Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Turner, an army vet, has to go and save his dad. But he doesn't know why until he gets there. George, his uncle, and Letitia, a long-time friend of the family, join Atticus on his road trip from Chicago to New England. To be honest, he needs help because traveling across America as a solo black guy in the 1950s isn't the easiest thing to do.
Secret Cults, Portals to other Worlds, Ancient Spell-books and body morphing potions are just a few of the things we come across in this amazing homage to H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft Country has a continuing plot but it's more like a collection of short stories and their dealings with a cult called the Order of the Ancient Dawn and the leader of the organization Caleb Braithwaite.
This book is a masterpiece on how to write a tribute to your favorite author. The dedication to H.P. Lovecraft is remarkable because it doesn't hide any of the darker parts of his past. There isn't any way to write a book about a black family in a Lovecraftian world without acknowledging the fact that H.P. himself was unmistakably racist and anti-semitic. The novel tackles racism in a couple of ways; it is a sincere and impartial account of how black Americans were treated in the 50s. During my time reading I kind of forgot that I was reading a sci-fi-horror novel half the time and I was so focused on the sociological aspects. Ruby has a really interesting time with a Jekyll and Hyde-esque potion that makes people see her very differently and I think that is my favorite storyline within the book. The main villain of the piece is Caleb Braithwaite, a super-rich white man from a super-rich white family. He uses Atticus and his family as a means to an end throughout a lot of the novel. Whenever he needs something from them he has a really bad habit of bribery, blackmail or full-on kidnapping.
The only thing that fell flat for me as a huge horror fan was the actual horror. As I said, I would forget that I was even reading horror. That's fine for a lot of the time but let's get real, horror is kind of my thing if you hadn't noticed already. I was left hungry like I'd gone to an amazing restaurant with the tiniest portions, you know the ones. I wasn't left shaking or quivering in my boots and when it makes no difference to the story-line why not give me something meatier.