Here is our FULL (very, very full) schedule of all the additional programming happening outside of the regular panels, talks and author readings! Soak it up… and ponder how you probably should start catching up on your sleep now! You’ll need it for the pilgrimage.
Please note: Many events are open to the General Public (as noted below). Otherwise, most events require a convention pass. All event and program rooms have limited capacity as set by the Fire Marshal. Even though your pass is needed to get into most events, it does not guarantee you access if safe capacity has previously been reached. We can not clear rooms between events.
REGISTRATION – There are two registration centers – Biltmore second floor landing and Rhode Island Convention Center Hall D entrance.
More HOURS and IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFO can be found HERE!
VENDOR HALL – Almost 70 vendors await you at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Thursday Noon-4:30pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm See the full list of vendors here!
ALL ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING
WEDNESDAY – August 19
TBA – Opening Reception of Lovecraft Collection – John Hay Library, Brown University OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC
The John Hay Library, guardians of the world’s largest collection of Lovecraft manuscripts and letters, is about to unveil a brand-new extensive display of this collection. Plans are to have an official opening for this new exhibit this evening. Details still being finalized.
6pm to midnight – “Hiding Under the Covers” NecronomiCon welcome party – Aurora, 276 Westminster Street, Providence 02903 OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC ($5, free before 9pm)
A welcoming party for NecronomiCon hosted by local writing community Frequency and creative venue Aurora. Local authors will read weird fiction, followed by an open mic where attendees are encouraged to share their own pieces, covers, and fan fiction. Any and all arriving early for the convention are invited to come and take part or just have a drink and listen. The reading will be followed by unique performances by bands Phemale, Br’er, LVMMVX and others. $5 cover after 9pm for late arrivals. Visit facebook event page here – or the official Aurora page here.
THURSDAY – August 20 – HPL’s 125th Birthday!
All day – Film Screenings – Providence Public Library (150 Empire Street) and Black Box (95 Empire Street) – see separate schedule OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC ($5 for public)
All day – Walking and Bus tours of Lovecraft sites around Providence – Separate ticket $7/$13 available here.
Noon to 6pm – REGISTRATION open at Biltmore and Rhode Island Convention Center
5:00pm to Midnight – Lovecraftian Gaming – Biltmore, L’Apogee 18th floor. see separate schedule
5:00 to 6:15pm – OPENING CEREMONY – the First Baptist Church in America, 75 N. Main St. 02903 OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC (free)
Special Guests of Honor, including Ramsey Campbell, Leslie Klinger 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.
6:30 to 9pm – Ars Necronomica Art Exhibition, Opening Reception – Providence Art Club, 9 Thomas Street 02903 OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC (free)
The official reception for the Providence Art Club portion of the overall exhibition. The gallery will be open all day, and other days of the convention, so you won’t have to worry about missing this remarkable exhibition of world-class Lovecraft-inspired art. Additionally, don’t forget to view the special print exhibition at Julians (318 Broadway 02903).
6:30 to 7:30pm – “The Sacrifice of Randolph Carter,” performed by David Neilsen – Garden Room, Biltmore 2nd Floor OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC ($5 for public)
This original, one-man performance combines two of Lovecraft’s most beloved stories, “The Statement of Randolph Carter” and “From Beyond,” into a single, horrifying narrative. Actor/storyteller David Neilsen, as the title character Randolph Carter, welcomes the audience to a meeting of like-minded intellectuals to explain the terrifying ramifications of a series of inadvisable explorations into forgotten knowledge.
7:30 to 8:45pm – “The Shadow over Innsmouth,” Dark Adventure Radio Theater – Garden Room, Biltmore 2nd Floor OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC ($5 for public)
The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society presents a special live presentation of its Dark Adventure Radio Theatre – “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.” This live show features an ensemble of actors, thrilling music and sound effects and delightful opportunities for audience participation.
7:00pm to Midnight! – A very special outdoor celebration of Lovecraft’s birthday and “125 Years of Weird” in Providence – Facade Lot, 35 Weybosset St. 02903 OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC (free)
Kicking off the 125th in grand style, we’ve got some special outdoor events planned, including a concert featuring local act Alec K. Redfearn & the Eyesores (who gave a legendary performance at 2013’s Eldritch Ball), local musical monstrosities Big Nazo Intergalactic Band, a Frank Difficult music/video/mashup, and a 10th Anniversary screening of HPLHS’s Call of Cthulhu silent film. There will be a beer garden with plenty of Narragansett Beers (including the very last of the Lovecraft Honey Ale, and plenty of the Olde Innsmouth Ale), and a very fitting carnival fire pit roast to feed your cultist belly. More plans still in the works! Check out the facebook event page here.
9:00pm to Close – BLACK LODGE PARTY – Thee Red Fez, 49 Peck St. 02903 CLOSED EVENT
A private club for Golden Key and Silver Key members (passes required). A small getaway spot for Key members. But remember – there are only three rules about Black Lodge…
FRIDAY – August 21
All day – Walking and Bus tours of Lovecraft sites around Providence – Separate ticket $7/13 available here
9:00am to Midnight – Lovecraftian Gaming at Biltmore – L’Apogee 18th floor. see separate schedule
1pm to Midnight (and beyond?) – Film Screenings at the Providence Public Library (150 Empire St.) and Black Box (95 Empire St.) – see separate schedule OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC ($5 for public)
6:00 to 7:00pm – “The Call of Cthulhu,” performed by David Neilsen – Garden Room, Biltmore 2nd Floor
Join actor/storyteller David Neilsen on a journey into madness as he brings Lovecraft’s horrific masterpiece to life. Discover a world of forbidden knowledge, dark cults, and ancient secrets leading to an apocalyptic encounter with a terrifying behemoth from beneath the sea and beyond the stars. Sanity not included. Or guaranteed. OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC ($5 for public)
7:00 to 8:15pm – “Dagon: War of Worlds,” Dark Adventure Radio Theater – Garden Room, Biltmore 2nd Floor
The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society presents a live premiere performance of its Dark Adventure Radio Theatre – “Dagon: War of Worlds.” An ensemble of voice actors, brave musicians and fearless foley artists collude to present this bold adaptation of one of HPL’s most cherished short stories for the first time. OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC ($5 for public)
7:00 to 9:00pm – Guest reception – Biltmore L’Apogee 17
Private reception for Guest pass holders and Golden Keys, with hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and damn near the best damn view of Lovecraft’s Providence (only the gamers have it better).
8:30 to 9:30pm – QuizziQal Lovecraft and Yog Meet – Garden Room, Biltmore 2nd floor
Join Helen and Paul Maclean of Yog-Sothoth.com as they host this special Lovecraftian edition of QuizziQal, the fun fan culture quiz show from YSDC. This will be followed by a “Yog Meet” for site members (which may segue over to the nearby McCormick & Schmick’s bar). We look forward to seeing you there!
9:00 to Midnight-ish – ELDRITCH BALL – Biltmore Grand Ballroom, 17th floor
The return of the Eldritch Ball, with a very unique theme — Beyond the Mountains of Madness! Sure to be a night of epic adventure you won’t soon be able to forget! The ball is a fancy-dress, costume, masquerade, cosplay, semi-formal affair of Cyclopean scale. OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC ($30/ticket)
Tickets available HERE. The ticket cost for convention pass holders (including off-duty minions) is $22.50 advance / $25 at the door, and includes two drink tickets (21+ ID required for alcohol). The cost for limited number of general public tickets is $30 advance / $35 at the door. Sorry, only Golden Key and Guests of Honor get in free. Capacity is just 320 souls, so act fast, and be sure to pack your expedition-weight parka (yeah, right – please don’t do that – it’s August for gods’ sake!). More details soon.
SATURDAY – August 22
All day – Walking and Bus tours of Lovecraft sites around Providence – Separate ticket $7/13 available here.
9:00am to Midnight – Lovecraftian Gaming – Biltmore L’Apogee 18th floor, and LARPs at 95 Empire St. see separate schedule
Noon to Midnight (and beyond?) – Film Screenings – Providence Public Library and Black Box (95 Empire Street) – see separate schedule OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC ($5 for public)
5:30 to 6:30pm – The Lovecraft Comedy Quiz Show – Garden Room, Biltmore
Paul Maclean (Yog-Sothoth.com) queries Chad Fifer and Chris Lackey (HPPodcraft.com), and special two guests on this panel-style quiz show. How much do these folks really know about the world of Lovecraft? Not as much as you would hope!
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Monstrous Invisible theatrical presentation, hosted by Leeman Kessler (“Ask Lovecraft”) – Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St. 02903 OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC ($5 for public) A staged reading of Stephen Near’s play that explores the oft-overlooked and misunderstood relationship between Howard Lovecraft and Sonia Greene, starring Leeman Kessler (of “Ask Lovecraft” fame) and Starry Wizdom.
7:45pm – 9pm — RadioTheater NYC presentation of “The Horror at Red Hook,” “The Curse of Yig,” and “From Beyond” – Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St. 02903 OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC ($5 for public)
Now, in its 11th Season, the award-winning, critically acclaimed RADIOTHEATRE has produced over 80 live audio productions of classic Horror, Science Fiction and Adventure in NYC and on tour including 20+ Lovecraft stories. Don’t miss this live radio theater style triple feature of: “The Horror at Red Hook” (A detective in 1930s Brooklyn battles a murderous cult)…”From Beyond” (A mad scientist discovers an invisible dimension of creatures)… and… “The Curse of Yig” (The snake god seeks revenge)!
**Don’t forget all the film screenings – see separate listing!
9:00pm to 1:00am – EARTH, ELDER, ASSEMBLY of LIGHT CHOIR, and OWLFOOD – The Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway, 02903 OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC (see ticket pricing below)
An absolutely epic night of sonic upheaval and pulsating, swirling heaviness, featuring four remarkable acts in one of the most gorgeous settings we could hope for, the beautifully restored 1920s era Columbus Theater. Tickets on sale here, $15 for full-pass holders, $20 for general public in advance! Visit the facebook event page here!
9:00 to 10:00pm – Lovecraftian Trivia Night! – McCormick & Schmick’s, Biltmore, first floor OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC (free, 21+)
Our pal, Pete Rawlik, is a trivia master. Fortunately for you, you don’t have to compete against a team he’s on. Unfortunately, you have to compete against HIM. Pete pulls together a great collection of Lovecraft-related trivia, some fairly easy, some hard enough to even make S.T. Joshi whimper. Good news is we’re putting this on in a bar! So come lubricate your brain (Pete accepts whiskey bribes, by the way), and put it to work at the same time.
9:00 to 10:30pm – Necronomicon TV show live script reading – Black Box Theater, 95 Empire St. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ($5 for public)
A live reading of the pilot to a new TV show currently being pitched! Read by a select cast, this show is largely set in Providence, and promises to be a truly breakthrough show of eldritch proportions. Come listen in and share your thoughts with the writers and crew.
10:00 to 11:00pm – Innsmouth Sea Shanties! – McCormick & Schmick’s, Biltmore, first floor OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC (free, 21+)
The boys from the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society bring their finest singing voices, and expect you to croak and bleat along with all your favorite hits, such as Innsmouth Girls, Old Captain Obed, and everyone’s favorite – The Devil Reef Chanty! The boys are planning some extra special prizes for participation, so be sure to shamble on over for this fun time following Rawlik’s trivia hour.
SUNDAY – August 23
8:00 to 9:30am – CTHULHU PRAYER BREAKFAST – Grand Ballroom, Biltmore 17th Floor
The unholiest of cosmically unspeakable breakfasts, hosted by Hierophant Robert M. Price and Gate-Keeper Cody Goodfellow, with Darrell Schweitzer once again leading the Gold Key Choir. Separate ticketed event: $24.00 for general passholders – tickets on sale NOW via our eventbrite page. Golden Key and Silver Key members receive complimentary admission. Please note, this event overlaps with some morning panels and readings.
All day – Walking tours of Lovecraft sites around Providence – Separate ticket $7 available here
9:00am to 5:00pm – Lovecraftian Gaming – Biltmore L’Apogee 18th floor, and LARPs at 95 Empire St. – see separate schedule
Noon to 8:00pm – Film Screenings – Black Box (95 Empire Street) – see separate schedule OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC ($5 for public)
8:00pm to Midnight – NecronomiCon closing party – Aurora, 276 Westminster Street, Providence 02903 OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC (see pricing below)
Wrapping up NecronomiCon Providence this year, Story Laboratory is Providence’s newest monthly storytelling showcase at Aurora featuring some of the city’s best and brightest. Come watch them tell their tales from 8 o’clock until ten – the theme: “Truth, Weirder than Fiction.” Then stay afterwards for cocktails and music in the Vinyl Lounge presented by Analog Underground.
This is a curated set of tales, but talented storytellers are encouraged to get in touch with a story or idea – email@example.com. $1-10 sliding scale donation. Visit the facebook event page here!
9:00pm to 11:00pm – The Dunwich Horror PICTURE SHOW! – Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway, 02903 OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Come see the classic, 1970’s Dunwich Horror, in all its psychedelic weirdness, like you’ve NEVER seen it before. Come enjoy the nicest old theater in Providence! Come dressed as your favorite Whateley sibling and sing along with your favorite chants! Come spend your last few bucks on one of the last few Lovecraft ‘Gansetts left. Ticket prices $5 per person, in order to defray the necessary expense of renting this beautiful venue! Visit the facebook event page here!
And, that’s it!
Seriously. Go to bed, you crazy person.
the NecronomiCon Providence team