We’re at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon! In case you want to say hello, and get a free Lovecraft eZine bookmark, here’s where I’ll be tonight:
EOD Center: At 5:00pm I’ll be at the VIP Party: “Lovecraftian Art, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and live music from Seattle’s Power Skeleton.”
EOD Center: At 7:00pm I’ll be on a panel: “Is diversity in Lovecraftian fiction important? What have you done to increase diversity in your magazine/publications if anything? What challenges have you faced? What do you plan to do in the future, if anything? Does the fandom care about these issues? Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Ross Lockhart, Jason Brock, Mike Davis, Nate Pedersen.”
EOD Center: At 8:00pm I’ll be listening to my friend W.H. Pugmire read from one of his stories.
Main Screen, at the theater: At 9:00pm I’m going to watch Dead Shadows! I’ve really been looking forward to seeing this one: “US Premiere presentation! This is your first, and probably last chance to see this long-awaited French creature feature on the big screen!”
I know this will probably be taken as very non-PC, but I could care less about increasing the diversity of the work inspired by HP Lovecraft. This is one of the few cases I would have to fall upon the conservative side of my personality (something that I rarely exercise) and say that I think it would merely dilute the type and style of work. Not everything is made better by being “inclusive” and “diverse”. However, I am also eager to see examples of this that could prove my assumption wrong.
I sat on this comment for a while. Thought-provoking as it might be, I think it only underlines the absolute necessity for *more* diverse sources of content, whatever their source, to be welcomed into the Lovecraftian community.