Jordan Peele’s Lovecraft Country Leans into Controversy

HBO’s new, highly anticipated series Lovecraft Country is making plenty of waves that hark back over a century to one of horror’s genres most influential and controversial figures. H.P. Lovecraft wrote some of the most copied horror fiction of all time during his heyday in the early 20th century. In fact, almost every modern horror film and novel writer takes something from Lovecraft stories. He is in every sense the William Shakespeare of horror.

But Lovecraft was also a proponent of racist ideologies and was a big fan of Adolf Hitler. In the midst of a contemporary reckoning over the author’s legacy of great works and xenophobic attitude, author Matt Ruff released his novel Lovecraft Country in 2016, which includes themes from the iconic author’s work, while also wrestling with the tragic effects of the racism Lovecraft publicly supported.

Based on Ruff ‘s hit novel of the same name, HBO’s Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he meets up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a H.P. Lovecraft paperback.

Lovecraft Country is executive produced by an all star team of Hollywood movers and shakers, including Peele, Misha Green, who also serves as showrunner, J.J. Abrams, Bill Carraro, Yann Demange, Daniel Sackheim and David Knoller.

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