Lovecraft Country (novel)

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Lovecraft Country
Lovecraft Country (novel).jpg
AuthorMatt Ruff
Cover artistJarrod Taylor
CountryUnited States
GenreDark fantasy, horror
Publication date
Media typePrint

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.


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,[1] while Kirkus Reviews considered it a "series of bizarre chimerical adventures" and a "merrily macabre pastiche", comparing it favorably to Ruff's previous works.[2]

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",[3] while at, 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".[4]


In 2017, HBO announced that they were preparing an adaptation of the novel, with Jordan Peele and J. J. Abrams as executive producers and Misha Green as showrunner.[5]


  1. ^ "Lovecraft Country". Publishers Weekly. November 30, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "LOVECRAFT COUNTRY". Kirkus Reviews. November 4, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  3. ^ Doctorow, Cory (February 16, 2016). "Matt Ruff's "Lovecraft Country," where the horror is racism (not racist)". Boing Boing. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  4. ^ Brown, Alex (February 16, 2016). "Cthulhu Gon' Slay: Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff". Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike, Jr. (May 16, 2017). "'Get Out's Jordan Peele Teams With WBTV, HBO & Bad Robot For 'Lovecraft Country' Drama Series; Misha Green Writing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 16, 2017.

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