The Guardian reports that Social Justice Warriors have blasphemed against the Ancient Ones.
S.T. Joshi has condemned the World Fantasy awardsâ€™ decision to stop using trophies modelled on the controversial writer as â€˜the worst sort of political correctnessâ€™
HP Lovecraftâ€™s biographer S.T. Joshi has returned his two World Fantasy awards following the organisersâ€™ decision to stop using a bust of the author for the annual trophy â€“ a move the Lovecraft expert called â€œa craven yielding to the worst sort of political correctnessâ€.
The change was announced on Sunday. It follows a year-long campaign led by the author Daniel JosÃ© Older, who launched a petition calling for the awards to end their trophyâ€™s association with â€œavowed racistâ€ Lovecraft.
World Fantasy award drops HP Lovecraft as prize image
Writing on his blog, Joshi said he had returned the awards he won in previous years to the co-chairman of the World Fantasy Convention, David Hartwell. â€œEvidently,â€ Joshi added, â€œthis move was meant to placate the shrill whining of a handful of social justice warriors who believe that a â€˜vicious racistâ€™ like Lovecraft has no business being honoured by such an award.â€
Joshi also provided the text of his letter to Hartwell, telling him that the decision â€œseems to me a craven yielding to the worst sort of political correctness and an explicit acceptance of the crude, ignorant and tendentious slanders against Lovecraft propagated by a small but noisy band of agitators.â€
Olderâ€™s petition followed a blogpost from WFA winner Nnedi Okorafor on her â€œconflictedâ€ feelings about the prize after seeing Lovecraftâ€™s racist 1912 poem On the Creation of Niggers. (Its couplets include: â€œA beast they wrought, in semi-human figure,/ Filled it with vice, and called the thing a Nigger.â€) …
Following Sundayâ€™s announcement, Older told the Guardian: â€œToday, fantasy is a better, more inclusive, and stronger genre because of it.â€
But Joshi told Hartwell that the change means the awards are now â€œirremediably taintedâ€, and requested that he no longer be nominated for any future WFA. In the past, Joshi won an award for his Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes One and Two, and a special award for scholarship. His works include a biography of Lovecraft, further studies of the author, and extensive collections of the Cthulhu mythos creatorâ€™s writing and letters.
â€œI will never attend another World Fantasy Convention as long as I live. And I will do everything in my power to urge a boycott â€¦ among my many friends and colleagues,â€ wrote Joshi to Hartwell, adding on his blog that â€œif anyone feels that Lovecraftâ€™s perennially ascending celebrity, reputation, and influence will suffer the slightest diminution as a result of this silly kerfuffle, they are very much mistakenâ€.