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What To Watch: Lovecraft Country

Enjoy Sci-Fi and need a new show to watch? Look no further than this hidden gem on HBO Max.
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I put off watching Lovecraft Country for a few months and I regret it entirely. I binged the entire first season in less than a week and boy was I surprised. If you're an HBO Max subscriber then this show is an excellent, can't-miss shocker that makes the monthly subscription worth every penny.


Lovecraft Country is based on a novel of the same name, which is inspired by the terrifying writing of H.P. Lovecraft. If you've never heard of him before, don't feel too bad. He wrote classic horror masterpieces in the 1920s and '30s before he passed away in 1937. His work is largely regarded as some of the true origins of horror and his influence is seen throughout pop culture everywhere today.

Lovecraft's most well-known monster is unquestionably Cthulhu, an octopus-like dragon that slumbers in the sea. He's a cosmic entity that wreaks havoc upon awakening and is worshipped as a god.

Digital Art by Monifa Jelita

Digital Art by Monifa Jelita

If that looks at all familiar to you, it should. Directors and artists used Cthulhu as inspiration for years in cinema. Certain films such as Clash of the Titans and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest have used Cthulhu as inspiration for the Kraken.

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Spoiler-Free Summary

Lovecraft Country is a horror-fantasy story about a man named Atticus, or Tic for short. Set in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Tic returns home from the Korean War in search of his missing father. His search leads him to, you guessed it, Lovecraft Country.

Lovecraft Country is a fictional town in the Northeast region of the United States. This non-ordinary town is filled with oddness and uncertainty. With that uncertainty comes magic, monsters, cults, and the most terrifying of them all: the abundance of 1960s racism.

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Photo: HBO

The creatures and magical beings that Tic encounters have their way with the characters and weave in and out of the story. The one constant threat that continues to plague him though, is the racist residents. These folks didn't let the main characters live a normal life and it's captured in a truly realistic fashion.

Tic has to maneuver around the plethora of antagonists to find out what really happened to his father. He also discovers what his past truly says about him and how he needs to act to avoid a disastrous future.


Lovecraft Country is absolutely worth watching all the way through. The show sets up enough interest early on to suck in the viewer and sprinkles in backstory throughout. I loved this show very much. HBO has already announced a second season is on the way. Obviously, we don't yet know when the follow up to season one will debut because of the pandemic.

This story has a brilliantly pure blend of horror and science fiction that resonates within the acting. Jonathan Majors is fantastic as Tic and Jurnee Smollett became everyone's feisty new crush in her portrayal of Leti Lewis. This show is great fantasy for anyone looking for a new addiction, so buckle up and prepare yourself for the ride that is: Lovecraft Country.