Although an overlooked chapter in H. P. Lovecraft’s life, New York City shaped him as a writer and an individual. His experiences and encounters in New York revealed both admirable and lamentable aspects of Lovecraft’s personal character. This included the inflexible racism and xenophobia that continue to tarnish his genre-bending fiction and literary legacy. In Midnight Rambles, readers will discover the adventures, mishaps, and relationships of the twentieth-century’s most influential horror writer in America’s creative capital.
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Weird fiction author H.P. Lovecraft moved to New York City to marry the stylish milliner Sonia H. Greene and chase after the writer’s life in March 1924. Greene rented a spacious apartment (four rooms!) in the fashionable Brooklyn neighborhood of Flatbush. Lovecraft fancied himself landing a plum writing or editorial position.
In the introduction to her short story collection Ghosts, Edith Wharton wrote that the titular subjects of her compilation “require two conditions abhorrent to the modern mind: silence and continuity” to become present in the corporeal world. These elements seem to be all the more imperiled amid our fragmented hyper-mediated age.
Earlier this autumn, I visited Providence, Rhode Island for a long-awaited trip to the John Hay Library at Brown University. For a full workweek, I spent the majority of my waking hours sifting through the papers of author H.P. Lovecraft and several of his associates for material for my biography on the weird fiction writer and his New York City years. As with any research project, a new question arose for each one answered.