Unknown to many fans and readers, the influential and controversial horror author H. P. Lovecraft lived and wrote in New York City between 1924 and 1926. During this time, Greenwich Village became his favorite neighborhood. Often in the dark hours of the night, Lovecraft lost himself in its maze of streets and alleys. He visited Greenwich Village not to fraternize with its poets and painters, but to savor the neighborhood’s architecture and buildings. However, his encounters with its immigrant and minority communities revealed his deep racism and xenophobia. David J. Goodwin will discuss his new book Midnight Rambles: H. P. Lovecraft in Gotham, a biography on the horror master’s love-hate relationship with the city, and he will invite the audience to discover how Greenwich Village informed Lovecraft’s imagination and fiction.