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Lovecraft in the 21st Century
Dead, But Still Dreaming

ISBN 9780367713041
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
330 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Lovecraft in the 21st Century assembles reflections from a wide range of perspectives on the significance of Lovecraft’s influence in contemporary times. Building on a focus centered on the Anthropocene, adaptation, and visual media, the chapters in this collection focus on the following topics:

  • Adaptation of Lovecraft’s legacy in theater, television, film, graphic narratives, video games and game artwork
  • The connection between the writer’s legacy and his life
  • Reading Lovecraft in light of contemporary criticism about capitalism, the posthuman, and the Anthropocene
  • How contemporary authors have worked through the implicit racial and sexual politics in Lovecraft’s fiction
  • Reading Lovecraft’s fiction in light of contemporary approaches to gender and sexuality

Table of Contents


    Antonio Alcala Gonzalez and Carl H. Sederholm

  1. Lovecraft and the Stage: A Recent (Re)Discovery
  2. Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

  3. Lovecraftian Landscapes and Cosmic Horror in HBO’s True Detective (2014)
  4. Elisabete Lopes

  5. An Uncanny Absence: Lovecraft in Brazilian cinema, 1975-2016
  6. Lúcio Reis Filho and Sheila Schvarzman

  7. The Masks of E’ch-Pi-El: Interpreting the Life and Work of H. P. Lovecraft
  8. John Glover

  9. "It’s like a maze you can’t see": Comics Cryptomimesis of Lovecraft and the Lovecraftian in Alan Moore’s Neonomicon (2004-2005) and Providence (2015-2017)
  10. Stuart L. Lindsay

  11. Man or Cartoon: H.P. Lovecraft as a Comics Character
  12. Tom Shapira

  13. Drawing the Unknowable - Lovecraft’s Cosmic Horror in Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone
  14. Suzanne Albary and Richard Albary

  15. Nuclear Inhumanities: H. P. Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space" and the Dread of Contamination
  16. Ian Fetters

  17. An Eldritch Crisis: Capitalist Paradigms in the Cthulhu Mythos
  18. Daniel Doncel

  19. Lovecraft’s Viral Networks: A Contaminated Ethics for the Chthulucene
  20. Natasha Rebry Coulthard

  21. "It Was the Vegetation": Ecophobia and Monstrous Wilderness in the Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft
  22. Fredrik Blanc

  23. Nautical Horror and the Anthropocene: Lovecraftian Monsters in William Eubank’s Underwater
  24. Antonio Alcala Gonzalez

  25. Racial (in)visibility, cosmic indifference: Reimagining H. P. Lovecraft’s legacy in Victor LaValle’s The Ballad of Black Tom (2016)
  26. Kathleen Hudson

  27. Finding "Something and Not Nothing:" Women of Color Repurposing Lovecraft in the Posthuman 21st Century
  28. Loren Barbour

  29. The Crawling Chaos: H. P. Lovecraft, Closed Gothic Spaces and "Dungeon Crawler" Videogames
  30. Kevin Corstorphine and Matt Crofts

  31. Dreaming in Layers: Lovecraftian Storyworlds in Interactive Media
  32. Eoin Murray

  33. "Bringing … Uncertain Geographies Under … Control"? Exploring the Lovecraftian ‘Walking Simulator’
  34. David Simmons

  35. Queering Cthulhu: Reclaiming Lovecraft’s Monstrous Others
  36. Nowell Marshall

  37. Weird Bedfellows: H. P. Lovecraft, M/M Romance, and the New Queer Families of Jordan L. Hawk’s Whyborne & Griffin Series
  38. Brian Johnson

  39. Lovecraft, Hauntology, and the Rhetoric of Unthinkability
  40. Michael Cerliano

  41. Falling into the Void: "Nyarlathotep"

Carl H. Sederholm

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Antonio Alcala Gonzalez is founder of the International Gothic Literature Congress and chair of the Humanities Department at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico City. 

Carl H. Sederholm is professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities at Brigham Young University and chair of the Department of Comparative Arts and Letters.