The violent deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and many other horrifying events painfully remind us that the HPLHS celebrates the works of an author whose opinions regarding race have no place in the modern world. It is true that Lovecraft wrote offensively racist things in his private correspondence and public essays, and held some very regrettably racist views which come through in a number of his stories. We do not agree with those views, but choose not to ignore his otherwise very significant contributions to the genres of horror and science fiction because of them. If he were still alive and capable of change, the situation might be different. As it is, we enjoy those parts of his work that do appeal to us: his fantastical imagination and worlds of ancient mystery. The HPLHS does not subscribe to Lovecraft's racial, political or sociological views, and does not support or promote them in any way. We believe in racial equality and social justice, and welcome everyone into our society.
We grapple constantly with the challenge of reconciling apprehensions about the man with appreciation for his artistic creations. We strive to recontextualize those creations for a new era. We fully agree that Black lives matter. We can’t change Lovecraft, but we can help change our world. We must evaluate the past unflinchingly, see the present honestly, and embrace changes to create a future that brings justice and equality to everyone. To pursue that change, the HPLHS donates a portion of its profits to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Further, we do our best to work with a diverse team of artists to ensure that the products we make are inclusive and welcoming to all. We frequently discuss these difficult issues as best we can in our podcast Voluminous.
Copyright issues surrounding Lovecraft's estate are insanely complicated. Only a court of law could definitively settle the question, and we are not lawyers. The HPLHS does not speak for the Lovecraft estate. All that said, we firmly believe that Lovecraft's works are in the public domain.
The HPLHS has a Facebook page and also maintains a number of groups. The largest one is available to the general public, and currently has some 57,000 members. It is a very active place full of interesting and sometimes crazy people who post all kinds of things, not all of which is pleasing or interesting to everyone. There is also a smaller private group just for card-carrying HPLHS members. Only official members of the HPLHS can join this group, and it is more focused in its content. There is also a group for fans of the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre series of audio dramas produced by the HPLHS.