Like many artists throughout the ages, H.P Lovecraft's work was never truly appreciated until long after his death. Although it is a sad fact, it also deepens his writing's dark mystique.
He was always regarded as a strange recluse who could never scratch out a living as a writer...but now he is considered one of the most significant 20th century authors in the horror genre (if not THE most). Here are some of the most haunting quotes form Lovecraft's work that only legitimize the long-dead writer's rule as the king of horror.
"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. And the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." — Lovecraft on horror.
"Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places" — from "The Picture in the House"
"That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die." — from "The Call of Cthulhu"
"Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time." — from "The White Ship"
"Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent." — from "The White Ship"
"I have looked upon all that the universe has to hold of horror, and even the skies of spring and the flowers of summer must ever afterward be poison to me." — from "The Call Of Cthulhu"
"The other gods! The other gods! The gods of the outer hells that guard the feeble gods of earth!... Look away... Go back... Do not see! Do not see!" — from "The Other Gods"
"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn. (In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.)" — from "The Call of Cthulhu"
"As human beings, our only sensible scale of values is one based on lessening the agony of existence." — Lovecraft on life
"If we were sensible we would seek death -- the same blissful blank which we enjoyed before we existed." — Lovecraft on death.
"In short, the world abounds with simple delusions which we may call 'happiness,' if we be but able to entertain them." — Lovecraft on "happiness"
"Memories and possibilities are ever more hideous than realities." — Lovecraft on memories.
"The frontier of the unknown can never do more than scratch the surface of eternally unknowable infinity." — Lovecraft on infinity.
Not bad for a guy who, up until he was 31 years old, never published a single thing. Once he learned how to turn his social anxiety into literary monsters, there was no denying the man was a true warlock of the written word.