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- Also—Howard Phillips Lovecraft was a racist and an anti-Semite.
- There. We said it.
- We could give a litany of examples, but they are easy to find with a
- simple Internet search. Look up the name of his cat, for instance. Go
- ahead, we’ll wait.
- Now that we’ve gotten that issue out in the open, let us turn our
- attention to why we still find the Cthulhu mythos, of which he planted
- the seed, a fruitful garden in which to find stories.
- Lovecraft once said, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is
- fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
- He filled that void of knowledge with his imagination, creating Old Ones
- and forbidden knowledge, strange religions and fantastical superstitions,
- threats to society and suspicion of what science might unlock. We can
- acknowledge the fear behind his imagination while also re-examining
- what came out of it.
- In recent years, many writers, including writers of color, have flipped
- the perspective on some of Lovecraft’s most famous stories and made
- brilliant new works. Excellent examples are The Ballad of Black Tom by
- Victor LaValle, The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson, Hammers
- on Bone by Cassandra Khaw, and Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R.
- Kiernan. We hope you use them for inspiration just as much as you use
- Lovecraft’s original works.
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