Will there ever be a darker cult author than HP Lovecraft? The favorite sci-fi horror writer is profiled by Weird Things:
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You probably know that H.P. Lovecraft was not known for his health, wealth, progressive views, or success in life. In fact, anything positive that happened to the man took place long after he’d been buried in obscurity. Today we know him as the creator of the sci-fi horror genre, a classic inspiration for ancient alien theories as we know them today, and yes, a virulent racist who had immense distaste for anyone who was not a white, male, wealthy Protestant with English roots, and drew on it to create alien monsters who ignored his protagonists at best, or would pray on them with a bizarre indifference. Society’s views have evolved since his lack of a heyday, and a lot of his creations found new lives in an entirely new genre.