Author(s): H. P. Lovecraft
'The Apollo choices have been masterful. The list is thought-provoking, eye-opening, inspired and inspiring' The Big Issue. Written in 1927, but never published in Lovecraft's lifetime, this is the iconic American author's exploration of a mind destroyed by obsession. The novel tells the story of Charles Dexter Ward through letters, documents and other 'historical sources'. A young intellectual, Charles is lured to what his doctors believe to be his doom by his obsession with an ancestor, a reputed necromancer.
'Lovecraft is a dark and baroque prince. I think it is beyond doubt that H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale' Stephen King.
H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) is the most important and influential horror writer of the twentieth century. His stories of occult nightmare and cosmic terror have drawn praise from William S. Burroughs, Angela Carter and Jorge Luis Borges and continue to inspire new generations of writers and film-makers.