ConspirOX Seminar: "Cosmic Horror, White Supremacy, and the Dark Enlightenment: The Reception and Utilisation of H.P. Lovecraft within the Contemporary Extreme Right."

Event date
16 May 2024
Event time
13:30 - 15:00
Oxford week
TT 4
Faculty Members
Postgraduate Students
Manor Road Building - Seminar Room E

Kye Allen is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford studying twentieth-century Anglo-American fascism and contemporary forms of far-right extremism and conspiratorial theorising. Amongst other outlets, his research has been published by the Global Network on Extremism and Technology, Binding Hook, Global Studies Quarterly, and Millennium.

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H.P. Lovecraft is a mainstay in popular culture and among the most widely recognised figures of pulp fiction. Over the last decade, though, Lovecraft’s oeuvre has been at the forefront of a reckoning as readers, writers, and scholars alike increasingly confront the author’s profoundly racist beliefs. Notwithstanding the veracity of such criticism, discussion has been predominantly focused on questions surrounding Lovecraft’s legacy and the degree to which the image of Lovecraft the rabid racist can be disentangled from the contents of his tales. However, there are important issues stemming from Lovecraft’s racism that remain curiously understudied, namely the response to the above accusations against Lovecraft among far-right extremists, the divergent interpretations that such factions hold regarding Lovecraft’s racial and philosophical commitments, and how these manifest in both the ideological tracts of far-right extremists and their online spaces. This paper argues that there are three main contexts wherein such actors reference Lovecraft, what are herein dubbed as ‘white supremacist’, ‘accelerationist’, and ‘anti-woke’ narratives. In turn, this Lovecraftian case serves in microcosm as an example of the manner by which extremists act to develop a canon of far-right literature and thus a veritable tradition of white supremacy and a bastion of ideological sustenance from which to draw.

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