Sunday, August 23, 2015

NecronomiCon Providence 2015: NEW ENGLAND GOTHIC

Grand Ballroom, Biltmore 17th Floor

New England has a long tradition in Gothic literature. From Nathaniel Hawthorne to Edgar Allan Poe to H.P. Lovecraft, the haunted streets of New England have been home to many a spook and specter. Influenced strongly by Poe, Lovecraft nurtured a love for the Gothic and New England. In this panel, we discuss the Gothic influence on Lovecraft and his place in that literary tradition.

Panelists: Thomas Broadbent, Kenneth Hite, John Langan, Faye Ringel
Moderator: Rory Raven

Necronomicon Providence 2015: RELIGION IN LOVECRAFT

Grand Ballroom, Biltmore 17th Floor

H.P. Lovecraft was a devout atheist all his adult life. As a result, religion rarely plays a significant part in his writing or life. However, he had certain clear feelings about the subject, which he expressed in letters and occasionally seeped into his fiction. This panel will examine this aspect of Lovecraft’s life and work, and its place in developing his cosmic philosophy.

Panelists: Paul Di Filippo, Scott R. Jones, S.T. Joshi, Robert M. Price
Moderator: Ross Lockhart

NecronomiCon Providence 2015: LORD DUNSANY

Waterplace Ballroom, Omni Hotel 2nd Floor

H.P. Lovecraft described Lord Dunsany as one of the three big influences on his writing. Despite being a major literary force in the early 20th century, few today know about Dunsany’s life. This panel gathers together the leading figures in Dunsany scholarship to discuss this historic writer and his work.

Panelists: Martin Andersson, Paul Di Filippo, S.T. Joshi, Faye Ringel, Darrell Schweitzer
Moderator: Jason Thompson

NecronomiCon Providence 2015: CLARK ASHTON SMITH

Waterplace Ballroom, Omni Hotel 2nd Floor

He was one of the Weird Tales “Three Musketeers” and an inspired writer of poetry and weird fiction. Clark Ashton Smith remains one of the giants in the field and is far more than just one of H.P.Lovecraft’s friends. In this panel, we discuss the contribution Smith has made to fantasy and weird fiction, his influence on later writers, and why it is important that his work be read and remembered.

Panelists: Scott Connors, Jack Haringa, S.T. Joshi, Will Murray
Moderator: Phillip Gelatt

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Art, activism intertwined at Mission Gallery

NecronomiCon Providence 2015: LOVECRAFT AND RACISM: 

Grand Ballroom, Biltmore 17th Floor

H.P. Lovecraft was a racist. Whether you believe that his racism was only privately expressed in letters (and somehow ignore the racist aspects of his stories) and that his views softened later in life, his racism is now an undeniable aspect of his known personality. So how can we respond to this in a productive manner, and create a weird fiction community that is welcoming of diverse voices? Within this discussion, panelists will explore how Lovecraft’s racism shaped his work, and how contemporary fans can still love the craft without necessarily loving the views.

Panelists: C Morgan Grefe, Andrew Leman, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, David Nickle, Faye Ringel
Moderator: Niels Hobbs

Friday, August 21, 2015

Several RI government agencies identified as part of Ashley Madison hack

Fracked gas releases 8X more methane than previously believed

NecronomiCon Providence 2015 - ARMITAGE SYMPOSIUM - Friday 2:30 am

Narragansett Ballroom, Omni Hotel 1st Floor

Space and Place in the Lovecraftian Milieu

“Tentacles in the Madhouse: The Role of the Asylum in the Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft,” Troy Rondinone, Southern Connecticut State University

“Resisting Cthulu: Milton and Lovecraft’s Errand in the Wilderness,” Marcello Ricciardi. St. Joseph’s College Patchogue, New York

“The Sombreness of Decay: Lovecraft in Wilbraham, Massachusetts,” Christian Haunton, University of Nebraska Omaha

“Save the Old Brick Row'" - H.P. Lovecraft and the Modernization of Providence,” Connor Pitetti, Stony Brook University

NecronomiCon Providence 2015 -  Monstrous Stories: A History of Monsters

Prof. Touba Ghadessi, Wheaton College

Monsters have occupied a prominent place in the collective imaginary for centuries. Yet, as individuals have often attempted to claim the uniqueness of the monsters they saw/created/destroyed, these monsters all grew within a discourse of civic regulations and scientific discoveries. Visual and literary images of monsters served as active visual markers of these dichotomous interactions. This talk examines monsters historically and proposes that H.P. Lovecraft’s monsters fell, in fact, in line with the historical monsters that preceded them. From the importance of hybridity, to the monster as a body of knowledge, fear, and wonder, this paper will present several paradigms meant to highlight the ways in which monsters have been — and still are — a rhetorical device that serve strategically to delineate the boundaries of the very categories to which they do not belong.

NecronomiCon Providence 2015 - ROOTS OF HORROR IN H. P. LOVECRAFT

Grand Ballroom, Biltmore 17th Floor

Edgar Allan Poe was not the only writer who influenced Lovecraft. There were many others who cast their shadows upon the gentleman from Providence and a few who were even his contemporaries. Join us as we talk about Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, Robert Chambers, and many others.

Panelists: Scott Connors, Leslie Klinger, John Langan, Robert M. Price, Joe Pulver
Moderator: Darrell Schweitzer

NecronomiCon Providence 2015 - ARMITAGE SYMPOSIUM Friday 9am

Narragansett Ballroom, Omni Hotel 1st Floor  

Human Subjects: Lovecraft and the Disciplines

“The Lovecraftian Cosmos: How the Tales of H.P. Lovecraft can be interpreted through the Concepts of Modern Science,” Fred S. Lubnow, Independent Scholar

”Lovecraft and Folkloric Methodology,” Ken Van Wey, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

“Darwin and the Deep Ones: Anthropological and Evolutionary Anxiety in Lovecraft’s ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth’ and Other stories,” Jeffrey Shanks, Southeast Archeological Center, National Park Service

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NecronomiCon Providence 2015 - OPENING CEREMONY

NecronomiCon Providence 2015

OPENING CEREMONY – the First Baptist Church in America, 75 N. Main St. 02903

Special Guests of Honor, including Ramsey Campbell, Leslie Klinger, Robert Price and Poet Laureate Ann Schwader, will welcome attendees and officially commemorate Lovecraft’s anniversary in this historic Providence landmark. Barnaby Evans, executive director of WaterFire, will emcee, and internationally renowned organist Gigi Mitchell-Velasco will once again dazzle us with a perfect musical accompaniment to the ceremony. Also featuring RI historian Stanley Lemons.

RI Historical Society now a Smithsonian affiliate