The Necronomicon is a comprehensive collection of some of Lovecraft's most strange and iconic tales, stories that French author Michel Houellebecq says are "an open slice of howling fear." Lovecraft is one inspiration to China Miéville, whose novel The City and The City we read in 2012. How does Miéville react to Lovecraft's racism? Like Houellebecq, he argues that Lovecraft's racist, virtiginous horror led to the writing's poetic, trancelike quality.
In A Highly Unlikely Scenario, an absurdist fiction by Rachel Cantor, "a customer-service rep for a Pythagorean pizza company must save the world by time traveling and speaking to historical figures through the Neetsa Pizza support line." Writing in the New York Times, Lydia Netzer calls it "a novel about being incredulous and certain at the same time, about listening without judgment, about acting on faith."