H.P. Lovecraft was born, raised, and lived in Providence (on Angell Street and then Barnes Street) for his whole life, except for a brief period spent in New York City. He is buried in a family plot in Swan Point Cemetery, where, 40 years after the fact, a group of fans bought a headstone with the inscription "I Am Providence" taken from a piece of personal correspondence.
Lovecraft died at a young age in relative poverty, and he was largely unknown during his lifetime. He is now widely celebrated by fans of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Stephen King called him "the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." Lovecraft's stories, such as "The Call of Cthulhu," "At The Mountains of Madness," and "The Shadow Out of Time," once relegated to pulp magazines, now have wide-scale publication. His influence even extends into the worlds of movies (Stuart Gordon's "Re-Animator" and Andrew Leman's "The Call of Cthulhu") and music (Metallica - The Call of Ktulu", "The Thing That Should Not Be").
In celebration of this local legend, join us on March 25th at 7:00 PM at the Rochambeau Library for a free screening of "The Call Of Cthulhu" (2005, silent film) hosted by Rory Raven. Free pizza will be provided by the Nice Slice.