As we reported earlier last month, HBO is working on a TV adaptation of Matt Ruff’s Lovecraftian novel Lovecraft Country, which tells the tales of several black people caught up in supernatural events in Jim Crow’s America. At the time, HBO had only teased that the series would air sometime in August, but it has now been announced that viewers will be able to watch the first episode on 16th August. A new poster has also been revealed to promote the show.
Set in 1950s America, Lovecraft Country follows a group of black friends and family who find themselves becoming embroiled in a cult that appears to have supernatural abilities and ties to incomprehensible horrors. As frightening as the supernatural can be, it’s the very real horror of racism and segregation that dominated America, and is still alive today, that will fill readers with real dread.
The show stars Jonathan Majors as Atticus Freeman, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Letitia and Courtney B. Vance as Atticus’ Uncle George as they search for Atticus’ missing father, Montrose, played by Michael Kenneth Williams. The show’s executive producers includes Jordan Peeele, who wrote and directed the hit horror film Get Out, and J.J. Abrams, who is known as the creator of Lost and directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
We look forward to watching this creepy adaptation.