It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Lovecraft. If you are too, here’s a few reads you might also enjoy. H.P. Lovecraft was both a pioneer of dark/weird fiction and one of my favorite authors. As I make my way through his corpus of works, I’ve found a few other intriguing reads along the way:
1. The Eldritch Dark
Clark Ashton Smith was a contemporary and correspondent of Lovecraft who wrote similarly weird and dark fiction. I discovered Smith after watching a horror movie segment based off of one of his short stories (“The Mother of Toads” in the film Theatre Bizarre). The Eldritch Dark is a site that houses tons of info about Smith’s work and has his poetry and short fiction available to read. Check out Smith’s work if you’re looking for more fiction in the same vein as Lovecraft.
2. The Secret History of the Necronomicon by Arkay Tilghman
If you’re familiar with Lovecraft’s work, you’ve probably heard of The Necronomicon, a legendary dark tome. Lovecraft wrote a short piece on the fictional history of the Necronomicon. A variety of facsimiles of this book have been created over the years. If you want to learn more about this book, check out The Secret History of the Necronomicon. Arkay Tilghman’s book provides fascinating background research on what may have inspired Lovecraft to create this fictional grimoire. The Secret History of the Necronomicon is available on Amazon.
3. Whom the Gods Would Destroy by Brian Hodge
Damien is an astronomy student with an unusual background. One of his first memories is of his mother engaging in strange, ritual-like behavior. Now an adult and estranged from the rest of his family, Damien maintains a heavy interest in the cosmos and what might exist in the unknown reaches of space. When his older brother unexpectedly shows up, Damien finds that he may be unable to leave his past behind, no matter how horrific it may be. Whom the Gods Would Destroy is an excellent short read, available on Amazon for Kindle.
What other works would you recommend to a fan of Lovecraft or dark/weird fiction?