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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Lovecraftova Země

by Matt Ruff on January 30, 2018

In today’s email, here’s the cover for the Czech translation of Lovecraft Country, coming from Baronet a.s. on April 11:

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UK print edition of Lovecraft Country is here

by Matt Ruff on January 24, 2018

Hey, look what UPS delivered from my British publisher Picador. The official publication date is tomorrow, January 25th, but because I’m not J.K. Rowling, I’m guessing the actual on-sale date is “whenever the books arrive at the shop,” so you may be able to snag a copy at your local bookstore already. (It’s also available as an ebook.)

In related news, the long-awaited German translation of Lovecraft Country is coming from Carl Hanser Verlag on May 14. Brazilian, Czech, French, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and Taiwanese editions are also in the works.

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