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    I essentially agree with Luckyscars. The Lovecraft name (along with other Lovecraftian things like Misskatonic University, Cthulhu, the Elder Gods, and suchlike) are so very well-known as to have achieved the cultural status of a meme. If you want to use it, use it -- names aren't copyrighted -- but it needs to be DOING something in the work. For example, the central character in Jhumpa Lahiri's novel The Namesake is named after Nikolai Gogol, the famous Russian writer. Gogol's acceptance and rejection of his name and his ambiguous relationship with his name, his identity, and his parentage are all central aspects of this novel, which (as its title suggests) is very much about the importance of being a namesake.

    Otherwise, the best you're going to achieve is a kind of annoyance. Real horror fans aren't going to be impressed because it's not a particularly tough Lovecraftian Easter egg to reward them with. "Mr. Dunwich" might be better, or "William Dyer," or something that isn't as well-known.

    Hope that helps.

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by luckyscars View Post
    You can't copyright or trademark a name. Period.

    On the other hand, unless there's a literary point to it (as in Kafka On The Shore), appropriating the name of a well-known horror author for a character in a horror novel is extremely unimaginative, hackneyed and amateurish.

    It's quite funny. The premise is easy. It's a perfect movie.

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