July 2, 2021

It is being reported that HBO has cancelled Lovecraft Country after just one season. The sad news comes eight months after the supernatural horror drama wrapped its freshman outing, and comes as a bit of a surprise considering its strong performance.

The show's first season appeared to be a success for the cable network. Critics were mostly in agreement in their acclaim for the series, and ratings were solid on both linear and digital platforms. Its final episode drew 1.5 million viewers - the most of its 10-episode run - and on HBO Max the show made it to the top spot among all its other originals, with its debut episode being viewed roughly 10 million times.

The decision to end the series seemed to come down to the fact that it is based on a single book. While there were reports earlier this year that showrunner Misha Green was exploring ideas to continue the story, it looks like the cable network ultimately opted against it.

Based on Matt Ruff's novel of the same name, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Black, who meets up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a trip across the segregated United States in the 1950s in search of his missing father. This leads to a fight for survival and a struggle to overcome the racist terrors of white America as well as supernatural monsters that could be straight out of a Lovecraft paperback.