Top ten cautionary lessons to be learned from Mr. Lovecraft:

1. Don’t eat the cheap canned stuff.

2. Don’t choose a day-job that’s too similar to your creative work.

3. If you must work for idiots, at least get the payments up front.

4. Writing faux-antique poetry may not be the most certain route to fame and influence.

5. Don’t let the wife give up her day-job as soon as you’re married.

6. Candy bars are not a breakfast.

7. Keep carbon copies of all letters.

8. Don’t give your family’s money to an uncle to invest in a ‘sure-fire’ scheme.

9. When naming a cat, stick to traditional names like “Fluffy”.

10. Don’t correlate the contents.

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