|Howard Phillips Lovecraft
I remember I was in a Borders bookstore once and was totally bored, looking for something to read. Skimming through the sci-fi/horror shelves, I came across this book,
then I had to have the reference books (these are but three):
then I started buying anything and everything to do with HPL, including books by authors who'd been influenced by him (here's a random sample... I have way too many to get into one or two photos):
Not being satisfied with only Western authors, I was elated to find Japanese Cthulhu:
Soon the books from RPGs hit my library, like the Delta Green series (I bought them all when they were still in print and still affordable), and then I started collecting original Arkham House editions (again, way too many to photograph).
My addiction was getting so very bad that my husband finally gave up and for my birthday one year, bought me a special gift:
t-shirts, and even a plush Hound of Tindalos:
I still have an incredibly strong addiction to eldritch tales, and it all started with one book. I'll probably be collecting them until I die -- some people collect souvenir spoons, I collect Lovecraft and those who came after.