Photo of H. P. Lovecraft in 1915 taken for the Amateur Publishing Association.

Welcome to the Rat(ios) in the Walls (of Text): An H.P. Lovecraft Digital Humanities Project Portfolio.

In recent years there has been a renewed interest in the work of H.P. Lovecraft, and a reassement of his place in American literary history. Once relegated to the pulp magazines of the early 20th century, the past 20 years has seen Lovecraft's work added to publishing lines such as The Library of America, Oxford World's Classics, and the Penguin Classics line. Meanwhile, numerous “omnibus,” “definitive,” and “annotated” editions of his work have been released from various publishers. How and why has work that was published in a cheap, disposable format survived to this day and garnered such attention?

Rat(ios) in the Walls (of Text) attempts to examine the how portion of that question through the application of various tools developed as part of the growing field of the Digital Humanities.