21. I Am Providence: H.P. Lovecraft

  1. Charles L. Crow
  1. Faye Ringel

Published Online: 13 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118608395.ch21

A Companion to American Gothic

A Companion to American Gothic

How to Cite

Ringel, F. (2013) I Am Providence: H.P. Lovecraft, in A Companion to American Gothic (ed C. L. Crow), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118608395.ch21

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 25 NOV 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470671870

Online ISBN: 9781118608395



  • Lovecraft;
  • H.P.;
  • Poe;
  • Edgar Allan;
  • Providence;
  • New England Gothic;
  • Science Fiction;
  • Horror;
  • Racism;
  • Arkham House


H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) connects the Gothic mode in America with its European origins and with New England's history and legends. His intense identification with his home city, that sense of place, may be his greatest contribution to the American Gothic. His portrayal of a universe inimical to man and alien invasions made him a pioneer in Gothic science fiction. Lovecraft was heir to Hawthorne in his view of the Puritans. He idealized the eighteenth century while lamenting the region's decline. An antiquarian, he delighted in the survival of old customs. His embrace of eugenics and racialist science is reflected in his fiction. He has influenced several generations of horror writers.