H. P. Lovecraft fans are gearing up for NecronomiCon Providence, a four day celebration with panels, talks, walking tours, gaming, and social events including a masquerade ball and a Sunday Cthulhu prayer breakfast. (They should have a spelling bee.) The theme will be The Rational and the Supernatural – an exploration of the intersection of science and art that lays at the foundation of the “Cthulhu Mythos” genre. Organizers “seek to pay proper homage to The Old Gentleman of Providence and his literary offspring, including numerous activities to highlight the town HPL loved and called home – PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island.”
And East Side residents should be on the lookout for hordes of distracted pedestrians using The Call of Lovecraft, a new mobile app designed to add “a layer of ‘augmented reality’ to 5 locations in Providence that loosely parallel the story of The Call of Cthulhu and have historical relevance to Lovecraft’s life. The additional layer of information will include historic facts, audio, visuals, and video — all visible by pointing a smart phone at the 5 locations.” This image is a sample of what these talented devotees have been up to.
Sneak peak of the first stop in the Call of Lovecraft mobile app. This is the Samuel B. Mumford House, built in 1865 is was last place Lovecraft lived. It was moved from its location at 66 College Street to its present location at 65 Prospect Street in 1959. Lovecraft used the house and his room within it as a fictional setting in his tale The Haunter of the Dark.
The new app will be launched at NecronomiCon Providence. Also, event organizers are still looking for volunteers (minions) on their Facebook page.
NecronomiCon Providence, Thursday, August 22 through Sunday, August 25, assorted venues, schedule