You know, uh, horror - lowbrow. Put us in the ghetto, fine. But H.P. Lovecraft, this guy is literature.
Judah describing H.P. Lovecraft's written works
in Let It Bleed

Howard Phillips or H.P. Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was a horror writer and the first known person to open the door to Purgatory.

Background[edit | edit source]

A poster of H.P. in Judah's room.

In his work, Lovecraft talked about doors to other worlds. It was at his dinner party, that he and his friends successfully opened the door to Purgatory and glimpsed beings he called "the Old Ones". By opening a door to Purgatory, he and his friends consequently let out Dr. Visyak, a non-hostile being. This being proceeded to take Lovecraft's maid Eleanor as a vessel, without anyone's knowledge.

Following the party, Lovecraft and his guests were killed off one by one by Visyak in order to protect Purgatory's secret. Lovecraft was writing a novel at the time of his death. He noticed sounds outside his study somewhere, and locked the door. He reached out for his gun in an attempt to defend himself, but to no avail. The unseen assailant broke through the window and killed the writer.

His knowledge and experience with Purgatory was revealed to Bobby, who then told the Winchesters, through a photocopy of a Campbell diary that Castiel had stolen from Judah.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Despite his popularity as a writer, the real Lovecraft died in poverty.
  • Lovecraft wore a wedding ring at the time of his death. This is likely a nod to the real-life Lovecraft's short-lived marriage to Sonia Greene. Their divorce was never finalized.
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