10 H. P. Lovecraft Quotes for Writers and About Writing

Here are 10 H. P. Lovecraft quotes for writers and about writing from the author of The Rats in the Walls, The Call of Cthulhu, and At the Mountains of Madness. In these quotes, Lovecraft covers horror, creativity, coffee, and more.
Author:
Publish date:

Here are 10 H. P. Lovecraft quotes for writers and about writing from the author of The Rats in the Walls, The Call of Cthulhu, and At the Mountains of Madness. In these quotes, Lovecraft covers horror, creativity, coffee, and more.

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (aka, H. P. Lovecraft) was an American writer of weird and horror fiction, including The Call of Cthulhu and At the Mountains of Madness. He wrote under several pen names (including Humphrey Littlewit, Edward Softly, and Percy Simple) and also worked as a ghostwriter.

(Click here for a checklist of questions to ask potential clients if you're a ghostwriter.)

As such, Lovecraft was mostly unknown as a writer during his lifetime, despite an affiliation with Harry Houdini. Though he is now famous for his weird and horror fiction, he was never able to make a living off his writing and died at the age of 46.

Here are 10 H. P. Lovecraft quotes for writers and about writing.

10 H. P. Lovecraft quotes for writers and about writing

"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown."

Image placeholder title

"Never explain anything."

Image placeholder title

"Horrors, I believe, should be original--the use of common myths and legends being a weakening influence."

Image placeholder title

*****

Write Better Novels!

Image placeholder title

Push yourself beyond your comfort zone and take your writing to new heights with this Advanced Novel Writing workshop meant for novelists who are looking for book editing and specific feedback on their work. When you take this online workshop, you won't have weekly reading assignments or lectures. Instead, you'll get to focus solely on completing your novel.

While it is possible to write a novel in a month, in this workshop you'll spend 15 weeks writing yours—all the while gaining valuable feedback and getting the encouragement you need in order to finish writing your novel. You'll also learn specific tips for outlining and how not to write a novel. One thing is for certain though—by the end of this online workshop, you will have the tools and know-how to write a great novel.

Click to continue.

*****

"Creative minds are uneven, and the best of fabrics have their dull spots."

Image placeholder title

"I couldn't live a week without a private library--indeed, I'd part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I'd let go of the 1,500 or so books I possess."

Image placeholder title

"From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent."

Image placeholder title

"The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind."

Image placeholder title

"I like coffee exceedingly..."

Image placeholder title

"One cannot be too careful in the selection of adjectives for descriptions."

Image placeholder title

"No formal course in fiction writing can equal a close and observant perusal of the stories of Edgar Allan Poe or Ambrose Bierce."

Image placeholder title
shook_vs_shaked_vs_shaken_grammar_rules_robert_lee_brewer

Shook vs. Shaked vs. Shaken (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use shook vs. shaked vs. shaken on with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 30

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write an exit poem.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: New Online Courses and Manuscript Critique

This week, we’re excited to announce courses in blogging and memoir writing, manuscript critique services, and more.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 29

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a wanting blank poem.

2020_creative_gifts_for_writers

2020 Creative Gift Ideas for Writers

Searching for something special for that special someone who loves to write? Check out our 2020 creative gift ideas for writers with a range of fun gifts for the wordsmiths in your life.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a remix poem.

Omeara_11:27

Going Viral: Writing From the Hopeful Heart

Author Kitty O'Meara shares her experience of going viral online and how that led to some exciting publishing opportunities.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 27

For the 2020 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets write a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a what's next poem.

plot_twist_story_prompts_an_invitation_robert_lee_brewer

Plot Twist Story Prompts: An Invitation

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, give a character an invitation.