Robert Harrison Blake

Robert Harrison Blake

Robert Harrison Blake

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Robert Harrison Blake is a fictional character in the Cthulhu Mythos. The character is the creation of H. P. Lovecraft and appears in his short story "The Haunter of the Dark" (1935).


In Lovecraft's tale, Robert Blake is a young author and painter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He comes to Providence, Rhode Island and moves into an apartment on College Street. While there, he completes five short stories: "The Burrower Beneath", "The Feaster from the Stars", "In the Vale of Pnath", "Shaggai", and "The Stairs in the Crypt". He becomes obsessed with a deserted church on Federal Hill across the street from his residence. He later learns of a cult that was once active there, the Church of Starry Wisdom. His investigation of this cult inevitably leads to his death.


Lovecraft based Robert Blake on one of his correspondents, the teenage Robert Bloch Robert Bloch (1917–1994) is best known as the author of the novel Psycho, on which the Alfred Hitchcock film is based. who had just begun his career as a writer of horror and science fiction. In the story, Lovecraft even had Blake residing at Bloch's real-life address at the time: 620 E. Knapp Street, Milwaukee.Pearsall, "Blake, Robert Harrision", The Lovecraft Lexicon, p. 87.

The development of the Robert Blake character has a notable backstory. The character first appeared as the unnamed narrator...
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