Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Except for his personal correspondence, H. P. Lovecraft’s total output was quite modest, even considering his relatively short life. Like that of his illustrious predecessor, Edgar Allan Poe, almost all of Lovecraft’s narratives are in the shorter forms, with at most three works qualifying as novelettes. Other than fiction, his writings consist of some poetry, a few essays on literature and science, and a voluminous amount of personal correspondence, much of which has been published. In addition to his own work, Lovecraft revised, rewrote, and “ghosted” a large number of works for other authors, including one short story for Harry Houdini. Although a number of his stories have served as the basis for films, the products have seldom resembled the originals. Indicative of this is the ironical fact that probably the most successful adaptation of Lovecraftian material was released under the title “Edgar Allan Poe’s Haunted Palace.”