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Old 18-09-2014, 20:47
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Criticism has been levelled at the World Fantasy Award, which is
in the shape of writer H. P. Lovecraft - an acclaimed writer of
supernatural horror, but also the subject of controversy over
strong racist views he expressed in both his fiction and non-fiction.

The board of the World Fantasy awards has said that it is “in discussion” about its winners’ statuette, modelled on the late HP Lovecraft, after calls for the trophy to be changed due to Lovecraft’s “fundamental racism”.
http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...-row-statuette

Personally, I think it might be better to change the award to a symbol- much as
I admire Lovecraft's fiction I don't think a statue of the guy is a fitting
symbol for the either fantasy genre (remember, when the WFAs began in
the 1970s, they were awarded to both supernatural horror AND fantasy,
which isn't the case anymore).

But what do you think?
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Old 18-09-2014, 22:40
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Edgar Allan Poe married his 13 year old cousin (claiming she was 21) so I don't think we need to get too PC about HPL.
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Old 18-09-2014, 23:14
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Edgar Allan Poe married his 13 year old cousin (claiming she was 21) so I don't think we need to get too PC about HPL.
True. Most writers are flawed in some way- I was shocked to learn from a
biography that the kindly Walter De La Mare apparently held strong
anti-Semitic views.
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Old 19-09-2014, 16:41
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Something that should be mentioned is that AFAIK, is that the
most repugnant racial statements people are complaining over
are from Lovecraft's letters and unpublished poems
like "On the Creation of (N-Words)".

Lovecraft's letters were never, to the best of my
knowledge, intended for publication. Lovecraft's
devotees, while they did sterling work preserving his
ideas in his letters, also left the problematic side of the man
far more visible.

De La Mare seems not to have written down his anti-semitic views,
only speaking them to friends; but
Lovecraft's racist views were written down thousands of times.
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A Certain Big Name In Horror is Very, Very Angry over the attempts to remove
Lovecraft's image from the WFA :

http://www.stjoshi.org/news.html

http://www.jasoncolavito.com/blog/s-...craft-and-race
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