Boots, on 07 January 2018 - 08:29 PM, said:
H.P. Lovecraft was known mostly for his short stories. He was also one of the primary influences of Stephen King. His fiction was published in pulp magazine in the 1920's and 1930's. His most famous writings were The Call of the Cthulhu, At the Mountains of Madness, and The Shadow Out of Time. He was unsuccessful in promoting himself, so most of his success occurred posthumously.
Many fans of modern horror are unaware of the "Golden Age" of the ghost story which was the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th. Much of this grew out of the Christmas and winter ghost stories told around the fire before radio was available. Authors like MR James, Sheridan Le Fanu, Elizabeth Gaskell, Ambrose Bierce, Wilkie Collins, etc. Many authors who are better known for other genres also wrote in this area such as Wilde, Stevenson, James, Doyle, and, of course, Dickens.
Victorian ghost stories are a very different kind of tale than modern horror - subtle and rich in intimation. I love 'em.
Edited by Finding IT, 22 January 2018 - 03:41 AM.