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Editorial: Dismantling the Monsters (Especially the Ones in Human Form)
This is an issue of timeliness. All that has been going on in our world, all the hate that we still have to deal with, and witness...the overbearing struggle of the human family who have different levels of melatonin in their skin than others…the absurdity of it all.
Timely because of the struggles in our country for equality, for sure, and...I saw an ad for a new TV show that kind of mirrors this issue: Lovecraft Country. It’s about the nightmare of people of color and monsters, and some of the monsters are not human, but the most inhuman monsters are.
Lovecraft was no humanitarian. He seemed to love his monsters more than he loved other people, especially people of color, as is evident in all of his work. I invited authors to write Lovecraftian tales told from the marginalized perspective. I got some good responses. In one, a wise eternal witnesses righteous vengeance. Lovecraft brings a “friend’ to a Chinese restaurant. An Old One Argues for His Taboo Love. An odd piecing together of the Innsmouth story, stitched together from the fragments of individual reports. A coffee shop brings two people together. Spoiled rich kids go raising hell in the wrong town.
There’s lots to love here. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.
The Colour out of Space: The Quietus, by Michelle Mellon (flash)
Starcrossed, by Gregg Chamberlain (microfic)
THE INNSMOUTH LEGACY (An Oral History, 1962), by Jack Lothian (flash)
Noodles, by Michael Anthony Dioguardi (flash)
When Starbucks Came to Innsmouth, V. A. Vazquez (flash)
Cthulhu Tentacles Are Delicious, by Jo Wu (flash)
The Incident at Chicxulub, by Pedro Iniguez (flash)
The Shade at Aseneith, by JD DeLuzio (flash)
The Colour out of Space: The Quietus, by Michelle Mellon
THE INNSMOUTH LEGACY (An Oral History, 1962), by Jack Lothian
Starcrossed, by Gregg Chamberlain