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Happy birthday to thehornedgod and baylorsr, and happy Father's Day to all of you who father (both literally and figuratively) children of all varieties (two-legged and four-legged)!

I am back from a busy but rewarding time lecturing at Brown University. The highlight of my week was my tour of Lovecraftian sites in Providence. I've uploaded my photos, including the following:

The H.P. Lovecraft Memorial Plaque at Brown University

The H.P. Lovecraft Memorial Plaque 2

The churchyard of St. John's Episcopal Church

St. John's Churchyard 12

"The Shunned House"

The Shunned House 3

View all of my pictures of Lovecraftian Providence here.

"Old Providence! It was this place and the mysterious forces of its long, continuous history which had brought him into being, and which had drawn him back toward marvels and secrets whose boundaries no prophet might fix. Here lay the arcana, wondrous or dreadful as the case might be, for which all his years of travel and application had been preparing him."
- H.P. Lovecraft, "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward"


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Jun. 15th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
That was exceptionally enjoyable. What a beautiful place with about as much visible history as it's possible to see in this country without digging in the ground. There are wonderful homes in Providence and it's so cool that they are all still there, even the one that was moved. You got some really good photography. I'm glad the weather cooperated.
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed the pictures. You're so right about Providence being exceptionally beautiful and jam-packed full of amazing history. I could find only two buildings related to Lovecraft and the history he referenced that weren't still standing. Isn't that amazing? I was very fortunate with the weather. I made the practice run of the tour on my own on Friday, which was in the seventies. The student tour was scheduled for Tuesday, which was in the upper nineties, but we were able to reschedule it for Thursday, when it was only in the low eighties, so that worked out very well. Thanks for letting me share the pictures with you!
Jun. 15th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
I love being happily surprised (and slightly mystified) by your Flickr updates--and THEN coming to Livejournal and reading what gives. Welcome back, dear. Glad it was a good trip!

And those photos are all totally awesome. Here lay the arcana, indeed. :D

Jun. 17th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
"Slightly mystified," indeed. I can only imagine! LOL! Thanks for letting me share this with you. I know you can well imagine how ridiculously fun this was for me. Providence rocks (and sometimes gibbers and screams, as well). Hugs to you!
Jun. 15th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
*much with the envy*
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
Awwww! :)
Jun. 17th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Jun. 15th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Hooray! Thanks for the great photographs. :o)
Perhaps now I should go read more Lovecraft so that I'll actually know what the cheese you're talking about all the time. Heh. As of right now I've only read The Color Out of Space, and I've listened to some of The Call of the Cthulhu...
*scuttles away*
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me share them with you!
The best "Providence-centric" stories are "The Shunned House," "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," "The Haunter of the Dark," and "The Call of Cthulhu," all of which are available here. I reread them before my trip, but now that I've seen the places in person, I want to reread them again!
Jun. 15th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
How wonderful! I love the Miskatonic U t-shirt, so appropriate.
Hm, we'll be in Connecticut for a few days after Mythcon. RI isn't that far away...
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for letting me share those pictures with you. I'm especially pleased that you liked the t-shirt!

You're right; Connecticut is very, very close... :)
Jun. 16th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Thank you, I've had a lovely day!
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad to hear it! :)
Jun. 16th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Amy, it looks like your walking tour went great! You've got some terrific photos there and your Google map was a really nice touch. I'm looking forward to being back in Providence in late July and again in October, though I don't yet know when I'll be moving there. Later!

Donovan K. Loucks
Webmaster, The H.P. Lovecraft Archive
Jun. 17th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! We had a great time. I plan to go back in the fall. Perhaps we'll be there at the same time? I really appreciate your support and encouragement with this. I hope all's well with you.
Jun. 17th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
Even the Shunned House might have trouble in today's housing market, as can be seen here.

Jun. 17th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
ROFLOL! That's brilliant.

It's a sad day when the ivy-covered scene of a triple homicide doesn't bring in the bidders.
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