Atticus, aka “Tic,” strolling the previous acquainted streets. [credit:
A Black household in 1950s Chicago struggles to reclaim their misplaced ancestral legacy whereas fending off monsters and magic spells in HBO’s Lovecraft Nation, primarily based on the 2016 darkish fantasy/horror novel of the identical title by Matt Ruff. Just like the novel that impressed it, the collection’ pointed juxtaposition of supernatural Lovecraftian horrors towards extra mundane, however equally horrifying racial inequalities of that period is very well timed in a 12 months that has seen widespread civil rights protests towards the brutal killings of Black males (and girls) by cops. And social relevance apart, it additionally works as pure leisure.
(Some spoilers beneath, however no main reveals.)
Set within the Jim Crow period of the 1950s, Ruff’s e book is structured as a collection of brief tales, though the whole lot is inter-related. The primary quarter of the e book focuses on Atticus, a black Korean conflict veteran and large H.P. Lovecraft fan, regardless of the creator’s infamous racism. When his estranged father disappears after encountering a well-dressed white man driving a silver Cadillac, leaving a cryptic message, Atticus units out on a street journey from Chicago’s South Aspect to rural Massachusetts. He is accompanied by his Uncle George—writer of The Protected Negro Journey Information—and his childhood pal Letitia (aka Leti).Learn 12 remaining paragraphs | Feedback