Lovecraft’s rules for “weird fiction”

These are surprisingly normal, and can apply to any genre really. Since poor H.P. was recently beat on in the New Yorker, I feel the need to give him another chance to defend himself…

H.P. Lovecraft Gives Five Tips for Writing a Horror Story, or Any Piece of “Weird Fiction”


2 thoughts on “Lovecraft’s rules for “weird fiction”

  1. I love H.P. Lovecraft. To me, his worldbuilding and imagination is on par with J.R.R. Tolkien. While the Elvish language is based on Finnish (on purpose, I think, because JRRT was a linguist), I love that Lovecraft’s Chthulan language -and all the names of elder things and other dimensions – does not sound like Earthly tongue. That’s a really hard thing to do, as a writer. H

    He also wrote beautifully and suspensefully, so I don’t know why anyone could say a bad thing about him. Blerg.

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