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

chapter |11 pages


ByAntonio Alcala Gonzalez, Carl H. Sederholm

chapter 1|15 pages

Lovecraft and the Stage

A Recent (Re)Discovery
ByKevin J. Wetmore

chapter 3|14 pages

An Uncanny Absence

Lovecraft in Brazilian Cinema, 1975–2016
ByLúcio Reis Filho, Sheila Schvarzman

chapter 4|14 pages

The Masks of E'ch-Pi-El

Interpreting the Life and Work of H.P. Lovecraft
ByJohn Glover

chapter 5|19 pages

“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)
ByStuart L. Lindsay

chapter 6|13 pages

Man or Cartoon

H.P. Lovecraft as a Comics Character
ByTom Shapira

chapter 7|15 pages

Drawing the Unknowable—Lovecraft's Cosmic Horror in Magic

The Gathering and Hearthstone
BySuzanne Albary, Richard Albary

chapter 8|14 pages

Nuclear Inhumanities

H.P. Lovecraft's “The Colour Out of Space” and the Dread of Contamination
ByIan Fetters

chapter 9|11 pages

An Eldritch Crisis

Capitalist Paradigms in the Cthulhu Mythos
ByDaniel Doncel

chapter 10|15 pages

Lovecraft's Viral Networks

A Contaminated Ethics for the Chthulucene
ByNatasha Rebry Coulthard

chapter 11|14 pages

“It Was the Vegetation”

Ecophobia and Monstrous Wilderness in the Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft
ByFredrik Blanc

chapter 12|14 pages

Nautical Horror and the Anthropocene

Lovecraftian Monsters in William Eubank's Underwater
ByAntonio Alcala Gonzalez

chapter 13|15 pages

Racial (In)Visibility, Cosmic Indifference

Reimagining H.P. Lovecraft's Legacy in Victor LaValle's The Ballad of Black Tom (2016)
ByKathleen Hudson

chapter 14|12 pages

Finding “Something and Not Nothing”

Women of Color Repurposing Lovecraft in the Posthuman 21st Century
ByLoren Barbour

chapter 15|14 pages

The Crawling Chaos

H.P. Lovecraft, Closed Gothic Spaces and “Dungeon Crawler” Videogames
ByKevin Corstorphine, Matthew Crofts

chapter 16|14 pages

Dreaming in Layers

Lovecraftian Storyworlds in Interactive Media
ByEoin Murray

chapter 17|12 pages

“Bringing … Uncertain Geographies Under … Control”?

Exploring the Lovecraftian ‘Walking Simulator’
ByDavid Simmons

chapter 18|15 pages

Queering Cthulhu

Reclaiming Lovecraft's Monstrous Others
ByNowell Marshall

chapter 19|16 pages

Weird Bedfellows

H. P. Lovecraft, m/m Romance, and the New Queer Families of Jordan L. Hawk's Whyborne & Griffin Series 1
ByBrian Johnson

chapter 20|11 pages

Lovecraft, Hauntology, and the Rhetoric of Unthinkability

ByMichael Cerliano

chapter 21|13 pages

Falling into the Void

ByCarl H. Sederholm