The Popular Annual Tour will Explore Lovecraft’s Favorite Providence Haunts
Providence native and cult horror writer
H.P. Lovecraft will be the subject of the popular annual walking tour and film series during the annual Flickers’ Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival (Vortex), October 16-22, 2017. Due to popular demand, the tour will be offered twice over a two-day period.
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 lead 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 take place on Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd at 12:00 Noon. Following the tour, which lasts for approximately 90 minutes, participants will be treated to a ticket to see premiere films inspired by Lovecraft.
The film screenings will take place Saturday, 2:00 p.m. at The Vets Cinemathéque, 83 Park Street, Providence and
Sunday, 2:00 p.m., and the Providence Public
Library Theatre, 150 Empire Street, Providence.
“This walking tour is a wonderful opportunity for his fans to connect with the man behind the writer, and for others to discover his genius,” said
Shawn Quirk,Vortex Festival Program 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 Quirk. “His work has become part of our popular culture and a major source of academic study.”
The H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour costs $19 per person, and includes a ticket to the special Lovecraft inspired screenings of the Vortex Festival.
The Walking Tour can be purchased in advance by calling the RIIFF offices at 401.861.4445 or ordered directly online at http://www.film-festival.org/HPLovecraft17.php or click the link below:
The Flickers’ Vortex, Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival is sponsored by the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, Amtrak, RISCA, Cox Media, The Vets, Diabolique Magazine, Eurochannel, The Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island, The Film Media Program, The URI College of Arts & Sciences, Rhode Island College, Moses Brown School, Providence College, Johnson and Wales University, the Rhode Island Historical Society, Roger Williams University, WSBE RI PBS, and the RWU Film Production Collaborative.