Popular Annual Tour Returns to Explore Lovecraft’s Favorite Providence Haunts.
Providence, R.I. – For the past eight years, Providence native and cult horror writer H.P. Lovecraft has been the subject of a popular annual walking tour and film series conducted by the RI Historical Society presented as part of the Flickers’ Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy Horror Film Festival (Vortex). This year’s Festival runs October 19-15, 2015 and the Lovecraft Tour returns for two very special days.
The 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 led by the Rhode Island Historical Society. Lovecraft’s “Providence stories” (written between 1924 and 1935) are the inspiration behind the 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.
The tour will be offered on Saturday, October 24th at 12:00 Noon and Sunday, October 25th, also at noon. Following the tour, which lasts for approximately 90 minutes, participants will be treated to a ticket to see premiere films inspired by Lovecraft.
On Saturday, October 24th, the H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour concludes with a screening of a short film collection inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. The location is the Bell Street Chapel Theatre, 5 Bell Street, and Providence with the screening to take place at 3:00 p.m.
On Sunday, October 25th, the screening will take place at the Providence Public Library Theater, 150 Empire Street, Providence at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for the walking tour are $18 per person, can be purchased online at Rhode Island International Film Festival, and includes a ticket to the film screenings. The Walking Tour can also be purchased in advance by calling the RIIFF offices at 401.861.4445.
“This walking tour is a wonderful opportunity for fans of H.P. Lovecraft to connect with the man behind the writer, and for others to discover his genius,” said George T. Marshall, RIIFF Executive Director.
“Lovecraft’s horror writing continues to resonate with audiences today and provides inspiration for some of the most chilling and terrifying stories in the genre,” commented Shawn Quirk, the Horror Festival Program Director. “His work has become part of our popular culture and a major source of academic study.”
This year’s Festival is sponsored in part by the Rhode Island Film & Television Office.
H.P. LOVECRAFT WALKING TOUR, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23RD AT 12:00 NOON AND SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24TH AT 12:00 NOON.
The life and work of Providence’s best-known fantasy and horror author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, provide the backdrop for this walking tour. The tour lasts 90 minutes.
The tour departs from the John Brown House at 52 Power Street, Providence.
Cost: Tickets are $18 per person, include a ticket to the Horror Festival and can be purchased online. The Walking Tour can be purchased in advance by calling the RIIFF offices at 401.861.4445 or ordered directly online at RIIFF H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour.