Celebrating HP Lovecraft at the NecronomiCon

New-Convention-Poster-196x300A longstanding favorite cult author of many a disinfonaut, HP Lovecraft was born on this day in 1890. Fans are gathering in Providence, Rhode Island this week to celebrate his life and work at the NecronomiCon. Report via the Washington Post:

If you’ve enjoyed the works of Stephen King, seen the films “Alien” or “Prometheus” or know about the fictional Arkham Asylum in Batman, you can thank H.P. Lovecraft. The horror writer’s work has inspired others for nearly a century.

The mythos that Lovecraft created in stories such as “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” and “At the Mountains of Madness” has reached its tentacles deep into popular culture — so much that his creations and the works they influenced might be better known than the writer himself.

Wanting to give the writer his due, fans of Lovecraft are holding this month what they say is the largest celebration ever of his work and influence. It’s billed as the NecronomiCon — named in tribute to a Lovecraft book that gained a reputation for being especially dark and terrible. The convention — this Thursday through Sunday — is being held in Providence, where he lived before dying poor and obscure in 1937; he was just 46.

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born in 1890. His parents died in an insane asylum — his father when Lovecraft was just 8, said S.T. Joshi, who has written a biography of Lovecraft and edited several collections of his work. He attended three years of high school before leaving because of a nervous breakdown, Joshi said.

Except during a brief and unhappy marriage that took him to New York from 1924 to 1926, Lovecraft lived his life on Providence’s East Side, near Brown University. He wrote his most significant work after returning to Providence, publishing many stories in the magazine Weird Tales. He barely scraped together a living, yet through letters — an estimated 80,000 in his lifetime — he developed a wide network of fellow writers…

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  • InfvoCuernos

    I think the idea of the necronomicon was the biggest thing Lovecraft contributed. The idea that someone could make up some imaginary religion out of thin air, and a book to go with it, and people would so believe in it that they refused to believe even the author’s own word that it was fake, goes a long way toward explaining scientology (even though L Ron never refuted his own religious work).

    • The Well Dressed Man

      I must say I prefer the books he wrote to the ones he didn’t. :)

  • Anarchy Pony

    He may have been a waspy racist, but almost no one was better at conveying a looming sense of dread and awe at a yawning cavernous abyss that is wholly indifferent to the human condition.

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