J.J Abrams, Jordan Peele Blend Lovecraftian & Racist Horrors In HBO’s Lovecraft Country

Man or monster, monster or man. A trope often explored in the gothic genre, it exposes the ugly nature of humanity, and questions our definition of monstrosity. HBO’s new drama series, Lovecraft Country, will be treading on the same vein of horror, with the teaser trailer promising a maelstrom of grounded drama and horrific Lovecraftian creatures.

Based on Mark Ruff’s novel of the same name, the series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Letitia (Junrnee Smollett-Bell), and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip in 1950s America to look for his missing father (Micheal Kenneth Williams). Along the way, monsters – both human and inhuman – emerge alongside racist terrors, and the trio is forced to overcome all of that as they struggle to survive in white America.

Misha Green serves as the executive producer and showrunner of Lovecraft Country, with the latter role shared between J.J Abrams, Jordan Peele, and Bill Carraro. Yann Demange (director of the pilot episode), Daniel Sackhein (director of the second and third episodes), and David Knoller (executive producer on the first episode) are credited as well.

The show will be making its debut on HBO in August this year.