Lovecraft Country is a 2016 novel by Matt Ruff. It tells the story of Atticus Turner, a twenty-two-year-old man who goes searching for his missing father. Along for the ride are his uncle George and his friend Letitia. They set out on a road trip through 1950s Jim Crow America and encounter both racial and otherworldly terrors along the way. The horror elements are inspired by the cosmic monsters of author H.P. Lovecraft.
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So, this premise already seems like a slam dunk. The setup is unique and the book apparently interweaves a number of short stories that all connect together in some way. HBO announced that they are turning the book into an anthology horror series. Already, this should be exciting. HBO brought us Tales from the Crypt, quite possibly the best anthology horror series ever made. They know how to give the genre its proper due.
But, to add a big cherry on top of this delicious sundae, they also announced that Jordan Peele will be an executive producer on the show. Pinch me because this has to be a dream. Peele is coming off of Get Out, one of the most successful horror films of all time. Any project he attaches himself to – especially anything horror-related – should be worth keeping an eye on. His involvement with Lovecraft Country turns an already awesome project into my most anticipated upcoming TV show.
And in case all of that doesn’t have you stoked, J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot production company is also on board. Bad Robot is known for putting out high-quality productions like Fringe, Lost, Westworld, and the needs-to-be-here-right-now Castle Rock. If nothing else, their involvement means the show will look like dynamite.
Lovecraft Country doesn’t have a timeline for release yet, but you can bet your sweet bippy we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open on this one. It can’t get here any sooner.