The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle

When we read and discussed a collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories a year ago, we dug deep into the more controversial (i.e. massively racist) elements of Howard's thought.

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle is a retelling of the most controversial (again, read massively racist) of HPL's stories,The Horror at Red Hook. The novella introduces a new main character, a young black man called Tommy Tester and gives a new perspective on the summoning of the Great Old Ones in 1920s Queens.