It’s OK to admit that H.P. Lovecraft was racist. The World Fantasy Awards, presented at the World Fantasy Convention every fall, have been around for almost 40 years.
The trophy for such categories as Novel, Short Fiction and Anthology is a caricatured bust of H.P. Lovecraft, author of such classics of weird fiction as “At the Mountains of Madness” and “The Call of Cthulhu.” Lovecraft is a beloved figure in pop culture, and an influence on everyone from the Argentinian metafictionist Jorge Luis Borges to the film director Guillermo del Toro, as well as untold numbers of rock bands and game designers. But not everyone who wins a “Howard” likes the idea of keeping Lovecraft’s face around the house. Nnedi Okorafor, who won the WFA for best novel in 2011 (“Who Fears Death”), wrote a blog post about her discomfort with the trophy after a friend showed her a racist poem that Lovecraft wrote in 1912.
Perhaps the most egregious response to the WFA petition has come from the prominent scholar and Lovecraft biographer S.T. H. P. Lovecraft And His Legacy: Letters from Sonia Surface. Texts are by auction house.
"'The Horror of Red Hook', alone, indicates his violent hatred not only for Jews but for all foreigners. " [H. P. Lovecraft] Vast Archive of Letters from Lovecraft's Ex-Wife, Sonia to Samuel Loveman of "The Lovecraft Circle. " The archive presented here is composed of the following manuscript material, all from Sonia Lovecraft Davis, nee Greene, to Samuel Loveman (unless otherwise noted) dated between 1947 and 1968: Autograph Letter Signed "S", with envelope, two pages, September 14, 1947, Hotel Chicagoan stationery, ink. Typed Letter Signed "Sonia", two pages, October 26, 1947, plain paper. Lovecraft’s racism & The World Fantasy Award statuette, with comments from China Miéville.
On Sunday, a friend of mine wanted to see my World Fantasy Award statuette.
When he saw it, he was taken aback. He looked like he’d seen an ugly ghost. “That’s a bust of LOVECRAFT!” He said. “Yeah, so?” Then he showed me a nice little poem that Mr. By H. What a nasty piece of poetry. Anyway, a statuette of this racist man’s head is in my home. The first thing I did was consult the hive mind on facebook. “Yes, indeed, the depth and viciousness of Lovecraft’s racism is known to me …It goes further, in my opinion, than ‘merely’ *being* a racist - I follow Michel Houellebecq (in this and in no other arena!) It’s not as if I haven’t encountered this issue before. I recently consumed and adored Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece The Executioner’s Song only to then learn that Mailer was a raging and violent sexist and homophobe. Lovecraft Apologists and the World Fantasy Award. Uncategorized About three years ago, World Fantasy Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor wrote an essay about Lovecraft’s Racism and the World Fantasy Award Statuette.
Earlier this year, author and editor Daniel José Older started a petition to change the World Fantasy Award trophy to Octavia Butler. There’s been plenty of other discussion, but those are two of the pieces that stood out to me, and seemed to generate a lot of awareness and debate. There is now a counter-petition to keep Lovecraft and fight back against the forces of the Social Justice League, or something like that. I’m not sure we should make Octavia Butler the new WFA statuette, in part because I’m not sure any specific individual is the best image for an award meant to represent the world of fantasy.
World Fantasy Award To Abandon Lovecraft Bust. World Fantasy Award David Hartwell announced at the World Fantasy Award ceremony on November 8 that this will be the last year that the award trophy will be in the form of the traditional — and controversial — H.P.
Lovecraft bust designed by Gahan Wilson. Last year Daniel Jose Older collected over 2,500 signatures on a petition calling for the replacement of “avowed racist and a terrible wordsmith” H.P. World Fantasy awards pressed to drop HP Lovecraft trophy in racism row. The board of the World Fantasy awards has said that it is “in discussion” about its winners’ statuette, modelled on the late HP Lovecraft, after calls for the trophy to be changed due to Lovecraft’s “fundamental racism”.
Over the past four decades, the prestigious fantasy prize has been won by writers including Michael Moorcock, Gene Wolfe and Haruki Murakami. Eutopia: horror novel about Lovecraftian racism. You may recall David Nickle's essay about the inseparable nature of HP Lovecraft's support for eugenics and his horror.
It made an excellent intellectual argument, but that's nothing to the emotional punch of the novel inspired by the subject, 2011's Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism. Doctor Andrew Waggoner -- a Paris-educated Black American doctor -- is hospitalized by Klansman in the utopian settlement of Eliada, Idaho, where he soon encounters Jason Thistledown, the sole survivor of a plague that wiped out the town of Cracked Wheel, Montana. The two of them become unlikely allies in uncovering the mystery of "Mr Juke," a strange creature housed in the hospital's enormous quarantine. Mr Juke is a monster, of an ancient race of parasites whose offspring incubate in the wombs of human women, and who are able to inspire religious ecstasy in the people who serve them. Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism [David Nickle/Chizine] -Cory Doctorow.