PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- H.P. Lovecraft, the early 20th century horror writer, has been an inspiration to others for nearly a century.
The mythos Lovecraft created has reached deep into popular culture, so much that his creations and the works they inspired may be better known than the Providence writer himself.
Lovecraft’s fans want to give the writer his due, and this month are holding what they say is the largest celebration ever of his work and influence. It’s billed the "NecronomiCon," named after a Lovecraft creation: a book that was so dark and terrible that a person could barely read a few pages before going insane. The Aug. 22-25 convention is being held in Providence, where he lived and died -- poor and obscure -- at age 46 in 1937.
Besides a brief and unhappy marriage that took him to New York from 1924 to 1926, Lovecraft lived his whole life on Providence’s East Side, close to Brown University. He wrote his most significant work after returning to Providence, publishing many of his stories in the magazine Weird Tales.
Lovecraft said several times he could not live anywhere but Providence. His grave in a city cemetery is often visited today by fans, who leave trinkets or notes behind.