H.P. Lovecraft, in full Howard Phillips Lovecraft (born August 20, 1890, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S. – died March 15, 1937, Providence, Rhode Island), was an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, most famous for the creation of the Cthulhu Mythos.
He wrote short stories, macabre short novels and novellas. Among his most celebrated works are The Call of Cthulhu (1928), The Shadow Out of Time (1935), The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (1943), and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (1941).
Lovecraft spent most of his life in isolation and poverty. His fame and reputation have grown steadily over the years after his death. He is now commonly considered, along with Edgar Allan Poe, to be one of the greatest and most influential horror writers.