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The World Fantasy Awards, presented at the World Fantasy Convention every fall, have been around for almost 40 years. The trophy for such categories as Novel, Short Fiction and Anthology is a caricatured bust of H.P. Lovecraft, author of such classics of weird fiction as “At the Mountains of Madness” and “The Call of Cthulhu.” Lovecraft is a beloved figure in pop culture, and an influence on everyone from the Argentinian metafictionist Jorge Luis Borges to the film director Guillermo del Toro, as well as untold numbers of rock bands and game designers. . . .


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Sep. 12th, 2014 06:06 am (UTC)
More social justice warriors and pink scifi people moving to change the things that they can't tolerate.

And octavia butler? Why? Because they Octavia is a black woman? To be honest, Octavia wasn't a great writer, no where good enough (and definitely not famous enough) to be the face of an award.
Sep. 13th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
I know. These critics have a great big nasty case of sour grapes, that's all. Lovecraft is the Homer of the Dreamlands and the shadowlands, and none of these little turds can touch him, let alone transcend him, which they all wish to do. And look at China Mieville, carping about Lovecraft's racism, when Mieville is infamous for his own bigotry! Lovecraft is a giant of literature. These critics are little tiny ant-men, stumbling around Lovecraft's feet, wondering what it is that casts such shade on them and whether those two pillars are trees or what. They'll never fill his shoes, for they want a precious, neatly sorted-out world that does just what they want, and they write the same way. Lovecraft dared to explore the scariest parts of the human mind and soul, and came back to tell us what he discovered. Only those who have been as great as he was should dare to criticize him.
Sep. 12th, 2014 07:04 am (UTC)
Who will remember Nnedi Okorafor three-quarters of a century after her death? She is a pygmy, carping at a giant.
Sep. 13th, 2014 12:49 am (UTC)
Indeed she is. Then there's Mieville China, dissing Lovecraft for his racism -- China is one of the biggest bigots going, especially against Jews, so where the hell does he come off. I think mostly what these would-be critics of a great man and great writer have going is a good, nasty case of sour grapes.
Sep. 12th, 2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
They're going to be as successful taking down Lovecraft as they were Shakespeare. Both are too deeply embedded in the culture to be removed, especially by this bunch of lightweights and posers.
Sep. 13th, 2014 12:10 am (UTC)
Yep. They are LOUD, but ultimtely ineffective. I also noticed that they dissed Poe in the article. It sounds more like sour grapes than acurate analydid of the work of any of the three men. And what is China Mieville doing there, anyway? He's a class-A bigot himself! They sound like a bunch of high-school juniors still trying to impress the Big Kids and not succeeding worth a damn.
Sep. 14th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
Pretty much.
Sep. 14th, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
And I'll bet by now they've received a flood of criticism of their position and are too busy trying to keep their heads above floodwater to worry about continuing to pursue their criticism of Lovecraft. :-)
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