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