S. T. Joshi

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S. T. Joshi
S. T. Joshi (2002 promotional photo)
S. T. Joshi (2002 promotional photo)
Born (1958-06-22) June 22, 1958 (age 63)
Pune, India
CitizenshipUnited States since 1978
SubjectWeird fiction

Sunand Tryambak Joshi (born June 22, 1958) is an American literary critic whose work has largely focused on weird and fantastic fiction, especially the life and work of H. P. Lovecraft and associated writers.


His literary criticism focuses upon the worldviews of authors. His The Weird Tale examines horror and fantasy writing by Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, Lord Dunsany, M. R. James, Bierce and Lovecraft.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Joshi discovered the work of Lovecraft at age 13 in a public library in Muncie, Indiana. He also read L. Sprague de Camp's biography of Lovecraft, Lovecraft: A Biography, on publication in 1975, and began thereafter to devote himself to Lovecraft. This devotion led him to decline offers from Yale and Harvard so that he could attend Brown University.[2]

Currently, he lives in Seattle, Washington.[1] Joshi married Leslie Gary Boba on September 1, 2001.[1] They divorced in December 2010.[3]

In August 2014, Joshi opposed the campaign to change the World Fantasy Award statuette from a Gahan Wilson's bust of Lovecraft to one of African-American author Octavia Butler,[4] and returned his World Fantasy Awards in protest.[5]

Notable publications[edit]


  • H. P. Lovecraft: A Life
  • I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft
  • Sixty Years of Arkham House: A History and Bibliography (Arkham House, 1999). ISBN 9780870541766.

Edited volumes[edit]


  • Horror Writers Association – Bram Stoker Award for Nonfiction [1]
    1996 H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (Necronomicon Press) – Author
  • British Fantasy Society – British Fantasy Award for Best Small-Press Publication [2]
    1997 H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (Necronomicon Press) – Author
  • International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts – IAFA Distinguished Critic Award [3]
  • World Fantasy Award – Special Award for Professional Scholarship [4]
  • International Horror Guild – Outstanding Achievement in Horror & Dark Fantasy for Nonfiction [5]
    2005 Supernatural Literature of the World (Greenwood Press) – Co-editor
  • International Horror Guild – Outstanding Achievement in Horror & Dark Fantasy for Nonfiction [6]
    2006 Icons of Horror and the Supernatural (Greenwood Press) – Editor
  • World Fantasy Award – Special Award Non-Professional [7]
    2013 Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes 1 & 2 (PS Publishing) – Author


  1. ^ a b c "S.T. Joshi: An Autobiography". Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  2. ^ "New Fans: H. P. Lovecraft Is As Good As Poe, They Say". The Ludington Daily News. July 8, 1977. p. 11. Archived from the original on February 28, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ S. T. Joshi. "Blog". S. T. Joshi. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  4. ^ Laura Miller, It’s OK to admit that H. P. Lovecraft was racist, Salon, September 12, 2014.
  5. ^ "November 10, 2015 – The World Fantasy Award". Retrieved September 10, 2015.

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