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HP Lovecraft didn't care for colored folks much
« on: November 13, 2015, 07:40:43 pm »
apparently...

http://www.playboy.com/articles/world-fantasy-lovecraft-butler

This fellow's works have largely escaped my notice over the years.. Obviously he's a pulp-era pioneer.. He's generally regarded as a big deal in horror fiction?  Anyone read his books/novellas?  What contemporary works (prose, tv, film) are assumed to be influenced by him?
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Re: HP Lovecraft didn't care for colored folks much
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2015, 08:08:27 pm »
Did some searching and found this poem he wrote:

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/On_the_Creation_of_Niggers

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Re: HP Lovecraft didn't care for colored folks much
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2016, 04:41:20 pm »
I haven't read any of Lovecraft's works, but I used to read a lot of horror as a teen and I know at least that he's an icon in that field. I'm sure that Stephen King was influenced by him, among others. I didn't learn about his racial views until like a year or so.

Lovecraft's  Chuthulu image is even used today, an example being the main villain on Agents of Shield.


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Re: HP Lovecraft didn't care for colored folks much
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2016, 04:57:27 pm »
The documentary on HP Lovecraft that is on YouTube came to the conclusion that he changed his racist views as he got older.

At The Mountain of Madness is one of his best works but one writer in the docu said that the story can be interpreted as slave owners waking up to find that a rebellion has taken place and their lives are on the line.

The Chuthulu characters like the 'Old Ones' are iconic now. Majorie Liu is using the concept in her current comic book Monstress.
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Re: HP Lovecraft didn't care for colored folks much
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2016, 06:36:06 am »
Thanks for letting us know there's a documentary out there on You Tube. I started watching Stephen King's 11/22/63 yesterday and caught a Lovecraft reference, his name on a chalkboard, so I think King or the show's creators were paying homage to the influence Lovecraft has had on King.

A while ago I did see a book at the bookstore, Lovecraft Country that does intrigue me. However I might check that it out at the library or paperback.

https://www.amazon.com/Lovecraft-Country-Novel-Matt-Ruff/dp/0062292064/ref=sr_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1471440799&sr=1-13&keywords=lovecraft

Here's an opinion piece on Lovecraft's racism.

https://nicolecushing.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/lovecraft-racism-the-man-of-his-time-defense/

I'm not going to lie, I do think some of the creatures Lovecraft have created are cool. I've thought about using his flying polyps in my own fan fiction.