I greeted the arrival of Prometheus with excitement, but some chagrin. It looked like a great movie--and unlike many, I thought it was great after I saw it--but it felt uncomfortably familiar. Its tale of exploration, subterranean delving, and ancient aliens was very similar to one of my favorite stories by my favorite author, At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft. Whats worse is most of the people who see and debate Prometheus wouldnt even know this connection. H.P. Lovecraft, a writer of weird fiction who lived from 1890-1937, published a great amount of stories in the pulp magazines of his time. He told tales of fantastical landscapes, macabre interests, and unfortunate attempts to delve into hidden places for forgotten and forbidden knowledge. Lovecraft died poor and mostly unknown, but his fame spread soon after his death and he is now acknowledged as a creator of modern horror and even a serious literary figure. Yes, he was a bit of a racist, and yes many of his stories involve almost-comical figures--powerful armies of cats, winged beasts that tickle you before they drop you into the abyss. But if you are a fan of modern sci-fi or horror, it is difficult to avoid his influence. And Lovecrafts works are often superior to the memes he inspired. Most importantly, though, his writing is weird and esoteric enough that you will always out-nerd anyone around you. Here are 5 reasons why every sci-fi/horror fan must read H.P. Lovecraft, now. So read H.P. Lovecraft, and you too can be cool. Well, cool.