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S. T. Joshi
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    (June 22, 1958- )
    Born in Pune, India
    Indian-American author specializing in the study of HP Lovecraft and his and related works
    BA and MA in Philosophy from Brown University
    Real/full name: Sunand Teyambah Joshi
    Author of over 250 journal articles
    Has written biographies of HP Lovecraft (1998 revised 2009), Lord Dunsany (1993), Ramsey Campbell (1993), Ambrose Bierce (1999), Gore Vidal (2007), and HL Mencken (2009)
    Books on HP Lovecraft and his works include; An Index to the Selected Letters of HP Lovecraft (1980), Lovecraft's Library: A Catalogue (1980), An Index to the Fiction and Poetry of HP Lovecraft (1990), HP Lovecraft: A Life (1996), A Dreamer and a Visionary: HP Lovecraft in His Tine (2001), An HP Lovecraft Encyclopedia (2001), The Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos (2008), I Am Providence: The Life and Times of HP Lovecraft (2012), HP Lovecraft: Nightmare Countries (2012), Lovecraft and a World in Transition: Collected Essays on HP Lovecraft (2014)
    Some of his more than forty nonfiction books on subjects other than HP Lovecraft include; Weird Tales (1990), John Dickson Carr: A Critical Study (1990), Lord Dunsany: Master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination (1995), Sixty Years of Arkham House (1990), Ramsey Campbell and Modern Horror Fiction (2001), The Evolution of the Weird Tale (2004), Classics and Contemporaries: Some Notes on Horror Fiction (2009), Ten Years of Hippocampus Press: 2000-2010 (2012), Unutterable Horror: A History of A Supernatural Fiction (2012)
    He (and others) write mystery/detective novels under the psuedonym 'JK Maxwell'
    A leading Mencken scholar, he has also written; HL Mencken on American Literature (2002), HL Mencken on Religion (2002), and Mencken's America (2004)
    Atheist
    His hair is horrible
    Though extremely cool, being the world's greatest HP Lovecraft expert is being a very big fish in a very small pond.
    Though he and his wife knew each for over twenty years (and dated for ten) before they married, they still ended up getting divorced.
    Though personable and polite in his writings and in life, in his books examining atheism vs belief; 'Atheism: Reader ' (2000) and 'God's Defenders: What They Believe and Why They Are Wrong' (2002) he is insulting to those who disagree with him to the point one reviewer (also an atheist) called his writings on atheism vs belief as 'primitive' and 'nasty.'
    Three different versions with widely differing lengths of his definitive biography of HP Lovecraft have been published.
    He has more pictures of his cats on his personal website than he does of his family.
    In his biography of HP Lovecraft, he inserts himself in the book by repeatedly saying things like 'I discovered' and 'I realized.'
    He quit a PhD program in the Classics at Columbia.
    He is an extraordinarily productive writer; having written or edited more than 210 books and over 450 (!) book reviews, scholarly articles, and published letters and has edited over twenty issues of various scholarly journals.
    He comes from a very intellectual family. His father and mother, who taught and economics and mathematics respectively moved to the United States to teach on the university level when he was young.
    He translated Lovecraft ju de Fantastique from the French and has had his own works translated into; German, Italian, Japanese, and French among other languages.
    His Document of American Prejudice (1999) and In Her Place: A Documentary History of Prejudice Against Women (2006) are outstanding examinations of prejudice and sexism.
    He began his study of HP Lovecraft at age thirteen and was working as a literary critic by the time he was seventeen.
    He plays the violin, although not particularly well.
    He has a very good blog.

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