Schedule

What’s on for the 125th anniversary?

In addition to the core programming at NecronomiCon Providence 2015 — panels, talks, author readings, and the like — we’re also planning an extensive amount of external programming, including a special WaterFire event, radio theater productions, Innsmouth sea shanty sing-a-longs, Lovecraftian trivia, small theatrical productions, as well as the usual walking tours, films, games, art, vendors, etc. Expect complete schedules to be announced over the coming months.

VENUES: Most of the core programming will be held at the Biltmore and Omni Hotels, with additional events held all over downtown Providence and adjacent College Hill sites. Details to be posted shortly.

Special evening performances and events include:

-Two special Dark Adventure Radio Theater productions by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
-A special Lovecraft radio theater production by the folks of RadioTheater NYC, for their first performance in Providence
-A reprise of two great one-man renderings of Lovecraft tales, “The Call of Cthulhu” and “The Sacrifice of Randolph Carter,” by David Neilsen
-A staged performance of a page from Lovecraft’s personal life, “Monstrous Invisible,” performed by Leeman Kessler (“Ask Lovecraft”), and written by Stephen Near

 

The Schedule of Panels and Talks

This section includes the schedule of talks, panels, author readings, and the like. As we draw closer to the convention, we will update this as details change.  We will also make available a detailed downloadable .pdf of the full core schedule as well as the schedule of external events for NecronomiCon Providence 2015.

Some adjustments may still occur, but this is essentially the final listing of panels including the likely line-up of panelists. IF you’re a panelist (or think you should be), please be sure to review this and let us know what you think; but please be kind and patient, and understanding of the myriad balancing acts that go into establishing such a comprehensive list of panels.

FRIDAY
9-10:15am

ARMITAGE SYMPOSIUM – Omni 1
Space and Place in the Lovecraftian Milieu  (for more information on the symposium, visit the main page)
·“The Sombreness of Decay: Lovecraft in Wilbraham, Massachusetts,” Christian Haunton, University of Nebraska, Omaha
·“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
·“Architecture in the Lovecraft Archive,” Pitetti, Connor

MIXING METAPHORS – Omni 2
Lovecraftian fiction is a very specific type of story, with a fairly solidified set of elements. How well can you mix these in with other solidified types of stories? Both mysteries and detective/noir tales have been popularly swirled with Lovecraftian elements. But what about westerns, romances, superheroes, or fantasy? Is there a type of story that clashes with Lovecraftian fiction? Recommend an author or a story that combines Lovecraft with another genre, or a name a mix you’d love to see!
Panelists: Don D’Ammassa, Stephen Jones, Darrell Schweitzer, Cody Goodfellow
Moderator: Peter Rawlik

LOVECRAFT 101 – Garden Room
Although many know about Cthulhu, not everyone knows a lot about the man behind the mythos: H.P. Lovecraft. Join us for an overview of the life and work of the gentleman from Providence, where many myths and misconceptions will be dispelled. Learn about his boyhood exploits as a member of a youthful “detective agency,” his lifelong devotion to cats, and many of his accomplishments that we are here to honor this weekend.
Panelists: Steve Mariconda, Robert Price, Leslie Klinger, Ross Lockhart
Moderator: Peter Cannon

RAMSEY CAMPBELL INTERVIEW – Grand Ballroom

VIRTUAL WALKING TOUR OF PROVIDENCE – L’Apogee
Lovecraft’s New England, part one – A “Virtual Walking Tour” of Lovecraft sites in Providence, lead by Donovan Loucks
Focusing on Lovecraft’s hometown, this presentation highlights thirty points of interest central to both Lovecraft’s life and work. Think of this as a “sitting tour” for those of you that aren’t able to make it on one of the walking tours!

10:30-11:45am

ARMITAGE SYMPOSIUM – Omni 1
“Pop goes the gent”: Lovecraft in popular culture
·“HP Lovecraft, True Detective, and the Artist-Investigator,” Heather Poirier, senior editor, Journal of Clinical Oncology
·“’The Undying Leaders’: Ultraterrestrial Demonologies, Cthulhoid Conspiracies and the Rise of Lovecraftian Parapolitics,” Justin Woodman, Goldsmiths College, University of London
·“Lovecraft for the Little Ones: Paranorman, Plushies, and More,” Faye Ringel and Jenna Randall, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Emerita & Independent Scholar

ART IN LOVECRAFT – Omni 2
How is art presented in Lovecraft’s fiction? How did art affect Lovecraft and influence his writing? How does it affect his characters?
Panelists: John Coulthart, Richard Sardinha, Robert Knox, Steve Gervais, Bob Eggleton
Moderator: Jason Eckhardt

ELDRITCH GAMING – Garden Room
Lovecraft’s mythology has a long history of adapting well into the world of gaming, be it video games or table tops. How did this start? Is there a type of game that works best at bringing Lovecraft’s world to life? Which games are still surviving, and which ones have lost popularity? If you’ve never played a Lovecraftian game, our panelists will also recommend their favorites, and good places to start!
Panelists: Scott Glancy, Sandy Petersen, Badger McInnes, Shane Ivey, Ken Hite
Moderator: Donovan Loucks

ROOTS OF HORROR IN H. P. LOVECRAFT – Grand Ballroom
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: Joe Pulver, Robert M. Price, Scott Conners, Leslie Klinger, John Langan
Moderator: Darrell Schweitzer

AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee

12-1:00pm – LUNCH

Miskatonic University Podcast LIVE – L’Apogee, Biltmore 17th Floor

1-2:15pm

ACADEMIC TALKS – Omni 1
Speakers TBA

THE ANNOTATIONS OF MADNESS – Omni 2
There are many different collections of Lovecraft’s work that are annotated, some incredibly extensively. What are the rewards of both reading and writing these annotations? What are the challenges? Where are good places to start, for both new fans and Lovecraftian veterans?
Panelists: Leslie Klinger, S.T. Joshi, Rusty Burke
Moderator: Donovan Loucks

LOVECRAFT: FAMILY MAN – Garden Room
Given Lovecraft’s own tumultuous childhood and family dynamics, what hope is there ever for a nuclear family in a Lovecraft story? Join us for a detailed look at Lovecraft’s own family relationships and the family dynamics that appear within his stories.
Panelists: Peter Cannon, Steve Mariconda, Scott Connors
Moderator: Alex Houstoun

NON-EUCLIDIAN SCIENCE – Grand Ballroom
Lovecraft was passionately interested in science. This transported over to his writing, as many of his stories are strongly based on scientific principles and methodology. This panels discusses Lovecraft’s many uses of science throughout his work, as well as how strongly that use holds up to examination.
Panelists: Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Fred Lubnow, Pete Rawlik, Dan Look, Jeff Shanks
Moderator: Niels Hobbs

AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee

2:30-3:45pm

ARMITAGE SYMPOSIUM – Omni 1
Human Subjects: Lovecraft and the disciplines (for more information on the symposium, visit the main page)
•“A Lawyer Looks at a ‘Layman’ Gentleman,” Jesús Emmanuel Navarro Stefanón, Founder Chairman of the Círculo de Lovecraft Puebla, Civil Association
•“The Lovecraftian Cosmos: How the Tales of H.P. Lovecraft can be interpreted through the Concepts of Modern Science,” Fred S. Lubnow
•“Lovecraft and Folkloric Methodology,” Ken Van Wey
•“Darwin and the Deep Ones: Anthropological and Evolutionary Anxiety in Lovecraft’s ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth’ and Other stories,” Jeffrey Shanks

AH-CULT! MAGICK IN ELDRITCH AND PRACTICE – Omni 2
“Magic” is a large part of Lovecraft’s writings even if it is not meant to be magic in the traditional sense. How did Lovecraft use the concepts of magic in his fiction? How close is it to ritual traditions? Is there a connection?
Panelists: Gavin Baddeley, Richard Gavin, Scott R. Jones, Richard Stanley
Moderator: Anthony Teth

LOVECRAFT: MAN OF LETTERS – Garden Room
Lovecraft is often described as one of the most prolific letter writers in the history of language. His letters number into the thousands and touch on virtually every subject known to man from literature to politics to science to economics and more. What can we learn about Lovecraft from his letters and should we?
Panelists: S.T. Joshi, Steve Mariconda, Leslie Klinger, Christopher Geissler
Moderator: Rusty Burke

LOVECRAFT AROUND THE WORLD – Grand Ballroom
Lovecraft was an American writer whose stories are very flavored by the native New England he loved. Posthumously, his stories have spread in popularity all over the world. What in his fiction is so universal, so resonating? What is added to Lovecraft’s legacy and mythology by it being adapted and translated? Is anything lost? Which mythos films, artwork, anime, and stories from other countries should fans be looking for?
Panelists: Leeman Kessler, Stephen Jones, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Ramsey Campbell, Martin Andersson, Jesús Navarro Stefanón
Moderator: Paul Maclean

AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee
A presentation of Pulp Macabre: The Art of Lee Brown Coye’s Final and Darkest Days by authors Mike Hunchback and Caleb Braaten.

4-5:15pm

ARMITAGE SYMPOSIUM – Omni 1
The Language of Lovecraft
·“Insider, outsider – from the commonplace to the uncanny in Lovecraft’s narration and descriptions,” Daphnée Tasia Bourdages-Athanassiou, Université Laval, Quebec City
·“Half-Limitless in Starlit Night: H.P. Lovecraft’s Vision,” Joe Fritsch, Poet and Critic, Brooklyn, NY
·“Terrores innombrables: Lovecraft and the Hispanic World,” Juan L. Perez-de-Luque, University of Cordoba, Spain
·“Divers Observations on H. P. Lovecraft’s Names and Name-Building,” Steve Walker, Fanzine founder and speaker

MAKE A SANITY ROLL – Omni 2
Call of Cthulhu is one of the world’s most popular role-playing games ever published. But with so many expansions and additions, it can be confusing knowing where to start. At this panel, learn about the top 10 CoC beginner scenarios, how they can help you learn the game and, most important, keep your sanity!
Panelists: Shane Ivey, Adam Scott Glancy, Mike Mason, Jeffrey Moeller, David Nickle
Moderator: Oscar Rios

MAD PIPING – Garden Room
Lovecraft’s influence extends to all corners of art and fiction, even music. Many bands, both past and present, utilize Lovecraft’s fiction in their lyrics, but does the music itself count as Lovecraftian? How do you create music with a Lovecraftian feel? Are there types of music that work well at conveying a Lovecraftian sense of dread, or types that do not?
Panelists: Reber Clark, Troy Sterling Nies, Chad Fifer, Jason Wallach, Nathan Carson
Moderator: Jason V. Brock

NEW WEIRD – Grand Ballroom
The “new weird” is a literary genre that began in the 1990s and is known for breaking down the barriers between fantasy, science fiction, and horror. While Lovecraft and other early weird authors had some notable influence on this genre, it has proven a powerful entity unto itself with many writers of new weird fiction like China Mieville and Jeff VanderMeer and numerous others – including members of this panel! What are the challenges and rewards of subverting genre cliches? What are the challenges and rewards of mixing different elements of speculative fiction? Who are some of the best new weird fiction writers today? How can more diverse voices be encouraged and diverse fans be included?
Panelists: Vincent O’Neil, Caitlin Kiernan, Lois Gresh, Joe Pulver, Jeffrey Thomas, Scott Nicolay
Moderator: Anya Martin

AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee

5:30-6:45pm

INSANITY IS A SANE REACTION – Omni 1
Insanity, or the seemingly inevitable path toward it, seems to be a common pattern in Lovecraft’s stories. How (and why) did Lovecraft employ this common theme, and what might this say about his own psychology? And, why does his writing appeal so much to society’s “outsiders”? This panel explores the aspects of Lovecraft’s fiction that set it, and us, apart.
Panelists: Joseph Zannella, Kenneth Heard, Shane Ivey, Damien Angelica Walters
Moderator: Jack Haringa

OCCULT DETECTIVES – Omni 2
Murder! Mystery! Cthulhu? For decades writers have created that most unlikely of characters: the occult detective. These intrepid souls investigate cases of hauntings, curses, and murders to expose the frauds, and be amazed at the supernatural. From Algernon Blackwood’s John Silence to William Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki the Ghost-Finder, to Brian Lumley’s Titus Crow, these characters have stunned and amazed readers for over a hundred years. Join our talented panelists as they talk about some of the best examples of this odd genre mash-up, and why some work but others don’t.
Panelists: Sam Gafford, Darrell Schweitzer, Robert Waugh, Cody Goodfellow
Moderator: Robert M. Price

AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee

SATURDAY
9-10:15am

ARMITAGE SYMPOSIUM – Omni 1
(Re)considering the mythos (for more information on the symposium, visit the main page)
•“Color out of Mind: Correlating the Cthulhu Mythos to the Autism Disorder Spectrum,” Lars G Backstrom
•“Reordering the Universe: H.P. Lovecraft’s Subversion of the Biblical Divine,” Jess Weise
•“From Crawling Chaos to Elder Things: Mythic Evolution in Weird Fiction,” Anthony Conrad Chieffalo
•“The Arcane and The Rational: Lovecraft’s Development of a Unique Mythos,” D. Allen Crowley, Willoughby, OH

FOR THE SMALL ARE LARGE – Omni 2
Small press publishers are continuing to make a great impact in the weird fiction market and are now some of the most interesting publishers to watch. What does it take to run a small press? What are some of the joys and terrors in being a small press publisher? Our illustrious panelists talk about why they do it and what they have planned for the future.
Panelists: Derrick Hussey, Mike Davis, Jason V. Brock, Charles Danny Lovecraft, Ross Lockhart, Dwayne Olson
Moderator: Tom Lynch

ONLY IN DREAMS – Garden Room
An examination of Lovecraft’s Dreamlands and the characters, creations, and places therein.
Panelists: Jason Thompson, Richard Gavin, Dan Mills, Cody Goodfellow, John Langan
Moderator: Simon Strantzas

LOVECRAFT: A CRITICAL HISTORY – Grand Ballroom
Today Lovecraft is recognized as one of America’s most powerful literary voices, but this was not always the case. For decades, Lovecraft was maligned and debased by critics like Edmund Wilson. This panel discusses the history of the critical appreciation of Lovecraft and the challenges facing it today.
Panelists: S.T. Joshi, Peter Cannon, Steve Mariconda
Moderator: Robert Price

BOOK LAUNCH and AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee  (NOTE: this program runs until 11am)
Innsmouth Nightmares & Cult of the Dead, two book author readings and discussions
Innsmouth Nightmares features original stories by leading writers of weird fiction, including John Shirley, Lavie Tidhar, Laird Barron, Paul Kane, Tim Lebbon, Richard Gavin, Steve Rasnic Tem, Wilum H. Pugmire, John Langan, Joe Pulver, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Bill Nolan, Jim Moore, S.T. Joshi, and many more. This is an all-star lineup of The Weird edited by Lois H. Gresh. Cult of the Dead is a special collection of Lois’ weird stories with an Introduction by S.T. Joshi, who writes, “Over the last decade or so, Lois H. Gresh has done some of the most scintillating work of any contemporary writer of imaginative fiction.”
Copies of both books will be available for sale and signing at this session, Snacks provided! Readings and discussion with Lois H. Gresh, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Laird Barron, William F. Nolan, Richard Gavin, S.T. Joshi, Joe Pulver, Jim Moore, Jason V. Brock, Jonathan Thomas, and more

10:30-11:45am

ARMITAGE SYMPOSIUM – Omni 1
Beyond the Lovecraft Circle
·“A Closet Quetzalcoatl: Intimations of HPL and Same Sex Desire in R.H. Barlow’s ‘The Wind That Is in the Grass’”, Jarett Kobek, Independent Scholar, Los Angeles, CA
·“The Derleth Mythos: Literary Evidence of Weird Realism,” Daniel Rottenberg
·“Stylometry and Collaborative Authorship: Eddy, Lovecraft, and ‘The Loved Dead’”, Alex Gladwin
·“It was from the artists and poets that the pertinent answers came’: Shared Authorship in the Discourse Community of the Lovecraft Circle,” Nicole Emmelhainz, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia

OH, THE TENTACLES! – Omni 2
The ubiquitous Lovecraft tentacles! Tentacles have become the go-to element of Lovecraftian art. As much as we love them, there is so much more to depict in Lovecraft’s fictional universe. What are other Lovecraftian artistic elements? How do you convey Lovecraftian dread and terror in a piece of artwork? What would you like to see more of in Lovecraft-inspired art?
Panelists: Lauren Panepinto, Joel Harlow, Jason Eckhart, Allen Koszowski, Steve Gervais, Michael Bukowski
Moderator: Robert Knox

MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN MOVIE – Garden Room
Technology has changed so drastically in the last ten years that it is almost possible for anyone to make their own movie. Do you want to make a Lovecraftian movie? Come to this panel and find out how! We’ll discuss the concepts of funding, producing, social media, and distribution even for those with virtually no budget.
Panelist: Sean Branney, Andrew Migliore, Mallory O’Meara, Mars Homeworld, Izzy Lee
Moderator: Phil Gelatt

SECONDHAND MYTHOS – Grand Ballroom
Derleth! Bloch! Long! Lumley! Campbell! Ligotti! Carter! These writers, and many more, were the early standard-bearers for Lovecraft’s mythos. That considered, did they get it right? Which writers captured Lovecraft’s myth-cycle well and, perhaps more important, which did not? Join us as we discuss these authors and their contributions to Lovecraft’s mythos.
Panelists: Darrell Schweitzer, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Jones, Cody Goodfellow
Moderator: Robert M. Price

AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee

12-1:00pm – LUNCH

HPL Literary Podcast LIVE – L’Apogee, Biltmore 17th floor

1-2:15pm

ACADEMIC TALKS – Omni 1
Speakers TBA

FORBIDDEN KNOWLEDGE – Omni 2
We all know the scene: investigator finds ancient book of forbidden knowledge that unleashes evil and terror upon the world. Lovecraft created the most sinister of them all with the NECRONOMICON but there are many more as well. Enough to equip a library of ‘forbidden knowledge’. Do you know who created “Nameless Cults”? Or ‘The Book of Eibon’? Join us for a bibliophile’s delight, or NIGHTMARE, as we chart the best and worst of these forbidden tomes.
Panelists: Robert M. Price, Will Murray, Sean Hoade
Moderator: Pete Rawlik

LOVECRAFT’S NARRATORS – Garden Room
Much of Lovecraft’s fiction is written in the first person, but how reliable are these narrators? What kind of world do they reflect? This panel examines Lovecraft’s use of this literary aspect and whether it helps or hurts the themes of his stories.
Panelists: Steve Mariconda, Robert Waugh, Ramsey Campbell, John Langan
Moderator: Alex Houstoun

SHE WALKS IN SHADOWS NO MORE – Grand Ballroom
Many of the most unique and powerful voices in weird fiction belong to women! Although once looked upon incorrectly as a white man’s genre, weird fiction has a long tradition of women writers, and that tradition continues today. Join us in celebrating these talented authors, and find out why they write Lovecraftian fiction.
Panelists: Caitlin Kiernan, Ann Schwader, Lois Gresh, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Anya Martin
Moderator: Faye Ringel

AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee

2:30-3:45pm

ARMITAGE SYMPOSIUM – Omni 1
Panel discussion: Lovecraft and Ancient Rome (for more information on the symposium, visit the main page)
·Sean Moreland, University of Ottawa
·Byron Nakamura, Southern Connecticut State University
·Dennis Quinn, Cal Poly Pomona

VISIONS OF TERROR – Omni 2
Lovecraft at the movies! What are the challenges and rewards of bringing Lovecraftian mythos to a film? What are the challenges and rewards of creating a film with a Lovecraftian “feel” and elements? Is it possible to create an appealing and satisfying film that is also an accurate Lovecraft adaptation?
Panelists: Frank Woodward, Mark Finn, Lee Joyner, Richard Stanley, Kevin McTurk
Moderator: Mallory O’Meara

WAYBACK MACHINE – Garden Room
Climb into NecronomiCon’s own time machine and travel back to those thrilling days of yesteryear when the NecronomiCon conventions were new! See dazzling footage of the early conventions with guests like Robert Bloch, Gahan Wilson, and more. Stare in amazement at embarrassing antics and foolish folly!
Panelists: Pierre Comtois, Darrell Schweitzer, Ron Zimmerman, Robert Knox, Robert Price
Moderator: The joey Zone

CHAMBERS AND “THE KING IN YELLOW” – Grand Ballroom
Thanks to the television show True Detective, and the work of Chambers enthusiasts like Joe Pulver, this long-forgotten writer is better known than ever before. But what EXACTLY is “The King in Yellow” and why is it important? This panel discusses Chambers’ trail-blazing book, its effect on Lovecraft, and why it is gaining more readers today.
Pane
lists: Joseph Pulver, Daniel Mills, Richard Lai, Dominique Lamssies, Tom Lynch
Moderator: Alex Houstoun

AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee

4:00-5:15pm

ARMITAGE SYMPOSIUM – Omni 1
Lovecraft and the aesthetic experience
·“The Music of ‘Erich Zann”, Phillip Chang
·“’The Inside’ of H.P. Lovecraft’s Supernatural Horror in the Visual Arts,” Nathaniel Wallace, Athens, OH
·”The Suffering Intellect: HP Lovecraft’s Weird Epistemology, ” Daniel Holmes, Villanova University,
·“Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth: An Aesthetics Analysis of the Construction of Fear,” Lucas Nóbrega, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

MECHANICS OF FEAR – Omni 2
Lovecraft wrote all sorts of terrifying tales. But how do you scare someone? What is horror, as opposed to terror, in a piece of fiction? What are different types of scary stories? Are there elements of a horror story that are guaranteed to make the reader sleep with the lights on?
Panelists: Lois Gresh, Stephen Jones, Caitlin Kiernan, Damien Angelica Walters
Moderator: Don D’Ammassa

TWO-GUN BOB RIDES AGAIN! – Garden Room
Robert E. Howard was one of the most popular writers in Weird Tales with his pulse-pounding stories of Conan, Solomon Kane, Kull, and many more. But Howard was also close friends with Lovecraft despite the wide difference in their upbringings and philosophies. Join us at this epic panel to learn more about Robert E. Howard, his contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos, correspondence with Lovecraft, and how Howard’s work remains so vibrant and powerful so many decades later.
Panelists: Jeff Shanks, Rusty Burke, Mark Finn
Moderator: Scott Connors

LOVECRAFT AND RACISM: MOVING PAST THE HOWIES – Grand Ballroom
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: Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Morgan Grefe, Faye Ringel, David Nickle
Moderator: Niels Hobbs

BOOK LAUNCH and AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee
Aickman’s Heirs author readings and discussion
Aickman’s Heirs is an anthology of strange, weird tales by modern visionaries of weird fiction in the milieu of Robert Aickman, the master of strange and weird tales. Join editor Simon Strantzas and contributors Michael Cisco, Richard Gavin, John Langan, David Nickle, Daniel Mills, and Michael Wehunt for short readings, snacks, and a book signing.

5:30-6:45pm

SCULPTING THE INDESCRIBABLE – Omni 1
Many of Lovecraft’s beastie creations are called “unnamable, indescribable, maddening.” How do you bring that to three dimensions, be it in make-up or a sculpture? What is the creative process like to sculpt something not of this world, or this dimension? How much is Lovecraft’s description, and how much is something pulled from the mind of the artist?
Panelists: Lee Joyner, Bryan Moore, Joel Harlow, Jason McKittrick, Dave Snyder, Joe Broers
Moderator: Gage Prentiss

ANTARCTICA! – Omni 2
“At the Mountains of Madness” is widely considered one of Lovecraft’s greatest, if not most ambitious, stories, and for good reason. Our panelists will attempt to tackle everything going on in this novella that makes it such a success: the incredible detail to scientific accuracy, the Antarctic setting, the philosophical connotations, etc.
Panelists: Peter Cannon, Jason Eckhardt, Robert Waugh, Jack Haringa, Michael Bukowski
Moderator: Alex Houstoun

AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee

SUNDAY
8-9:30

CTHULHU PRAYER BREAKFAST – Grand Ballroom
The unholiest of unspeakable brunches, hosted by Hierophant Robert M. Price and Cody Goodfellow. Separate ticketed event

9-10:15am

ARMITAGE SYMPOSIUM – Omni 1
Philosophical aspects of Lovecraft’s fiction (for more information on the symposium, visit the main page)
•“’Shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles’: H.P. Lovecraft and the Plasticity of Users and Tools,” Jason Ray Carney, Christopher Newport University
•“H.P. Lovecraft and the Dimensions of Speculation,” Anthony Camara, UCLA
•“H.P. Lovecraft’s Optimism,” Matthew Beach
•“Lovecraft, Rand and the Abyss of Opportunity,” Rolf Maurer

CLARK ASHTON SMITH – Omni 2
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 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, S.T. Joshi, Will Murray, Jack Haringa, William C. Farmer

MAKE YOUR OWN MADNESS – Garden Room
Lovecraft-based games continue to increase in popularity. Chaosium’s seminal RPG, Call of Cthulhu, remains one of the most popular role-playing games ever, even decades after it was first created. Learn the tricks on how to create a role-playing game that will rival Lovecraft’s stories and have your players begging for more, even as their sanity melts away!
Panelists: Sandy Petersen, Badger McInnes, Mike Mason, Shane Ivey
Moderator: Jason Thompson

AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee
C is for Cthulhu, an introduction to getting your child started with the Mythos.

10:30-11:45am

ARMITAGE SYMPOSIUM – Omni 1
In the dark manner of others: Lovecraft in literary context
·“Mythapproptiation: H. P. Lovecraft and the Works of Alan Moore,” Christian Hounton, University of Nebraska-Omaha
·“Rarebit Dreamers: the Poetics of Lovecraft, Poe, and Winsor McCay,” Miles Tittle, University of Ottawa, Ontario
·“Searchers after Horror: H. P. Lovecraft contra M. R. James,” Jerry C. Drake
·“H.P. Lovecraft and Georges Bataille: One Crawling Chaos Seen Emerging from Opposite Shores,” Christian Roy

LORD DUNSANY – Omni 2
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: S.T. Joshi, Darrell Schweitzer, Martin Andersson, Faye Ringel
Moderator: Jason Thompson

ON LOVECRAFT AND PHILOSOPHY – Garden Room
Just what is “cosmicism” and where does it fit into the philosophical realm? For all of his professed loathing of modernists, Lovecraft used his fiction to push some radically modern (if not post-modern) ideas. Panelists will attempt to tackle the “pessimism”–this is hardly an appropriate word–of Lovecraft’s cosmic horror, as well as place it within the greater context of the evolution of 20th-century thought.
Panelists: Michael Cisco, Andrew Migliore, Mike Davis, Sean Hoade
Moderator: Alex Houstoun

FUTURE OF WEIRD FICTION – Grand Ballroom
What is the future of weird fiction? Is it chained too strongly to the ghost of Lovecraft or can it still explore new vistas of horror? This panel discusses the current state of weird fiction today and where it might go in the future. Or, is there NO future?
Panelists: Simon Strantzas, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Joe Pulver, Laird Barron, Mike Griffin
Moderator: S.J. Bagley

AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee

12-1:00pm – LUNCH

Lovecraft eZine podcast LIVE – L’Apogee

1-2:15pm

ACADEMIC TALKS – Omni 1
Speakers TBA

NAMELESS RHYMES – Omni 2
Poetry was an important part of Lovecraft’s life and “weird poetry” is a growing trend today. There are many writers who dabble in the poems of the weird and still more who make it their singular creative focus. What is the history of weird poetry, and what makes a poem weird? Our panelists debate this issue and what it means to write weird poetry in the 21st century.
Panelists: Ann Schwader, Fred Phillips, Thomas Broadbent, Derrick Hussey, Charles Danny Lovecraft, Adam Bolivar
Moderator: Jason V. Brock

THE LITTLE TERRORS – Garden Room
Once upon a time, back in the mists of forgotten ages, there were these things called pulps and fanzines. While quite different in their origins, these low-budget publications provided the market for the first sales by writers like Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, and others. Through the years, these became more professional and slick. But they, and the burgeoning field of small press, were the backbone of fandom and kept weird fiction alive. The panelists discuss the wide history of these publications, their importance then and now, and the recent resurgence in pulp writing.
Panelists: Will Murray, Darrell Schweitzer, Richard Lai, Leslie Klinger, Jeff Shanks, William F. Nolan
Moderator: Scott Connors

RELIGION IN LOVECRAFT – Grand Ballroom
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: S.T. Joshi, Steve Mariconda, Scott R. Jones, Ross Lockhart
Moderator: Robert M. Price

AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee

2:30-3:45pm

WRITING THE MYTHOS – Omni 2
Mythos and Lovecraftian fiction is bigger and more popular than ever before. What makes a story “Lovecraftian,” and how can a writer make a unique and powerful contribution to this ever-growing genre? Our panel of legendary writers show how they did it and which steps new writers should avoid.
Panelists: Joe Pulver, Darrell Schweitzer, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Rawlik, Lois Gresh, Laird Barron
Moderator: Mike Davis

LOVECRAFT AS SCI-FI WRITER – Garden Room
Often, Lovecraft is described as being the innovator of weird science fiction because of his use of science in his stories. How does Lovecraft compare to other science fiction writers? What impa
ct, if any, has Lovecraft had on the science fiction genre?
Panelists: Jason V. Brock, Leslie Klinger, Robert M. Price, Ann K Schwader, William F. Nolan
Moderator: Brian Callahan

NEW ENGLAND GOTHIC – Grand Ballroom
New England has a long tradition in Gothic literature. From Hawthorne to Poe to 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: Barton Levi St. Armand, Kenneth Hite, Faye Ringel, Thomas Broadbent, John Langan
Moderator: Rory Raven

AUTHOR READINGS – L’Apogee

4:00-5:00pm

LOOKING FORWARD…
A final chat with some of the organizers of NecronomiCon Providence and friends, looking back at the convention and discussing future plans.