Lovecraft Country

Matt Ruff

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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

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 Atticus’s great grandmother—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—and the whole Turner clan’s—destruction.

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

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Moods

adventurous 83%
dark 83%
mysterious 66%
tense 33%
challenging 16%
emotional 16%
funny 16%

Pace

medium 83%
fast 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 50% | No: 25% | It's complicated: 25%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 25% | No: 25%

Average rating

4.16