by Matt Ruff on March 12, 2019


Proof-of-life news post

by Matt Ruff on March 7, 2019

Sorry things have been so quiet on the blog lately. I’m not dead, just finishing up a new novel. More details on that soon. In the meantime:

* The Taiwanese edition of Lovecraft Country was published in January by Cité Publishing Group.

* Ediciones Destino is publishing their Spanish edition of Lovecraft Country on March 12.

* The French edition of Lovecraft Country drops March 28 from Presses de la Cité.

* The UK paperback edition of Lovecraft Country will be out May 30 from Picador.

* Next month, I will be coming to New York City for a special event hosted by the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. I’ll be appearing on stage with Victor LaValle at the Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Ave., Brooklyn) for a town hall-style discussion entitled “The Shadow Over Lovecraft: Interrogating H.P. Lovecraft’s Racism.” The event is on Tuesday, April 16, from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door.

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Deadline Hollywood reports that Michael Kenneth Williams has been cast as Montrose in the upcoming HBO adaptation of Lovecraft Country.

This is amazing news, and also very surreal for me: Back before the book was even optioned, when I would play the “Who would you cast as X?” game, Williams as Montrose was always one of my first picks, though I never in a million years believed it might actually happen. In short, Wow!

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I’m 53 today

by Matt Ruff on September 8, 2018

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Three new Lovecraft Country cast announcements

by Matt Ruff on June 20, 2018

Yesterday HBO revealed three more casting choices for the Lovecraft Country series:

Courtney B. Vance, who I first saw in The Hunt for Red October half a lifetime ago, will play Atticus’s uncle George.

Aunjanue Ellis (Of Mind and Music) will play Hippolyta.

Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager, Widows) will play Christina Braithwhite, “the only daughter of Samuel Braithwhite.”

They join Jonathan Majors (Atticus), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Letitia), and Wunmi Mosaku (Ruby).

Meanwhile, series showrunner Misha Green tweets that she and director Yann Demange are location scouting in Chicago. So this is really happening. I still can’t quite believe it.

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Lovecraft Country now available in Russian

by Matt Ruff on June 1, 2018

The publisher is Eksmo, who also did the Russian translation of Sewer, Gas & Electric.

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Lovecraft Country out today in Germany

by Matt Ruff on May 14, 2018

The German edition of Lovecraft Country should (finally!) be in bookstores today.

The translation is by my old friend Anna Leube, the editor responsible for bringing Fool on the Hill (and me) to Germany many years ago, and Wolf Heinrich Leube. The cover is by Peter-Andreas Hassiepen.

Currently there are no plans for me to come to Germany on book tour. If this changes, I will post about it here and on my appearances page. (You can read about my last visit to Germany here.)

The UK and Czech editions of Lovecraft Country are also available now, and Brazilian, French, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Taiwanese editions are forthcoming.


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Lovecraft Country: Meet Atticus & Ruby

by Matt Ruff on May 3, 2018

HBO has announced two more casting decisions for the Lovecraft Country series: Jonathan Majors will play the lead role of Atticus, and Wunmi Mosaku will play Ruby Dandridge. This follows last week’s announcement that Jurnee Smollett-Bell will play Letitia.

And a quick reminder, Seattle Crypticon starts tomorrow. I’ll be on the “Adaptations: Books vs. Movies” panel with Bob Foster, Will Errickson, and T.J. Tranchell tomorrow night at 6 PM. You can find the rest of my con schedule here.

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At Seattle Crypticon this weekend

by Matt Ruff on May 1, 2018

I will be a guest at the Seattle Crypticon this weekend, May 4-6. My con schedule is as follows:

* Friday, May 4, 6 PM — Adaptions: Books vs. Movies (panel with Bob Foster, Will Errickson, and T.J. Tranchell)

* Saturday, May 5, 3 PM — Decade of Fear: A Discussion of Every Slasher Movie from 1980-1989 (panel with Jeff Dean, Willy Greer, Tori Bracken, Jason Weiss, and Amy Simon)

* Sunday, May 6, 11 AM — Lovecraft Adaptations (panel with K.L. Young and Bob Foster)

* Sunday, 1 PM — Writers Room: Using Real World Things in Fictional Works (panel with Cat Rambo, Lisa Gold, Julie McGalliard, and John Lovett)

* Sunday, 3 PM — Matt Ruff reading, interview, and book signing (with interviewer Abie Ekenezar)

FYI, if you can’t make it to the Sunday reading, I’m happy to sign books at any of my other panels as well.

Hope to see some of you there!

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Seattle Crypticon & Lovecraft Country news

by Matt Ruff on April 27, 2018

Hi, I’m still alive. I’ve been working on a new novel and making good progress, hence the lack of recent blog posts. I will be coming up for air shortly: Seattle Crypticon is next week, and I’ll be appearing on a number of panels and doing a reading there (here’s my con schedule).

Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Down in Hollywood, the production of HBO’s Lovecraft Country series is starting to come together. Yesterday the first major casting decision was announced: Jurnee Smollett-Bell will play the role of Letitia Dandridge. Ms. Smollett-Bell previously starred as Rosalee in showrunner Misha Green’s series Underground, which is currently streaming on Hulu.

Yann Demange has been hired as well, to direct the pilot episode. (His 2008 series Dead Set, in which the cast and crew of the British Big Brother show get caught up in a zombie apocalypse, can be found streaming on Netflix.)

On the literary front, the Czech translation of Lovecraft Country has been published, and the German translation drops next month.

So, lots of good news. I’m trying not to dwell on it too much, because jumping up and down makes it hard to type, but I’m very excited.

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