Happy B-Day, H. P.

Celebrate Providence's own master of weird fiction.

One hundred and twenty three years ago, the spirit of horror stirred in the body of a newborn boy. Author H.P. Lovecraft was a prolific twentieth-century writer who earned the grave epitaph "I am Providence" for crafting many of his cosmic tales on the city's East Side. Today, August 20, is his birthday.

To celebrate Lovecraft's legacy, thousands of weird fiction fans will flock to Providence for this week's NecromiCon. Lovecraftians will dance in costume at the Eldrich Ball; they'll descend on the basin for WaterFire; they'll even take over Hotel Providence and the Biltmore for panel discussions. Pick up the August issue of Rhode Island Monthly for a story featuring convention organizers Niels Hobbs and Carmen Marusich.

But before the crowds are summoned, celebrate his birthday week (if you get one, he gets one!) the right way with eerie horror films in a pitch-black theater. You'll see shorts based on Lovecraft tales as well as new concepts within the weird fiction genre. Here's the full lineup of films:

Tues., Aug. 20
7 p.m. HP Lovecraft Historical Society’s modern-classic silent send-up, The Call of Cthulhu, and selected Lovecraftian short films. $3 admission. Black Box Theater, 95 Empire, Providence.
10 p.m. “Psychedelic Lovecraft," a collage of mind-melding movies compiled by Frank Difficult. $3 admission. Black Box Theater, 95 Empire, Providence.

Wed., Aug. 21
8 p.m. Short films Transcendent, The Earth Rejects Him, The Shunned House and Stay At Home Dad. $3 admission. Black Box Theater, 95 Empire, Providence.
10 p.m. HP Lovecraft Film Festival's greatest hits! A collection of the HPLFF’s most worshipped shorts from past years. $3 admission. Black Box Theater, 95 Empire, Providence.

Thurs., Aug. 22
4 p.m. HP Lovecraft Film Festival's greatest hits! A collection of the HPLFF’s most worshipped shorts from past years. $3 admission. Black Box Theater, 95 Empire, Providence.
8 p.m. The Ancestor, a rare feature-length Lovecraft film by the late Dan O’Bannon (the writer for many famous films such as Alien and Total Recall). Based on the HPL story, “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.” This is playing with a special convention test-screening of the short film, Miskatonic University. $5 for the general public, free for convention-goers. RISD Auditorium, 7 Canal Walk, Providence.
10 p.m. HP Lovecraft Historical Society’s The Whisperer in Darkness feature-length film, in the darkest theater in the world, hosted by the lads themselves. $3 admission for the general public, free for convention-goers. Black Box Theater, 95 Empire, Providence.
Midnight The tenth anniversary screening of the animated Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, a truly surreal experience beyond the wall of sleep! $3 for the general public, free for convention-goers. Black Box Theater, 95 Empire, Providence.

Fri., Aug. 23
5 p.m. The haunting feature-length movie, The Thing on the Doorstep, paired with the short film The Curse of Yig. $3 admission for the general public, free for convention-goers. Black Box Theater, 95 Empire, Providence.
8 p.m. A 35 MM print of Stuart Gordon’s rarely-screened DAGON, hosted by the director himself, and paired with short film, The Captured Bird. $5 for the general public, free for convention-goers. RISD Auditorium, 7 Canal Walk, Providence.
Midnight A screening of the cult Lovecraft movie, Cthulhu Mansion. $3 admission for the general public, free for convention-goers. Black Box Theater, 95 Empire, Providence.

Sat., Aug. 24
4 p.m. The Ancestor, a rare feature-length Lovecraft film by the late Dan O’Bannon (the writer for many famous films such as Alien and Total Recall). Based on the HPL story, “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.” This is playing with a special convention test-screening of the short film, Miskatonic University. $5 for the general public, free for convention-goers. RISD Auditorium, 7 Canal Walk, Providence.
6 p.m. HP Lovecraft Film Festival's greatest hits! A collection of the HPLFF’s most worshipped shorts from past years. $3 admission. Black Box Theater, 95 Empire, Providence.
Midnight “Psychedelic Lovecraft," a collage of mind-melding movies compiled by Frank Difficult. $3 admission for the general public, free for convention-goers. Black Box Theater, 95 Empire, Providence.

Sun., Aug. 25
3 p.m. A 35 MM print of Stuart Gordon’s rarely-screened DAGON, hosted by the director himself, and paired with short film, The Captured Bird. $5 for the general public, free for convention-goers. RISD Auditorium, 7 Canal Walk, Providence.
5:30 p.m. Short films Transcendent, The Earth Rejects Him, The Shunned House and Stay At Home Dad. $3 admission. Black Box Theater, 95 Empire, Providence.

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