Gods of the Godless: A Discussion on H.P. Lovecraft with S.T. Joshi

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S.T. Joshi S.T. Joshi (Photo by Emily Marija Kurmis)

Gods of the Godless: A Discussion on H.P. Lovecraft wth S.T. Joshi

Interview by Henry Akeley

The shadow of Howard Phillips Lovecraft has loomed large over the culture of heavy metal right from the beginning, with Black Sabbath’s “Behind the Wall of Sleep” paying homage to the similarly titled short story, “Beyond the Wall of Sleep”, on the band’s eponymous debut album in 1970. Since then, a plethora of projects from every corner of dark music have drawn inspiration from Lovecraft, ranging from the likes of Metallica and Iron Maiden to obscurities such as Crematory (Swe) and Necrodeath.

Since his passing in 1937, perhaps nobody, at least in the past half-century, has done more to preserve the great American author’s legacy than S.T. Joshi. Having written numerous biographies on Lovecraft (including the two-volume “I Am Providence“, published…

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