Howard Phillips Lovecraft
(August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American writer who achieved fame only after death for his art. He was utterly unknown and published only in pulp magazines before dying in poverty, though is now regarded as one of the most significant and influential authors of all time.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life, Lovecraft was never able to financially support himself with his meagre earnings as an author and editor.
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He saw commercial success increasingly elude him and subsisted in progressively strained circumstances in his final years until the time that he died.
In early 1937 he was diagnosed with an aggressive strain of cancer of the small intestine and suffered from brutal malnutrition as a result. He lived in constant agony until his death. In accordance with his lifelong scientific curiosity, he kept a diary of his illness until the moment of his death on March 15, 1937.
Aged only 46.
Lovecraft was listed along with his parents on the Phillips family monument but in 1977 fans erected a headstone in Swan Point Cemetery on which they inscribed his name, the dates of his birth and death, and the phrase I AM PROVIDENCE—a line from one of his personal letters.
Many Cultists annually observe the anniversaries of Lovecraft's birth and death at his gravesite, and celebrate them, too, as religious holidays.
He was a man of posthumously celebrated genius that would never know of the effect that he would one day have on the world. He died poor and unacknowledged at a young age but today his very name is synonymous with cosmic horror and brilliance in literature.
He would never know that his art would have such an impact on all facets of human culture nor that his would become a household name. He did not know that the future generations would heatedly discuss his works nor that religions would form around his work.
Perhaps there is nothing sadder than the story of the unrecognized artist who dies in poverty but, like Van Gogh before him, his story lives on…
The Cult will ensure he lives forever.