The 85th anniversary issue of Weird Tales features our big list of “The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years.” We’re breaking it down online, too: one honoree per day, in no particular order, for 85 days!
When Weird Tales was founded in 1923, its mission in great part was to discover and publish “the next Edgar Allan Poe.” And so it was done. From hoary arctic wastes to the inbred backwoods of New England, from tenebrous ocean depths to the forbidden realms beyond sleep, the imagination of HOWARD PHILLIPS LOVECRAFT (1890-1937) staggers the mind. His fiction repeatedly shattered the illusion that humankind sits at the center of the cosmos, and he influenced generations of storytellers and fans alike with his dreams and visions. Yet even with ancient terrors waiting to “press hideously upon our globe,” his characters paused to give milk to a lonely cat. One of the three American horror authors (Poe, Lovecraft, King) to have a truly profound impact upon popular culture, this solitary man would be astonished at his renown today.