The Destroyer of Worlds: A Return to Lovecraft Country

Harper. (Lovecraft Country, Bk. 2). Feb. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9780063256897. $27.99. HORROR
It is the summer of 1957, three years after the events of Ruff’s novel Lovecraft Country, and the characters are still having Lovecraftian adventures tied to their family history and escalating racial tensions in America, but now they also have to grapple with the knowledge and consequences from their previous confrontations with Winthrop and Braithwhite. Readers can expect the same genre-blending, dark humor, and creepy atmosphere from the first book, but this time Ruff presents each character and their compelling journey in alternating chapters. As the narratives overlap and come together, readers will be held captive until the thrilling conclusion. This series excels in how it continues to draw parallels between its pulpy plot and the entire civil rights movement. The cosmic dilemmas make for a great read, but the unease is amplified by readers’ knowledge that these Black characters are about to be thrust into a very real fight for freedom.
VERDICT The popularity of the Lovecraft Country TV show means that even more readers will be eager for the return of Ruff (88 Names; The Mirage). A great suggestion for fans of novels hat grapple with the racism in stalwart horror tropes, such as Ring Shout by P. Djéli Clark and Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
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