H.P. Lovecraft, Founder
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) — known as H. P. Lovecraft — was an American author of horror, fantasy andscience fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction.
Lovecraft’s guiding aesthetic and philosophical principle was what he termed “cosmicism” or “cosmic horror”, the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally inimical to the interests of humankind. As such, his stories express a profound indifference to human beliefs and affairs. Lovecraft is best known for his Cthulhu Mythos story cycle and the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore.
According to Joyce Carol Oates, Lovecraft—as with Edgar Allan Poe in the 19th century—has exerted “an incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror fiction”. Stephen King called Lovecraft “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.” King has even made it clear in his semi-autobiographical non-fiction book Danse Macabre that Lovecraft was responsible for King’s own fascination with horror and the macabre, and was the single largest figure to influence his fiction writing. His stories have also been adapted into plays, films and games.
- from Wikipedia
Alfred Smith, Chancellor
Alfred Smith, Chancellor of Miskatonic, is a fellow Lovecraft reader from the creepy state of Florida. He started this website back when he was in college and has maintained it throughout the past 15 years. Inspired by Lovecraft’s witty and deceptive practice of convincing others as to the whether Miskatonic University or his towns were real, Alfred built the Miskatonic University site with the same mindset. With all new technologies that Alfred familiarizes himself with, he usually first experiments with Miskatonic. Being a Gemini, his passion for communication and all things cerebral, he took on this challenge and has nurtured this website for over a decade.
He’s a musician, inventor, developer, explorer, astrologer, Freemason, mystic and lover of all things horror. When he’s not working on Miskatonic he’s usually working on other projects with his company Travelling East. As a day job, he’s a Project Manager at a Design firm in Miami and has had an extensive background in technology and marketing.
Alfred has been a Cthulhu Mythos fan throughout his life. In making Miskatonic, Alfred has traveled, researched and collaborated with alumni of Miskatonic to create this website. You can read about some of his expeditions to Lovecraft’s hometown of Providence and the hunt for Miskatonic University in the Expeditions section.
This website that started as a past time has become a separate road to freedom as Alfred is a huge fan of Kiyosaki, Robbins, Ferriss and others in the DIY and GTD movement. This website has evolved from an early homage to a web presence for the Lovecraft community to gather and play a role in Lovecraft’s legacy. With each passing year, Miskatonic University’s web presence grows and it’s with fans like you that will make this dream continue to grow.
The Miskatonic Inquisitor is published by Miskatonic University located in Arkham, Massachusetts. All articles are combed from the the World Wide Web and presented here as a reading collection for Miskatonic’s student body. As a student of Miskatonic University, you are encouraged to visit the Inquisitor and stay up to date with what’s going on around campus. Stay informed of sightings by Cthulhu, the Cult of Cthulhu and even Arkham Asylum.
- Dr. Matthew T. Green, Professor of Occult Studies / Cryptozoology
- Jacob Malone – a lover of movies. Jacob combs through Youtube and posts his findings here.
- Kyle Winters – gamer extraordinaire. Kyle loves all games. With only so much time in the world, Kyle usually scours Youtube to find walkthroughs and reviews of current horror games out now.
- Jenny Halo – the strange one. Fascinated by all things dark and a collector of the odd, Jenny finds the music videos we have posted on the Inquisitor.
Faculty Course Contributors:
Miskatonic Beta Team:
- Antonio Polo – bitprocessing.com
- Diosnel Herrnsdorf
These are folks on the web that have allowed us to use their images and words to help populate this website. We can’t thank them enough for their generous contribution.
- Miskatonic University Default Avater – based on Cthulhu Icon by ~yukihiyou
- Miskatonic University Beta Team – Diosnel Herrnsdorf