Lovecraft Country

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Lovecraft Country


A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice for Satire

2017 World Fantasy Award Finalist for Best Novel

A Seattle Times Best Book of 2016

A February 2016 Gizmodo Pick

Critically acclaimed cult novelist Matt Ruff makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

Chicago, 1954. When his father, Montrose, goes missing, twenty-two-year-old army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his uncle George—publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend, Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’ ancestors—they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.

At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn—led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb—which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his clan’s destruction.

A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of two black families, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism—the terrifying specter that continues to haunt us today.

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Kevin Kenerly gives a strong voice to two extended black families who are victimized by racism…Kenerly gives a nuanced performance, smoothly shifting between characters such as the naïve teen comic-book artist Horace to the jaded Montrose. Thanks to Kenerly, this production is a chilling examination of racism, both overt and subtle.” AudioFile

“A brilliantly conceived story brilliantly executed.” Christopher Moore, New York Timesbestselling author

“[Pits] mid-twentieth-­century horror and sci-fi clichés against the banal and ever-present bigotry of the era. And at every turn, it is the bigotry that hums with the greater evil.” New York Times Book Review

“Bound to appeal to any reader who wants to delve into the strangeness of our land’s racial legacy.” Seattle Times

“Ruff shows with great cleverness how it’s possible for a group of victims to appropriate the very methods used to victimize them, master those methods, and bend them to serve their own purposes.” Locus

“Once Ruff took me there, I would’ve followed him anywhere in Lovecraft Country.” Seattle Review of Books

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