Lovecraft, Howard Phillips
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) was an influential author of horror fiction. Although he clearly stated that he did not accept the reality of Atlantis he was quite happy to use elements of Plato’s tale in his own short stories. Nevertheless, his friend Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan the Barbarian, appears to have accepted the existence of an early civilisation and to have incorporated that idea into his novel Atlantis Found.
Some years ago Jason Colavito wrote an article(a) outlining how fictional elements in some of Lovecraft’s books from as early as 1927 appear to have ‘inspired’ much of von Däniken’s ‘ancient astronaut’ ideas! Furthermore Colavito has proposed(b) that Lovecraft’s work had also influenced Pauwels & Bergier, authors of Morning of the Magicians, another book that was plundered by von Däniken.