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Known as "the man who can scare Stephen King," H.P. Lovecraft is a master of horror. This lesson introduces students to his style of writing with the short story "From Beyond."
Illustrated Text of "From Beyond"
Standards for ELA
Tips for Teachers (throughout)
Anticipatory Brainstorm: 3 Activities
H.P. Lovecraft Biographical & Literary Information
Vocabulary for Short Story
Short Story Analysis Forms
Fan Fiction Writing Prompt
Lovecraft used the power of the unknown to inspire and horrify his readers. A lot of our contemporary cultural understanding of what goes into the horror genre comes from his stories. He had a profound influence on subsequent horror and science fiction writers. In his essay, "Supernatural Horror in Literature," Lovecraft writes: “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
Grades 9 - 12, Horror, Science Fiction, Short Stories.