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Wunmi Mosaku as Ruby (left) and Michael K. Williams as Montrose (right)

Content warning: In addition to spoilers for Lovecraft Country, this post contains discussions of transphobia, sexual assault, physical assault, child abuse and murder.

Lovecraft Country is HBO’s latest hit.

The sci-fi/horror show — helmed by Misha Green and executive produced by Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams — dominated Sunday nights on Twitter for weeks. You can’t escape tweets about the show: not even the mute function will prevent you from seeing something about the show. The show premiered to an abundance of praise, both from critics and regular viewers.

Many people view the show as an important landmark for Black entertainment: a high-budget sci-fi/horror show that centers Black people, with Black writers, directors and producers behind the scenes. Lovecraft Country purportedly puts blackness and Black people into genres we have historically been excluded from. The last few years have seen an effort to make horror more inclusive of Black people, particularly with movies like Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Us, as well as the recently-released Antebellum. Many position Lovecraft Country as the latest edition of a Black horror Renaissance and as a refreshing spin on the genre. …

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