From the March, 2007 issue of Touchstone
Atheist Shrugged by Ethan Cordray

Book Review

Atheist Shrugged

H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life by Michel Houellebecq

translated by Dorna Khazeni
Believer Books, 2005
(247 pages, $18.00, paperback)

It is remarkable that anyone still remembers Howard Phillips Lovecraft. A writer of obscure supernatural horror stories never published outside of cheap pulp magazines, an introverted and impoverished misanthrope known only to a tiny circle of friends, H. P. Lovecraft died in 1937 fully expecting to leave no literary legacy whatsoever.

Yet over the past seventy years, Lovecraft’s stories have . . .

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