The Guardian is reporting that the board of the World Fantasy Awards is “in discussion” about the award statuette, an image of H.P. Lovecraft, because a number of authors, including past winners, have said it’s awkward to receive and display the bust of a flagrant racist.
Yet at the same time, a new Lovecraft Bar is opening in New York on Avenue B. On September 20, Gordon Linzer’s “Eldritch Pub Crawl” will stop there, and at two other haunted pubs with literary associations (The Library, and KGB), plus some haunted sites in-between.
Obviously this is not the week to be looking for a unanimous opinion about Lovecraft in the fantasy field.
Also, The Lovecraft Bar in Portland, Oregon stresses on its website that they have no connection with the New York establishment.
But it’s apparently not bad for business to name a place after HPL.
[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]