>>60805117>But lovecraft was an ultra-neet.
Lovecraft was a human Bulletin Board Service.
He was the hub of several correspondence circles dealing not only with weird fiction but also amateur journalism, art criticism, general science, and other topics. Long distance phone calls cost a week's wages, telegrams were pricey, and travel for the rich but you could post a letter for a penny or two.
They estimate Lovecraft wrote 100,000 letters starting in his 20s and putting him only behind Voltaire. That effort kept hundreds of people interested in different topic in regular contact with each like-minded others and each others projects. You'd mention a question you had or a bit of info you couldn't track down. Lovecraft would pass it along in his letters, collect everyone's answers, and send it all back to you.
Lovecraft also worked as a "script doctor" for other writers of fiction and non-fiction. You'd send him what you were working on and he'd help you rewrite or otherwise fix it. It's a shame he never took the pulp editing job offered him in Chicago because he spent the last decades of his life doing the exact same work for no money.
While he may have been a NEET, he was definitely busy everyday.