Will and I share a love of H.P. Lovecraft, racist and misogynistic old [REDACTED] that he was. (If he was still alive, I don’t think I could possibly have spent the money on his works that I have. He was a HORRIBLE human being.) Lovecraft has influenced both of us in terms of D&D (ask Will about the “Corner People” one day), and I think that our mutual love is expressing itself in Tzetzem’Tze’Tzemoze’s laboratory.
I’m not one of those people that refuses to read or watch objectionable material necessarily. I’m a big believer in “Know Thine Enemy,” for one thing. It’s important to know what bad people have to say about people like me, or #Squirrel, or my stepson, when they think we’re not looking. Sometimes, the worst people have something worthwhile to contribute to an art form, and you’re not doing your craftsmanship any favors by avoiding their work.
That said, I AM opposed to enriching objectionable people. If Lovecraft was alive today, I probably wouldn’t own more than one of his books. The first book of his I ever bought has a story wherein there is a black cat named, [REDACTED]-Man, and in this case [REDACTED] is the most notorious racial slur in the history of the English language. That hit me like a ton of bricks. I wouldn’t want him spending money that I gave him on some horrible racist cause. I have my fair share of personal boycotts in place, but they’re personal. If you know that Lovecraft was racist and misogynist, I leave it to you to decide what, if anything, to do about that.
I really don’t want to wax political in this blog, not because such things aren’t interesting to me, but because politics can be SO divisive, especially on the Internet. I don’t want you guys turning on each other, and I definitely don’t want you turning on US! I do find matters of race and gender and sexual orientation important, especially in the context of media, so I’ll point things out here from time to time; hence my mini-review of Ant-Man. That said, I want to try to keep such stuff to a relative minimum here. (Hence me talking about it interminably right now. >sigh<)
Horrible old bastard that he was, Lovecraft’s horror was BAD ASS. His work has inspired me since the first time I read it, and I imagine that it always will. The next few weeks of the comic will bear that out.
Any Lovecraft fans in the house? What’s your favorite? Mine is The Dunwich Horror.