I'm a huge fan of H.P. Lovecraft, his mythology, the extended work, and the influence it has on modern media. I read the first 13 books and I'm on The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.
To get the controversy out of the way, Lovecraft was a racist, but I don't think that should diminish his work. In fact, I think it might have even helped his work. Not the racism in of itself, but rather his irrational fear, anxiety and paranoia that was beautifully woven into his writing. The emotion involved is really appealing. Everything is dark, twisted and corrupted and it's all going to end horribly for everyone involved. There is no escape, only the insanity at the realization of your own insignificance in the universe. To be fair, Lovecraft was scared of a lot of things, strangers just fall under that wide umbrella. If you didn't know the author, it could be argued that the overt racist overtones was foreshadowing the true condition of the universe. Strange people show up to your community with a strange religion and have strange customs that appear to degrade the quality of your community all while not realizing that their ways are the natural order of things and your ideas of an orderly society are contrast to reality. While it is often portrayed that these foreigners are intellectually inferior, it is demonstrated that they are the ones who have true insight into the workings of the universe and when these prideful, educated, pillars of society learn of the hidden knowledge they are driven to death by insanity. Murder, orgies, insanity and chaos are the only true freedom mankind should know. Cthulhu is the priest waiting for true freedom to descent on the world.
There might have been some self reflection in the story of The Doom That Came to Sarnath. The Sarnathians killed off all of the Ib simply because they looked weird and had a weird religion. But the Ib didn't do anything to warrant such actions, they were rather peaceful and kept to themselves. The Sarnathians prospered for a thousand years then the mist came from space and turned all their nobles into Ib. Regardless of how vastly superior you feel you are over others, you will turn into the thing you despise.
The creepy thing is despite Sarnath being fictional, Lovecraft got really close to naming parts of that city to real world places even though he said that he thought he invented the name independently
Edited by Soft Snow, 17 March 2018 - 08:41 PM.