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Saturday, March 17, 2018

H.P. Lovecraft: A Literary Life Walking Tour

Some historical figures are commemorated on their birthdays, but every year in March, the Rhode Island Historical Society pays tribute to horror genius HP Lovecraft on the anniversary of his death.

Howard Phillips Lovecraft wasn’t much appreciated in his own lifetime, but has achieved posthumous fame through works like the celebrated "The Call of Cthulhu" and his other contributions to the magazine Weird Tales. His fiction was often based in Providence, where the author lived his short and largely reclusive life (from early adulthood, he was never really able to support himself, and died in poverty in 1937 at just 46 years of age.)

Amazingly, most of the Providence sites that meant so much to the author in the 1920’s (his most productive period) can still be seen today – or, more accurately, can be seen in the company of Rhode Island Historical Society guides at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 17. They will walk you to the most important sites – places mentioned in passages from some of his stories (The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, Haunter of the Dark, The Shunned House) and in his personal correspondence. Ticketing information forthcoming and may be purchased at the start of the tour; however, reservations are requested (contact: