If you are Black, then all of these heroes are villains, capes soaked in our blood: On Lovecraft, artists and our perceptions of such

He was always a villain, you know, Surely, you understood it in some way, and you have read many a tale from others, rather like him, wondering how they created such dark, rich antagonists, and heroes so pure and virtuous and frail. Surely, you wondered quietly, as you had retreated to him, and others like him, inside of yourself, often from a world round you that made you feel other, and profoundly Black and alien. Still, somewhere…