How to Write a Lovecraft Novella

After a rather odd urge to consume some classic horror, I recently finished reading a wide array of H.P. Lovecraft stories. What I mostly discovered is that Lovecraft found a formula that worked well for him, and mostly stuck to it. Here’s how to write your very own Lovecraftian-style horror.


Your novella should include one of the following:

  • Mysterious town in New England that people avoid
  • Remote location in the world, preferably Antarctica or Australia

It is very important to use one of the two. Without it, your novella will be a fraud.


Pick one, or mix-n-match if so inclined:

  • Curiosity-seeking traveler who happens to stumble mysterious town
  • Well-educated professor from Miskatonic University

General Plot

Again, pick one:

  • If curiosity-seeking traveler, they will find themselves in the mysterious town, and find some horrible dark secret.
  • If professor, go on some unrelated field expedition that stumbles upon an ancient and terrible place
  • If professor, investigate some experience that links back to a mysterious town. In course of research, discover some terrible secret.


Main character either:

  • goes crazy and is killed/died
  • is the lone survivor in a twisted plot, and spends the rest of their days in silent horror and terror

Other Requirements

Your novella must include the word “Cyclopean” at least twice, and “non-euclidean” at least once. It would also be a good idea to mention the  “Mad Arab” Abdul Alhazred and his book the Necronomicon.

That’s it!

Have fun writing your very own novel!


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