Lovecraft Country, which is a 2016 novel from Matt Ruff, focuses on 25-year-old Atticus Black. After his father goes missing, Black joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find him. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the malevolent spirits that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. The goal is an anthological horror series that reclaims genre storytelling from the African-American perspective.
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Lovecraft Country is a 2016 dark fantasy horror novel by Matt Ruff, exploring the conjunction between the horror fiction of H. P. Lovecraft and racism in the United States during the era of Jim Crow laws, as experienced by black science-fiction fan Atticus Turner and his family. It was published by HarperCollins.
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Publishers Weekly commended Ruff for his “impressive grasp of classic horror themes”, and noted that the book's “most unsettling” aspect is the constant bigotry experienced by the characters, while Kirkus Reviews considered it a “series of bizarre chimerical adventures” and a “merrily macabre pastiche”, comparing it favorably to Ruff's previous works. At Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow described the characters as “active protagonists (with) lives, (...) dignity, and (...) indomitable spirit”, and observed that because of their constant experiences with “harassment, violence, expropriation, and the legacy of slavery”, they “don't need Elder Gods to experience horror”, while at Tor.com, Alex Brown judged that the book “thoroughly and effectively marries race and horror” and called it “a tense thriller, a terrifying nightmare, a heartbreaking tragedy, and a tale of holding onto aspiration and optimism even while being chased through the woods by a hellbeast from another dimension”.
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