Lovecraft Country nabs an August premiere date on HBO, debuts creepy poster art

Lovecraft Country - Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Morris/HBO
Lovecraft Country - Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Morris/HBO /

Lovecraft Country will premiere in August on HBO.

We finally have a premiere date for the new HBO series Lovecraft Country, based on the book of the same name by Matt Ruff.

Lovecraft Country will premiere Sunday, August 16, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The series will follow Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he embarks on a road trip with his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett), and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance).

The trio will travel across Jim Crow America in the 1950s in search of Atticus’s missing father, Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams). Their journey will begin in Chicago and lead them through a dark and terrifying trek into the land of monsters, many of which would feel at home in an H.P. Lovecraft novel.

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Racism will be a prevalent theme in the series, as it was in the book, making Lovecraft Country a particularly timely series as the characters face mythical monsters and those of racist white America.

As Vox noted when the trailer was first released, the series views its monsters as a vital “racial allegory.”

Aside from the actors mentioned above, the series also stars Aunjanue Ellis, Abbey Lee, Jada Harris, Wunmi Mosaku, Jamie Chung, Jordan Patrick Smith, and Tony Goldwyn.

Jordan Peele, Misha Green, J.J. Abrams, Bill Carraro, Yann Demange, David Knoller, and Daniel Sackheim serve as executive producers on the show. It is being produced by Peele’s production company Monkeypaw Productions and Abrams’ Bad Robot.

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Lovecraft Country teaser art – Photo Courtesy of HBO /

Will Lovecraft Country be available to binge-watch?

Right now, it seems like the ten-episode first season of the upcoming HBO series will be released weekly rather than all at once. However, it will be available to watch on HBO Max, which could mean that the premium cable service may decide to release the season at once.

I’m somewhat doubtful of this since the pandemic has made many networks run low on new content. The network will likely want to prolong the show’s runtime.

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Lovecraft Country will premiere on August 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.