News for August 2010
Guard Your Sanity 14
August 20th is the birthday of H.P. Lovecraft, master horror writer
Arkham Nights | Published 20 August 2010

I have dwelt ever in realms apart from the visible world; spending my youth and adolescence in ancient and little-known books, and in roaming the fields and groves of the region near my ancestral home. [...] Close by my home there lies a singular wooded hollow, in whose twilight deeps I spent most of my time; reading, thinking, and dreaming. Down its moss-covered slopes my first steps of infancy were taken, and around its grotesquely gnarled oak trees my first fancies of boyhood were woven.
      - H.P. Lovecraft, "The Tomb"

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, master of cosmic horror, was born 120 years ago today. One of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century, H.P. Lovecraft skillfully crafted gripping stories of protagonists who struggled against supernatural enemies and risked their very sanity in the process.

From Lovecraft’s fertile mind came the beloved Cthulhu Mythos, the rich thematic basis for FFG’s popular games Arkham Horror and Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game. We at Fantasy Flight Games are happy to acknowledge the birthday of this literary pioneer, a man whose work indirectly contributed so much to hobby gaming.

We encourage you to enjoy your favorite Cthulhu-themed game and celebrate August 20th in style! And if you live in the Roseville, Minnesota area, stop by the Fantasy Flight Games Event Center and play Arkham Horror or Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game with fellow Lovecraft enthusiasts. Finally, don't forget to reserve your space for Arkham Nights, three days of terror coming this October! However you choose to celebrate, guard your sanity well and keep an open mind. As Lovecraft himself wrote, “Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal....”

The Fantasy Flight Games Event Center is a spacious gaming facility offering a variety of exciting hobby gaming events in one comfortable and welcoming location. Located at 1975 Oakcrest Avenue in Roseville, MN, the Fantasy Flight Games Event Center is open for gaming six days a week.

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Published: 8/23/2010 4:25:42 PM

 Thank you Howard Phillips Lovecraft!

I honor thy birth and work. Maybe such a life

as yours was neccessary for you to create these literary concepts

that resonate so strongly with us.


CHAD, we got your point.

Now get lost.

Published: 8/23/2010 5:55:47 AM

happy birthay and may the great nyrlatottep watch on you

you are a writter god and no matter what you do in your life. and the other that think it was matter of fact, ..., go see chtullu in rylei

Published: 8/22/2010 1:12:25 AM

@ C.H.A.D.

If I may I would remark that he amended his ways toward the end of his life after travelling a little and meeting different cultures. Like so many others he was afraid of the unknown.

He was a great man and did not deserve to live and die in this way, neither didi his friend Robert Howard (Conan for example). His works are still living today and enchanting/horrifying tens of thousands of readers, players or movie goers. His litterary skills were incredible and the way he could describe a town, a house are quite unsurpassed! This is a matter of taste of course ;) . The horror, suspens people feel reading his Mythos stories is still vibrant and even more than ever!


Published: 8/21/2010 3:03:18 PM


I still fail to see the point you are trying to make other than he was human.

Or did he pee in your cornflakes and you simply felt that you had to point out his flaws?

Actually, the only point you seem to have made is that you are [i]that guy[/i] to use your own words. Thanks for your insightful contribution.

Published: 8/21/2010 9:28:34 AM


He was a racist way beyond the norms of his time.  I encourage you to go back through his stories and see how he describes people not of Anglo-Saxon descent.


People should be remembered for all that they are.  We can celebrate his contribution to society, but it is an injustice to not recognize the man himself.

Also, I call his work derivative because he took major themes directly from Machen and was a far inferior writer.  

Published: 8/21/2010 6:24:16 AM

@ C.H.A.D

Different Era, different times, people will look back on us in 100 years time and most likely be appalled about many things we deem the norm now. But I bet they are still reading Lovcraft and / or playing a game based in his world.

Happy Bday HPL!

Published: 8/21/2010 1:49:04 AM

@ C.H.A.D.

Who cares? Lots of people have done contemptible things. No one is above judgement in that regard. People are remembered for the things they have accomplished (unless of course those contemptible things also happen to be what they accomplished). Charles Williams (one of Tolkien's friends) once wrote "No mind was so good that it did not need another mind to counter it and equal it and to save it from conceit and bigotry and folly."

Machen, Dunsany, Poe. Lots of people have influenced his writings though perhaps I think he would agree that his writing was no where as cogent as that of those who inspired him. Regardless, he is massively influential to fiction in a positive way and more people cite him as their inspiration than people such as Dunsany.

Calling Lovecraft 'derivitive' is akin to calling Tolkien a plagiarist of Wagner.


Happy Birthday 'Grandpa'. Its a shame that you never knew how much you have influenced fiction.

Published: 8/21/2010 12:16:52 AM


Published: 8/20/2010 7:32:26 PM

I'm going to be that guy and mention just what a contemptible person Lovecraft was.  He was a racist well beyond the norms of his time and it shows repeatedly in his work.

However, Arkham Horror is my favorite game so I suppose I can give him credit for making that game's existence possible despite being such a terrible writer.  People should read Arthur Machen whose work Lovecraft's writings are mere derivatives of...  :) 

Published: 8/20/2010 4:48:28 PM

Iä Iä All Hail Ech Pi El!!!


Xtulu Ftgn!

Published: 8/20/2010 4:24:37 PM

 Hail to a great man and to all that he has inspired. 

Published: 8/20/2010 1:35:45 PM

That is not dead which can eternal lie. And with strange aeons even death may die.

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