Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.182: Marblehead

Richard Lupoff's Lovecraft's Book, punlished in 1985 by Arkham House, was an early attempt to openly address Lovecraft's racism Via a piece of historical fiction. Marblehead - now available in multiple formats, including Kindle and epub - presents Lovecraft's Book in its intended form (nearly half of the text was excised in the Arkham House publication, and is included in this complete  edition). In effect, this posits Lovecraft's involvement in supporting Nazi interests in North America by producing a kind of Amercan version of Mein Kampf. Rightly so, the book tends to focus on the ugly side of Lovecraft's character, and as such is a powerful indictment of his racism. Also worth checking out is Lupoff's fantastic novella 'The Dicovery of the Ghooric Zone', which would not only have Lovecraft spinning in his grave with its depiction of future (post-) human sexuality (the story begins in media res with a multi-ethnic polysexual cyborg orgy), but also offers further reflections on the insidiousness of his racism.

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