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How Well Do You Know H.P. Lovecraft?

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How Well Do You Know H.P. Lovecraft?

What do the initials "H.P." stand for in "H.P. Lovecraft?"

1. Hewlett Packard
2. Howard Phillips
3. Harry Potter
4. Herman Pickering

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born August 20th, 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island. He would die there in 1937... only 46 years old. In his short life, he wrote stories which would change science fiction and horror writing forever. Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King both regarded Lovecraft as a powerful influence on their own writing.

Where was Lovecraft born?

1. Boston
2. Newport
3. Hartford
4. Providence

Lovecraft was born in Providence, RI on August 20th, 1890

The bulk of Lovecraft's work, in addition to the contributions of countless contemporaries and admirers', involves a shared world of powerful, monsterous beings. What is this world most commonly called?

1. Cthulhu Mythos
2. Yig Mythos
3. Hastur Mythos
4. Wendigo Mythos

Though Lovecraft never referred to it as such, the term Cthulhu Mythos has come to represent this body of work.

Who did Lovecraft call his 'god of fiction'?

1. Algernon Blackwood
2. Edgar Allan Poe
3. Robert W. Chambers
4. Lord Dunsany

While a fan of all four authors, Lovecraft reserved a special place in his regard for fellow American author Edgar Allan Poe.

What young collaborator of Lovecraft finished some of his work after his death and is commonly recognized as the key force in keeping Lovecraft in print?

1. Clark Ashton Smith
2. Henry Kuttner
3. Algernon Blackwood
4. August Derleth

After Lovecraft's death, Derleth took some of Lovecraft's incomplete works, finished them off and published them. Derleth helped found Arkham House and played a key role in keeping Lovecraft's work in print until it was discovered by a broader audience.

What story did Lovecraft ghost write for Harry Houdini?

1. The Festival
2. The Lurking Fear
3. The Tomb
4. Imprisoned with the Pharaohs

Imprisoned with the Pharaohs" (called "Under the Pyramids" in draft form) is a short story written by American fantasy author H. P. Lovecraft in February 1924.  The narrative tells a fictionalized account in the first-person perspective of an allegedly true experience of escape artist Harry Houdini and was credited solely to Houdini until the 1939 reprint.

What fellow writer did Lovecraft 'kill' off in his 'The Haunter of the Dark'?

1. Robert E. Howard
2. Donald Wandrei
3. Robert Bloch
4. Frank Belknap Long

The thinly veiled character, Robert Blake meets his fate in The Haunter of the Dark. This was Lovecraft's literary counterpunch for Bloch's The Shambler from the Stars, in which a character hinted to be Lovecraft comes to his end. Both stories appeared in Weird Tales, Lovecraft's a year after Bloch's.

What is the name of the ship that discovers great Cthulhu in 'The Call of Cthulhu'?

1. St. Brendan
2. Alert
3. Clay
4. Isleifer II

The Alert was a heavily armored steam yacht which originated in Dunedin, New Zealand

Which was his first story according to Lovecraft?

1. Cool Air
2. The Picture in the House
3. Dagon
4. Hypnos

According to Lovecraft's own chronology, Dagon came first in 1917. He admits to writing a great deal when he was much younger, but he destroyed all this work.

There is an evil book which is mentioned in many Lovecraft stories, reputed to have been written by Abdul Al-Hazred, the Mad Arab. What is this book?

1. The Joy of Cooking
2. Unaussprechlechen Kulten
3. The Book of Eibon
4. The Necronomicon

The "Necronomicon" has appeared just about everywhere in popular culture. In Lovecraft's Mythos, one of the few English language copies of the book was translated by John Dee, the real-life spy, mathematician, and alchemist of 17th century England.   Lovecraft put the "Necronimicon" in "A History of the Necronomicon", "The Dunwich Horror", and several other stories. The rhyming couplet "That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die", which appears in "The Nameless City" and "The Call of Cthulhu", is quoted from the mythical book.

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