This article is about the fictional Lovecraft city. For other uses, see the "other appearances" section of this article.Arkham is a fictional city in Massachusetts, part of the Lovecraft Country setting created by H. P. Lovecraft and is featured in many of his stories, as well as those of other Cthulhu Mythos writers.Arkham House, a publishing company started by two of Lovecraft's correspondents, August Derleth and Donald Wandrei, takes its name from this city as a tribute.Cf. "About Arkham House" web site.
Arkham in Lovecraft's fiction
was modelled on the real Crowninshield-Bentley House in Salem, Massachusetts.]]In the 1933 story The Thing on the Doorstep, Lovecraft described
the ancient, mouldering, and subtly fearsome town...witch-cursed, legend-haunted Arkham, whose huddled, sagging gambrel roofs and crumbling Georgian balustrades brood out over the centuries beside the darkly muttering Miskatonic.
Arkham is the home of Miskatonic University, which figures prominently in many