Howard Phillips Lovecraft (US: ; August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American writer who achieved posthumous fame for his works of weird fiction. Although he was largely ignored by critics during his lifetime and published mainly in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, Lovecraft is now regarded as an important early 20th-century American writer.
Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. His fiction writings are often set in fictionalized New England. His writings include "The Rats in the Walls", "The Call of Cthulhu", At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow over Innsmouth, and The Shadow Out of Time. They are also canonical to the Cthulhu Mythos, which has inspired pastiches drawing on Lovecraft's themes and settings. This body of writing has in turn spurred games, music, and other media.