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English professor publishes critical edition of author HP Lovecraft

HP Lovecraft by Leverett Butts
UNG associate professor of language Leverett Butts published a critical edition of H.P. Lovecraft.

Leverett Butts had been interested in H.P. Lovecraft's horror fiction writing since he was in graduate school.

The University of North Georgia (UNG) associate professor of English was certain there was a critical edition of Lovecraft's work, but there wasn't. So Butts decided to compile one.

"I just started making one for myself and shopped it around to see if any publishers would be interested in doing it," Butts said.

McFarland published "H.P. Lovecraft: Selected Works, Critical Perspectives and Interviews on His Influence" in June. The book is available digitally and in paperback from a variety of booksellers.

The UNG professor references Lovecraft often when talking about modernism and fractured narrative in modern American literature.

SciFi Pulse interviewed Butts about the Lovecraft book.

"Lovecraft calls it the fear of the unknown," Butts told the publication. "But it's also the lurking dread of having absolutely no control over not only the events around you, but of your own life."

Butts is working on the fourth and final volume of his series of novels "Guns of the Waste Land," a Western retelling of King Arthur legends.

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