H.P. Lovecraft, Political Correctness, Racial Politics, Social Justice Warriors, World Fantasy Convention
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€.