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Oh, the Horror!
Oh, the Horror!

OH, THE HORROR DISHES A VIRTUAL FRIGHT!

With its tentacled creatures from beneath, and horrors beyond human comprehension, the weird fiction of Howard Phillips Lovecraft has slithered into American culture over the past century, influencing everything from "Scooby Doo," to "South Park," to the new hit HBO show "Lovecraft Country." Much of Lovecraft's fiction is laced with racism and misogyny, however, causing its place in the horror canon to be reassessed. For this year's Oh, The Horror series, explore Lovecraft's influence on pop culture, while examining how female writers and authors of color are reimagining his stories to reconcile their insidious depictions.

EVENTS

Cosmic Horror Trivia

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Virtual
For adults

Enjoy an evening of chill-inducing competition from the comfort of your own home. Compete alone or with your housemates to test your cosmic horror knowledge through six rounds of questions based on tentacled movie monsters, classic fiction from Poe to Lovecraft, and creatures from outer space. Sponsored by the Library Center. Register by calling or clicking the link below. A link to the virtual event will be shared with registered participants. Registration accepted September 24 -October 7 ; call 417- 883-5341.

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Making Monsters of Men: A Discussion with Victor LaValle

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 7 p.m.
Virtual
For adults

Join World Fantasy Award-winning author Victor LaValle as he discusses his Lovecraftian novella, "The Ballad of Black Tom," reimagining the H.P. Lovecraft story that inspired it, and how authors of color are expanding Lovecraft's mythos to reckon with his problematic legacy. Sponsored by the Library Center. Link to program will be posted here when available.

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Lovecraft Country: In Conversation with Matt Ruff

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 7 p.m.
Virtual
For adults

Join "critically acclaimed cult novelist" Matt Ruff for a conversation about the book that inspired the hit HBO series, "Lovecraft Country," from infusing H.P. Lovecraft's mythos into Jim Crow America to how the insidious spectre of racism still stalks the land. Sponsored by the Library Center. Link to program will be posted here when available.

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The Horror of Hate: An Interview with P. Djèlí Clark

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 7 p.m.
Virtual
For adults

Join Nebula Award-winning author P. Djèlí Clark for an in-depth interview about his new novella, "Ring Shout," which mixes history, horror and dark fantasy to give an unflinching look at the Ku Klux Klan’s reign of terror. Sponsored by the Library Center. Link to program will be posted here when available.

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LOVECRAFT REIMAGINED

Agents of Dreamland
City We Became
Meddling Kids
Mexican Gothic
Ring Shout
The Ballad of Black Tom