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 Post subject: Lovecraft Country?
PostPosted: July 28th, 2019, 6:13 am 
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Anyone know anything about this?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovecraft ... (TV_series)

That it has the actor from Hap and Leonard (based on a Joe Lansdale series) gives me high hopes.

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 Post subject: Re: Lovecraft Country?
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The book (by Matt Ruff) was awesome. It’s an exploration of mid-20th century race relations and the “green book” travel guide set against the Lovecraft mythos - interesting because Lovecraft himself was a well known racist. It was a great read, and I’m looking forward to the adaptation.

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 Post subject: Re: Lovecraft Country?
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Read a book some years ago with Lovecraft's death or deaths in this case as a major plot device.
The book is "The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril".
It has elements from many pulp fiction horror and adventure series. A great fun read. Surprised it hasn't been filmed yet.

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The title reminds me of a 40's detective film staring Boris Karloff.


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 Post subject: Re: Lovecraft Country?
PostPosted: December 2nd, 2019, 5:41 am 
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Zeiram wrote:
Lovecraft himself was a well known racist.


Apparently his racism mellowed out with age and his marriage to a Jewish woman.
Lovecraft was more a Xenophobe than anything else. Color wasn't a deciding factor. All immigrants were "the Other" in his mind.
Lovecraft as an atheist also fell into the mindset of Sir Richard burton and others who embraced Darwin in a loose manner to bolster their own prejudices. Darwin once said that man would evolve till "the lesser races" died out. He claimed later that he was misunderstood but the damage was done.
Pre WW2 America embraced a lot of pseudo science, Euthanasia and sterilization of what were considered inferiors was all the rage among the elitist. That included immigrants from Europe as well as Blacks.


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 Post subject: Re: Lovecraft Country?
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temperflash wrote:
Zeiram wrote:
Lovecraft himself was a well known racist.


Apparently his racism mellowed out with age and his marriage to a Jewish woman.
Lovecraft was more a Xenophobe than anything else. Color wasn't a deciding factor. All immigrants were "the Other" in his mind.
Lovecraft as an atheist also fell into the mindset of Sir Richard burton and others who embraced Darwin in a loose manner to bolster their own prejudices. Darwin once said that man would evolve till "the lesser races" died out. He claimed later that he was misunderstood but the damage was done.
Pre WW2 America embraced a lot of pseudo science, Euthanasia and sterilization of what were considered inferiors was all the rage among the elitist. That included immigrants from Europe as well as Blacks.

Please don't, i love me some lovecraft horror but the man was not just racist he was virulently racist and throw in fascist to boot. In his 1912 poem entitled “On the Creation of Niggers,” the gods, having just designed Man and Beast, create blacks in semi-human form to populate the space in between. He said after Hitler became chancellor of Germany. “I know he’s a clown but god I like the boy.

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 Post subject: Re: Lovecraft Country?
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"“On the Creation of Niggers,” the gods, "
Gods that he never believed existed at all. Like I said his attitude towards "the other" was based on the elitist pseudo science promoted by the Anthropological Societies of his time going back to Darwin's own public statements.
The Mountains of Madness makes it plain that he saw the entire human race as merely an experiment by superior beings.
As for Hitler he was far more popular with intellectuals of the 30's than we of today can comprehend, since we have the advantage of being able to look back on just what came of his "immature" scheming, something people in the pre WW2 world did not foresee.
If Lovecraft were a NAZI would he have married a Jewish woman?
Like I said his racism mellowed with age. Never said he abandoned it completely.
Its not , and unlikely to ever be, the B&W issue people of today would like for it to be.


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"“On the Creation of Niggers,” the gods, "
Gods that he never believed existed at all. Like I said his attitude towards "the other" was based on the elitist pseudo science promoted by the Anthropological Societies of his time going back to Darwin's own public statements.
The Mountains of Madness makes it plain that he saw the entire human race as merely an experiment by superior beings.
As for Hitler he was far more popular with intellectuals of the 30's than we of today can comprehend, since we have the advantage of being able to look back on just what came of his "immature" scheming, something people in the pre WW2 world did not foresee.
If Lovecraft were a NAZI would he have married a Jewish woman?
Like I said his racism mellowed with age. Never said he abandoned it completely.
Its not , and unlikely to ever be, the B&W issue people of today would like for it to be.

I just do not have the patience anymore to deal with this kind of apologist sophistry. The man was a racist antisemitic d*ckhead, talented but still a d*ckhead. And you do no one any favors by trying to lessen that fact.

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 Post subject: Re: Lovecraft Country?
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 Post subject: Re: Lovecraft Country?
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Well lets start a list
HP Lovecraft
Robert Heinlein
Robert E Howard
Edgar Rice Burroughs

You can add almost every author of pre 1970 to the list.

Really don't see how anyone could consider this a debate. It's just a recitation of facts.


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 Post subject: Re: Lovecraft Country?
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Episode 3 was tonight.

I wasn't sure after the first episode - the (fictional yet uncomfortably believable) portrayal of the racism in the Jim Crow 50's made me feel extremely uneasy - but that was likely the idea.

I'm glad I stuck with it though . . . episodes 2 & 3 were much more watchable and this has now become a "must see" series for me.

Production values & acting are out of this world (pun slightly intended).

Highly recommended to anyone who likes sci-fi and/or horror.


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 Post subject: Re: Lovecraft Country?
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Episode 3 was tonight.

I wasn't sure after the first episode - the (fictional yet uncomfortably believable) portrayal of the racism in the Jim Crow 50's made me feel extremely uneasy - but that was likely the idea.

I'm glad I stuck with it though . . . episodes 2 & 3 were much more watchable and this has now become a "must see" series for me.

Production values & acting are out of this world (pun slightly intended).

Highly recommended to anyone who likes sci-fi and/or horror.


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Glad you stuck with it, i'm really loving it so far.

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S01E04 - "A History of Violence"


Just like the previous 3 episodes in that it is WONDERFUL escapism (pun TOTALLY intended), and premier quality acting, cinematography etc.

Totally unlike the previous 3 episodes in that every episode has taken a leap into new territory (pun POSSIBLY intended).

A wee bit of "Indiana Jones meets the Relic" - but in Boston.

SOOOOOOOOOO glad I forced myself to keep watching after the first episode. Totally hooked.


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 Post subject: Re: Lovecraft Country?
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S01E04 - "A History of Violence"


Just like the previous 3 episodes in that it is WONDERFUL escapism (pun TOTALLY intended), and premier quality acting, cinematography etc.

Totally unlike the previous 3 episodes in that every episode has taken a leap into new territory (pun POSSIBLY intended).

A wee bit of "Indiana Jones meets the Relic" - but in Boston.

SOOOOOOOOOO glad I forced myself to keep watching after the first episode. Totally hooked.


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Agreed very cool episode. Not related but check this out. viewtopic.php?f=13&t=122624

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S01E05 - "Strange Case"


And yet another variation on the theme.

I question the historical accuracy & likelihood of a black drag club/bar being able to exist back in the mid-1950's, but maybe I'm not as informed as I thought I was.

Although . . . given the OTT-ness of the rest of the content . . . why the heck was it THAT that I questioned :shock: :? Image :lol:

Very clever (and shocking) episode - that final transformation (pun once again TOTALLY intended) REALLY caught me by surprise! =D> =D> =D>

Sing it with me - "I've got yooooouuuuuuuuuu - under my skin . . . " :wink:



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Over the f***ing top and awesome. And Ian those kind of establishments have always been around.

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Haven't watched this yet... is it on a cable network, or TNT or CW-type channel?


(btw, love how some like to attach 2020 morality on past figures... cracks me up!)

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Haven't watched this yet... is it on a cable network, or TNT or CW-type channel? . . .


CRAVE in Canada, HBO in the States.

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(btw, love how some like to attach 2020 morality on past figures... cracks me up!)


I think that's called "presentism" (I have trouble keeping track of the latest so-called isms & ists). Since this is set in the past - no "presentism" included.

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Haven't watched this yet... is it on a cable network, or TNT or CW-type channel?


(btw, love how some like to attach 2020 morality on past figures... cracks me up!)

I do not know if that was in reference to my post but if it was i was not trying to ( attach 2020 morality on past figures) My argument is with trying to whitewash the past with statements like oh he wasn't that racist when the person in question was a complete and total racist.

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(btw, love how some like to attach 2020 morality on past figures... cracks me up!)

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the person in question was a complete and total racist.


again, says someone in 2020... but maybe in his time, he wasn't as racists as other people.
Who knows...in his time, he shows up about a 2 on the 1-10 scale! :)

Will check out HBO and see if I can catch it on demand.

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