Local horror author Daniel Mills has often spoken about his affection for the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and how the Rhode Island author has impacted his work. Lovecraft has become a deeply controversial author for his racism and views, and Mills notes in an essay on LovecraftZine that appreciating the author is difficult because of that and how he’s come to terms with the author’s legacy and words:
I suppose I should just come out and say it: HP Lovecraft is my favorite writer.
I’ve felt this way for years now, though the various disputes surrounding Lovecraft’s life and legacy have sometimes made it difficult for me to admit as much, even to myself. Most recently, the dust-up over the World Fantasy Award statuette has left many of us within the Weird community feeling angry or conflicted, and so I thought I would just take a moment to reflect on what Lovecraft means to me and why, perhaps, so many of us feel so invested in his legacy.
Read the entire essay here.