Definitions

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  • adj. Frighteningly monstrous and otherworldly.
  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or emulating the style or works of author H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937).

Etymologies

From H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), an American author of fantasy, horror and science fiction, noted for combining these three genres within single narratives. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I hate to use the term Lovecraftian, because it’s pretty cliché, really, but it was, so I guess I will.

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  • They are particularly interested in Lovecraftian fiction and have just announced an open call for submissions of original work.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • Review: This might be considered entertaining enough just for its premise, but the fact that it's skillfully and humorously written in Lovecraftian style itself is just brilliant; like when the student is taken in by the frog-like mother and son of one Twinkie-like trailer, he recounts: Ah, how little I knew then the nameless horrors that awaited me.

    REVIEW: Isaac Asimov's Halloween edited by Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams

  • The title story, which has a certain Lovecraftian atmosphere, concerns the puzzle of an enigmatic family’s annual off-season visit to a seaside resort … Spencer’s stories are scintillating creations, disturbing and beautiful, and his introduction about the perils of being a short story writer is an illuminating diversion, too.

    Subterranean Press » 2006 » April

  • In any case, I’ve since worked on scripts that contain Lovecraftian ideas, and I now have a Lovecraft adaptation of my own to promote.

    Mad Dog Movies « H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Report

  • It certainly is a marvelous expression of the sort of cosmic horror that is so often called "Lovecraftian," though I doubt HPL was a direct inspiration for "The Hinterlands."

    "With my eyes closed I'll look closer..."

  • It's still one of my favorite "Lovecraftian" stories (not to be confused with "Mythos" tales), and was pleased to see it reprinted in the Subterranean Press collection of the same title.

    Running to Stand Still (again)

  • I think that this is a wonderful project and I hope Del Toro will succeed in his work to adapt HPL's story in a best way since no one could do this ever with this type of "Lovecraftian" weird fiction.

    Del Toro To Incite Audiences To ‘Madness’ With H.P. Lovecraft Project » MTV Movies Blog

  • Some of the tech looks a bit dated (the thing's been in development for entirely too many years), but the storytellers really make the best of what they've got - resulting in a damn fine, damn perfect, damn worth of the adjective "Lovecraftian" bit of survival horror.

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  • Though, I shudder to think what kind of Lovecraftian forces ancient when dirt was still in beta could be unleashed by staring in a mirror and repeating “Heinlein, Rand, fanfic” three times…

    Just In Case You Were Wondering « Whatever

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