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Special tour will explore Lovecraft’s favorite Providence haunts



PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence native and cult horror writer H.P. Lovecraft will be the subject of a special walking tour and film series during the annual Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival (RIHFF), October 22 – 25th. The tour will take place on Saturday, October 24th .


lovecraftThe life and work of Providence's best-known fantasy and horror author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, will provide the backdrop for the tour, which will be lead by the Rhode Island Historical Society.  Lovecraft's "Providence stories" (written between 1924 and 1935) provide the basis for this walk.  Lovecraft wrote eloquently, and in great detail, about such landmarks as Prospect Terrace, the First Baptist Church, and Benefit Street houses.  Participants will see the site of his former home, as well as locales mentioned in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Haunter of the Dark, The Shunned House, and The Call of Cthulhu.


Following the tour, which begins at 1:00 p.m. and lasts for approximately 90 minutes, participants will be treated to a special screening of films called "RIIFF Bloody Shorts of Horror," at the Bell Street Chapel in Providence inspired by Lovecraft’s stories including "The Music of Erich Zann," directed by Jared Skolnick. Based on the short story by legendary author H.P. Lovecraft, this is an atmospheric horror film about a young student's obsession with the strange music being played above his room by an eccentric musician, an obsession that leads him to a terrifying discovery.


“It is amazing how Lovecraft’s horror writing still resonates with audiences today,” commented Demetria Carr, Managing Director of the Rhode Island International Film Festival. “Providence provided the inspiration for his most chilling and terrifying stories. This walking tour is a wonderful opportunity for his fans to connect with the man behind the writer.”


Please feel free to call the RIIFF office to make reservations or to have any questions answered: 401.861.4445.


Event Details :

Saturday, October 24, 2009

“Literary Providence: The Life And Times Of H. P. Lovecraft” Walking Tour
Cost:  $16 (includes Horror Festival screening ticket)
The walking tour departs at 1:00 p.m. from the Van Wickle Gates at Brown University (College Street at Prospect Street). The guides are Beverly Pettine and Cathe Rezendes.


Cost:  $10 General Admission (Free for walking tour participants)
The screening will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the BELL STREET CHAPEL, 5 Bell Street in Providence. 


Advance Tickets:

H. P. Lovecraft” Walking Tour & Film Screening

Tour starts at 1:00 p.m. and film at 4:00 p.m.

LOCATIONS: Walking Tour Presentation: Van Wickle Gates at Brown University; Film: Bell Street Chapel, 5 Bell Street, PROVIDENCE


Lovecraft Walking Tour 2009



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