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Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

October 14, 2017 Brian E. @ Hughes Main
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

Be careful with this one.

It is easy to view the eye-popping cover and assume this interconnected series of short stories is simply an ode to the pulpy tales of horror that emerged in the early 20th century.  And to be fair, this novel contains all of the classic horror tropes of that era.  Sinister cults, otherworldly dreamscapes - and yes, tentacles - all feature prominently.  But at its core this book is about the systemic racism and bigotry that permeated American society throughout the mid-1950s and beyond.  These short stories chronicle the experiences of Atticus Turner, a Black Veteran of the Korean War, as well as his extended family as they deal with horrors both supernatural and all too familiar.  Give this book a shot if you're interested in an eerie, socially-conscious read.  

 


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