Bela Lugosi, famous for his starring role in the Dracula (1931) and his various roles in other horror films, died of a heart attack on August 16, 1956 in his Los Angeles home. He was 73.
Cry of the Werewolf (1944) aka Daughter of the Werewolf, an American horror film starring Nina Foch, Stephen Crane and Osa Massen was released on August 17, 1944. The film is based on a story by Griffin Jay and was directed by Henry Levin.
The Man They Could Not Hang (1939) directed by Nick Grinde, and starring Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, and Ann Doran was released on August 17, 1939.
H. P. Lovecraft born was on August 20, 1890 . He was a virtually unknown author during his lifetime and only published in pulp magazines while living in poverty. He achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction and is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in the horror genre.