Welcome to Micro Bookends 1.44. This week we pay homage to one of the most influential writers in the horror genre, H.P. Lovecraft.
Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born on this day in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He had a troubled childhood; his father was committed to a mental institution when Lovecraft was just three years old and remained there until his death five years later. After his father’s death, he lived with his mother and extended family of two aunts and grandfather. His grandfather in particular encouraged his interest in reading by providing him with books and telling him his own tales of gothic horror. He also had trouble with classmates in school and was often kept at home by his overbearing mother. By the time he reached high school he was better able to connect with his peers and form friendships, but preferred a ‘nightbird’ lifestyle, rarely leaving the house before nightfall.
In 1916 Lovecraft’s first published story, The Alchemist, appeared in United Amateur. His first commercially published work came six years later when he was thirty-one. It was also around this time that he started to build a huge network of correspondents. It is estimated that he sent nearly 100,000 letters during his lifetime. Many aspiring writers later paid tribute to the coaching and encouragement they received by mail. Lovecraft was virtually unknown during his life and his work was published exclusively in pulp magazines such as Weird Tales. Stephen King, who acknowledges Lovecraft as being responsible for his own fascination with horror, has described him as “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.”
Join me in a celebration of all things Lovecraftian with this week’s photo prompt:
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with LOVE and ending with CRAFT and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘Who is the author?’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.
Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!
Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation, including hyphens and apostrophes, is allowed) will be eligible to win.