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Monstrous racism and inequality

Lovecraft Country follows a trio who travel to Massachusetts, where being black puts one in grave danger, while The Nest slips in sneaky observations about class and power dynamics

The American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was famously a raging racist, his books, fictional monsters and private writings all displaying a thinly veiled disgust towards people of colour.

A few Lovecraftian monsters pop up in the new supernatural series, Lovecraft Country, a term used to refer to the New England setting of many of his stories. But the point of the show is that the real monster is racism.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2020, with the headline 'Monstrous racism and inequality'. Subscribe