Weird Stories: 5 Fiction Writing Tips from H. P. Lovecraft

kmom14:

I am sharing this cool article from a blog I follow, “The Year of Halloween” which shares 5 Fiction writing tips from horror master (although not valued as such in his own lifetime and died in poverty at at the 46) who inspired many of the modern horror writers of today

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Howard Phillips Lovecraft surrounded by creatures of the Cthulhu mythos he invented, created by Dominique Signoret, 2010

The late 19th and early 20th century was an intriguing and dynamic time for horror fiction. In the wake of the Romantic period, new vistas had been opened in dark fiction with topics touching on ghosts, paranormal science, and the occult, blossoming into a subgenre known as “Weird Fiction” by the end of the 1800’s.  Weird fiction emphasized tales of the macabre and supernatural, often with a science fiction edge, creepy stories that readers already piqued by Mary Shelley and Edgar Allen Poe devoured, leading to the proliferation of speculative fiction magazines such as Weird Tales in the early 20th century.

The term weird fiction was popularized by perhaps one of the best known writers of the genre, H. P. Lovecraft, crafter of the Cthulu mythos. In his 1937 essay Notes on Writing Weird Fiction, Lovecraft explains his prediliction for “weird” stories, a genre he felt required not just the presence of simple sheeted spectres…

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