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I’m not sure how I got invited to this party

To celebrate Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s 100th birthday, Roddenberry Entertainment invited a hundred former and current cast members, other celebrities, and “notable fans” to record themselves quoting Gene Roddenberry. While I definitely qualify as a fan, I would not … Continue reading

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Lovecraft Country earns 18 Emmy nominations

Per the official Emmys website (complete nominations list): Outstanding Drama Series — Lovecraft Country Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series — Misha Green for episode 1, “Sundown” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series — Jonathan Majors as Atticus Freeman … Continue reading

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Call of the Dreamlands

Back in the Before Time, when booksellers and authors could hang out in enclosed spaces without wearing masks, Phil Bevis of Chatwin Books asked if I’d write an introduction to an H.P. Lovecraft collection he was planning on publishing. The … Continue reading

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A quick and dirty guide to the Matt Ruff oeuvre, or, what to read after you’ve read Lovecraft Country

I’ve gotten a number of requests from readers who’ve finished Lovecraft Country and want to know which of my novels they should try next. Because my books are so different from one another, this is always a tough question to … Continue reading

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Lovecraft Country: Sanctum

It seems like years ago now, but back in March I published a new novel, 88 Names, that is set largely in virtual reality (you can read more about the book here and listen to the official podcast here). My … Continue reading

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My Favorite Things at Speculative Chic

Lovecraft Country was the July book club selection over at the Speculative Chic website. Site founder Shara White invited me to submit a guest blog post talking about some of my favorite things, which is up today. You can read … Continue reading

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#slatepitches

For those of you seeking a distraction from the election coverage, Slate Book Review just posted “The Funniest Living Writers Choose the Funniest Books in the World.” It’s a literary daisy chain: They asked Maria Semple, whose novel Today Will … Continue reading

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Everfair

My friend Nisi Shawl’s amazing new novel Everfair arrives in bookstores today. It’s a steampunk novel set in an alternate history where Congolese natives and their allies use steam-powered dirigibles (“aircanoes”) to fight back against the Belgian soldiers of King … Continue reading

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Talking with Victor LaValle about Lovecraft

The same day Lovecraft Country first appeared in book stores, Tor.com Books published Victor LaValle’s The Ballad of Black Tom, which takes H.P. Lovecraft’s short story “The Horror at Red Hook” and retells it from the point of view of … Continue reading

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For the weekend: Langston Hughes’ playlist

At Wednesday night’s reading at Third Place Books, an audience member asked me about the music I listen to while I’m writing, which reminded me of something I’d come across during my research for Lovecraft Country. In the July 3, … Continue reading

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