Sights ~ Lovecraft Arts & Sciences ~ Providence

Lovecraft Arts & Sciences
Providence Arcade
Suite 105
65 Weybosset St.
Providence, Rhode Island

The creeping, dark and weird force behind NecronomiCon

Howard Phillips (H. P.) Lovecraft was an author, posthumously regarded as the 20th century's greatest influence on the horror genre. He was born and grew up in Providence, and lived most of his life here. He's buried in Swan Point Cemetery. Today (August 20, 2015) is his 125th birthday.

Lovecraft knew and loved the Providence of his day, and his stories and letters often reference sites that are still standing today. Necronomicon offers bus and walking tours that I'm really excited about.

The Arts & Sciences physical presence in the Arcade is a strange and wonderful place. Part museum, part shop, I took a peek inside recently and was charmed and fascinated.

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HP Lovecraft memorial square

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New books, old books, Lovecraft's own typewriter, and a curated collection of the weird make the place resemble a Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities. There are locally-made mythos-related items, and something to spark curiosity and imagination everywhere you look. And best of all, there's Carmen and Niels.

The curators of the museum and Arch-Director of the Council, these two are highly knowledgeable about all things Lovecraftian... and are extremely patient and kind when answering questions from six and eight-year-old children, and their grandmother.

You don't have to be a fan - or even know - Lovecraft to find something to like, love, or be fascinated by in the shop. It's a celebration of the weird, dark, curious, and unusual.

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  1. My husband and I have actually become fans of Lovecraft since moving to Providence. Definitely checking this out during tomorrow's lunch break as I work close to the Arcade! Thanks for posting this!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! The folks there are so nice, and so knowledgeable. enjoy!

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