The original author of At the Mountains of Madness. Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890–1937) was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. A child prodigy, Lovecraft developed an early interest in chemistry and astronomy, although his sickly disposition and a history of night terrors prevented him from completing his schooling. Periods of nervous breakdown and depression followed, contributing to the cynical and unsettling world view displayed in his writing.
Initially a poet and prodigious letter writer, Lovecraft started writing fiction in his twenties. Although his work was not widely read during his lifetime, Lovecraft is now recognised as one of the 20th century’s most influential writers of the macabre.