In 1890, a frail, weird little boy was born in Rhode Island, and with him, a whole universe of terrifying Elder Gods came into being. A prolific writer of horror fiction in pulp magazines of the early 20th century, H.P. Lovecraft never got the hang of self-promotion and wound up dying in poverty at the age of forty-six. His fame really took off after his death and learning all of this gives me a chill of dread deeper than any of his stories have provided. Cautionary tales everywhere I look!
Mr. Lovecraft had a fun writing style that is fun to imitate once you get the hang of it. If you ever give it a shot, don’t forget to use the word “cyclopean” every few paragraphs and appear to be obsessed with “non-Euclidean lines.” Describe every scene in amazing detail that some readers might find boring, but others will find incredible. Do your best to capture unspeakable fear, unnameable horrors, and sights that defy description — all in as many words as you can fit on a page. Always, always depict a character giving way to utter madness at events that are unfolding.
For now though, turn on a Lovecraft audio story and print out this art nouveau illustration of Dread Cthulhu. Try to keep a steady hand as you color while chanting, “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.”