1st Edition

Lovecraft in the 21st Century Dead, But Still Dreaming

Edited By Antonio Alcala Gonzalez, Carl H. Sederholm Copyright 2022
    330 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    330 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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


      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


    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.