by George Naughton
H.P. Lovecraft and New England Folklore
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890 – 1937) is widely known and admired as an author of supernatural fiction. But he was also an avid scholar and antiquarian, and his detailed, highly descriptive stories of New England in the 1920’s and 30’s contain many references to local history and folklore. This lecture by a long-time Lovecraft fan gives an overview of his life, work, and influence.