HBO’s newest series, Lovecraft Country, based on the novel by Matt Ruff, debuts in August. Try out these books and graphic novels for a Cthulu fix while you wait.
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
In 1954, young Army vet Atticus Turner leaves Chicago to find his missing father. Driving in the south is dangerous for a black man in Jim Crowe America, and he encounters human and supernatural terrors at the estate of a descendant of slave owners. It’s unclear what’s worse: the monsters with tentacles, or the monsters with burning crosses.
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The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin.
Every great city has a soul. Some are ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York? She’s got six. And all six must find each other and fight a hulking force of Lovecraftian destruction in this urban fantasy.
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The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table and keep the roof over his father’s head. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.
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Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys
Two decades ago the U.S. Government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to a desert prison, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god, Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps. Now it’s 1949, and the government that stole Aphra’s life needs her help to stop spies who have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could hasten the end of the human race. Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather the scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkest of human politics and the wildest dangers of an uncaring universe. First in a series.
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Providence by Alan Moore
Journalist Robert Black trails the story of a killer book, one that drives its readers mad. Act 1 is the first in a series of stops as Black spirals slowly into hell by way of H.P. Lovecraft.
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