H.P. Lovecraft(1890 - 1937) is regarded as the leading twentieth-century American author of supernatural fiction. Leslie S. Klinger is the editor of the best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Short Stories (ISBN 978 0 393 05916 8), The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Novels (ISBN 978 0 393 05800 0) and The New Annotated Dracula (ISBN 978 0 393 06450 6).
Lovecraft is intriguing for not only the rich substrate of astonishing and sometimes prescient ideas that is the bedrock of his work, but for the sheer unlikelihood of his ascent into the ranks of the respected U.S. literary canon He is today revered to a degree comparable with that of his formative idol Edgar Allan Poe, a posthumous trajectory from pulp to academia that is perhaps unique in modern letters. --Alan Moore, from the introduction