Lovecraft Country

Published Jan. 5, 2016 by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers.

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4 stars (15 reviews)

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Review of 'Lovecraft Country' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

What a stunning book!
I really enjoyed the way the supernatural and Lovecraftian creepinness were woven in with the deeply racist society of the late 40ies US in this book. Particularly genius: All the truly scary creatures in this book are human.

Before starting this book, I did not realize this was actually a collection of stories that at the start only seem to be fairly loosely connected, but then become more and more entangled. Great format!

Emphatic recommendation!

Review of 'Lovecraft Country' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

So good! I loved these stories as Lovecraft-inspired fantasy, and I loved the perspective woven through them: the constant anxiety and tension of facing immense, inimical mystery which has no regard for your life combined with the similar psychological tensions and existential dangers experienced by black Americans during Jim Crow.

Told as a series of short stories, or the experiences of different members of a family, with a common thread of traveling for the Safe Negro Travel Guide. That mission and danger is always in the back of your mind, and it's so compatible with cosmic horror, that its use is electric and obvious and perfect.

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