Lovecraftian n.

a devotee or follower of H.P. Lovecraft

SF Criticism

  • 1944 W. Poster Nightmare in Cthulu in N.Y. Times (Book Review section) 19/2

    For zealous Lovecraftians there are a few choice tidbits—a short autobiography, his commonplace book, and his ‘History and Chronology of the Necronomicon’.

  • 1945 M. H. Onderdonk Lord of R’lyeh in Fantasy Commentator (vol. I, no. 6) Spring 110 page image Matthew H. Onderdonk bibliography

    Some of the most popular stories….have not been specifically referred to merely because it is felt that confirmed Lovecraftians, if they feel that the ideas and opinions herein expressed may provide a slight trace of a new and fresh viewpoint, may like the intellectual entertainment of re-analyzing some of these tales for themselves.

  • 1968 Inquisitions in Startling Mystery Stories Winter 113/2 page image

    For the avid Lovecraftian, this collects various writings purportedly from or about his dread Necronomicon….The compleat Lovecraftian obviously must have it on his shelves.

  • 1975 W. Conover Letter in Fantastic Oct. 122/2 page image Willis Conover

    It will be news to many readers who never heard of Selected Letters or Arhkam House, who number far more than the present relatively tight circle of Lovecraftians.

  • 1977 R. Lupoff Lupoff’s Book Week in Algol Spring 53/1 page image Richard A. Lupoff

    ‘The Feaster from Afar’ by Joseph Payne Brennan (an old-time horror-story writer and Lovecraftian) also gets a fair amount of Lovecraft’s New England rural feeling.

  • 1985 S. D. Briggs Letter in Twilight Zone Magazine Dec. 16/2 page image

    Being a faithful Lovecraftian and avid role-playing games, I was very excited to see Gahan Wilson’s ‘I Hear You Callin, Cthulhu’ (August ’85).

  • 1990 D. Schweitzer Critical Theories in Aboriginal Science Fiction Mar.–Apr. 29/3 page image Darrell Schweitzer

    Burleson has started a considerable controversy by writing long-winded ‘deconstructions’ of Lovecraftian verse, sometimes several thousand words of murky amphigory about a single, short poem. Response from fellow Lovecraftians has been decidedly underwelming [sic].

  • 2005 J. Hoberman The Fear in Village Voice 18–24 May 41/1

    Lovecraft’s immersion in invented scholarship, if not his sense of place, proved irresistible to the younger writers who formed his cult, and he encouraged them to elaborate the Cthulhu mythology. Lovecraftians now include all manner of professional occultists, heavy-metal bands, and devotees of role-playing games.

  • 2018 M. Dirda This is Getting Weird in Washington Post 14 Aug. (electronic ed.)

    Since much of Joshi’s adult life revolves around his friendships with fellow Lovecraftians, ‘What Is Anything?’ parenthetically illuminates some of the secret history behind the rise of Lovecraft during the past half century.

Research requirements

antedating 1944

Research History
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1993 cite from Darrell Schweitzer in Quantum.
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1981 cite from Darrell Schweitzer in SF Review.

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