Review: Lovecraft Country (HBO)

I watched episode one of the HBO series “Lovecraft Country,” the story adaptation from the novel by Matt Ruff. It takes place in the 1950s, and the main character is Atticus Freeman, who goes on a quest to find his missing father. Atticus, along with his uncle George Freeman and childhood friend Letitia (Leti) Lewis goes on a trip to Ardham (Arkham), Massachusetts. The team deals with racism by day and monsters at night.

While this is just one episode, I was captivated by the characters and the dark secrets they seem to hold. H.P. Lovecraft’s influence inside and outside shapes the narrative. The exploration of places unseen along dangerous routes. The problems of that era are recognizable today. Monsters are everywhere; some are more obvious than others.

“Ex-Confederate? What’s that, like an ex-Nazi? The man fought for slavery! You don’t get to put an ‘ex-‘ in front of that!”

Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country

I enjoyed the episode, and I am looking forward to watching the series’ progression.

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