HP Lovecraft Walking Tour returns in October

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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).

The festival runs Oct. 16-24. Due to popular demand, the Lovecraft Tour returns for four very special days – Saturday, Oct. 16, Sunday, Oct. 17, Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 24. All tours will begin at noon.

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 led 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.”

Following the tour, which lasts for approximately 90 minutes, participants will be treated to an online ticket to see virtual premiere films inspired by Lovecraft.

“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 Shawn Drywa, the Vortex director. “His work has become part of our popular culture and a major source of academic study.”

Tickets for the walking tour and screening are $22 per person and can be purchased online at film-festival.org/HPLovecraft.php. The cost includes a ticket to the film screenings.

Tickets for the Walking Tour can also be purchased in advance by calling the RIIFF offices at 861-4445.

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