articles and fiction inspired by Lovecraft, as well as other horror-related stuff.
Investigators have more than their share of corpses to contend with.  Here is a page on autopsies and signs of death From Monstrous.com.