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Lovecraft wrote letters to some of his friends claiming he found homosexuality revolting, yet many of his closest friends were, you guessed it, gay.

In Lovecraft's lifetime negative attitudes to homosexuality were widespread. Could it be possible that Lovecraft's supposed homophobia was a ruse to hide his true feelings?

Advocates of the theory that Lovecraft was purely heterosexual suggest that Lovecraft was simply unaware some of his friends were gay.

This is false.

As early as 1918 Samuel Loveman was living an openly gay lifestyle. He even co-owed a shop with his gay partner. Loveman was the inspiration behind Lovecraft's Nyarlathotep. But perhaps more intriguingly, he was the man to whom Lovecraft dedicated 'Hypnos'.

The inscription simply reads 'For SL'.

Hypnos is a short story. It's basically Pygmalion myth reversed. I don't want to spoil it, so I'll just say the story begins with the male protagonist discovering a beautiful man fainting at a train station, and taking him home.

If you haven't read Hypnos, give it a go. If you have, what do you think?

Also, look through Lovecraft's works and find the most glowing description of a male character's physical appearance you can (Iranon, Hypnos, The Temple, The Transition of Juan Romero should all prove pretty fruitful).

Now do the same for a female character.

I think the best I managed in the female department was Asenath Waite from 'The Thing on the Doorstep', which is kind of cheating anyway. Lovecraft describes her as 'dark, smallish and very good looking except for over-protuberant eyes.'

Not exactly flattering. He doesn't even explain what makes her 'very good looking', only what makes her ugly!

Oh Lovecraft, you're only fooling yourself! XD

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theperian Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for adding 'Wilde' to your collection! :heart:
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elchavoman Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Thanks for the fave! ^^
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Somnolent-Droid Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
You're exceedingly welcome! :D
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namenad Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you for adding me to your watch list. 

You shan't regret it. 
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Somnolent-Droid Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
I'm sure I shan't! :D
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steampoweredmouse Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  New member Professional General Artist
Thanks for being my first fave! Within ten minutes of posting! Gave me some motivation :)
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Somnolent-Droid Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
You're welcome! It came upon top of the page of most recent deviations, which was most exciting :D
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flipation Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:!
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Somnolent-Droid Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
You're welcome - loved your TD art!
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IxCANxHAZxCOOKIE Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It is literally your ID oh my goodness stop it. XD
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