Matt Ruff, the critically acclaimed cult novelist, 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.
Chapter - 1: LOVECRAFT COUNTRY Chapter - 2: DREAMS OF THE WHICH HOUSE Chapter - 3: ABDULLAH'S BOOK Chapter - 4: HIPPOLYTA DISTURBS THE UNIVERSE Chapter - 5: JEKYLL IN HYDE PARK Chapter - 6: THE NARROW HOUSE Chapter - 7: HORACE AND THE DEVIL DOLL Chapter - 8: THE MARK OF CAIN Section - i: EPILOGUE Acknowledgements - ii: ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Matt Ruff was born in 1965 in Queens, New York. He is the author of the award-winning novels Fool on the Hill, Set This House in Order and Bad Monkeys. His novel, Lovecraft Country, was nominated for the World Fantasy Award in 2017 in the novel category and has been greenlit as an HBO series. Matt lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife.
Lovecraft Country takes the unlikeliest of premises and
spins it into a funny, fast, exciting, and affecting read --
Neal Stephenson, author of Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon
At every turn, Ruff has great fun pitting mid-twentieth-century horror and sci-fi cliches against the banal and ever present bigotry of the era * New York Times Book Review *
A brilliantly conceived story brilliantly executed -- Christopher Moore, author of Lamb and A Dirty Job
Lovecraft Country doesn't just race along, it tears, demanding that you keep turning its pages without interruption -- Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother
Smartly subversive pulp horror . . . beautifully structured . . . what shines through is solidarity, conscience and not backing down in the face of wickedness -- Guardian
Great fun. You can see why Lovecraft Country has been optioned by HBO for a TV series . . . None of the book's other-worldly encounters feel as dangerous as those moments when a black character runs afoul of a tired police officer or vicious sheriff -- Telegraph
Ruff 's worldbuilding is a blend of magic, researched realism, and adventure story -- LA Review of Books
Nonstop adventure that includes time-shifting, shape-shifting, and Lovecraft-like horrors . . . Ruff, a cult favorite for his mind-bending fiction, vividly portrays racism as a horror worse than anything conceived by Lovecraft in this provocative, chimerical novel -- Booklist
Genuinely spooky . . . But the real horror is the reality of life for African-Americans in the Jim Crow era . . . sparks the imagination while also igniting the reader's empathy -- Library Journal
The slippery dialogue and suspense-soaked prose make Lovecraft Country - a challenge to one of the most recognizable legacies in science fiction - worth every dime -- Chicago Review of Books
Wonderful from page one . . . Matt Ruff is one of the gentlest, wildest writers of fantastic fiction -- John Crowley, author of Little, Big