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NecronomiCon Providence 2013

August 22–25, 2013
Providence, Rhode Island
at the Providence Biltmore and Hotel Providence


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Guests of Honor

S.T. Joshi (our Revered Scholar), Robert M. Price (our Hierophant), Wilum H. Pugmire (our Poet Laureate), Stuart Gordon (Special Guest Filmmaker), Laird Barron (Special Guest Author), Caitlin R. Kiernan (Special Guest Author), and Sandy Petersen (Special Guest Gamester).

Guests

Scholarship: James Anderson; Henry Beckwith; Peter Cannon; John Carlson; Scott Connors; Ken Faig, Jr.; Sam Gafford; C. Morgan Grefe; Gary Hill; Alex Houstoun; Rachel Klima; Leslie Klinger; Donovan Loucks; Fred Lubnow; Steve Mariconda; Will Murray; Rory Raven; Marc Ricciardi; Faye Ringel; Darrell Schweitzer; Michael Umbricht; Robert Waugh; and Sarah Zurier.
Emerging Scholarship Symposium Presenters: Lars G.E. Backstrom, Kristine Beskin, Anthony Camara, Jason Ray Carney, Anthony Conrad Chieffalo, James Depew, Lyle Enright, Dave Goudsward, Perry Niel Harrison, Christian Haunton, Alex Houstoun, Daniel Holmes, Cody Jones, Kenneth Lai, Andrew Lenoir, Dennis P. Quinn, Zack Rearick, Marc Ricciardi, Jesus Emmanuel Navarro-Stefanon, Andy Troy, Stephen Walker, Cory Willard, and Justin Woodman.
Writing: S. J. Chambers, Don D’Ammassa, Paul Di Filippo, Chad Fifer, Alan Dean Foster, Richard Gavin, Lois Gresh, Mike Griffin, J.R. Hamantaschen, Dan Harms, C.J. Henderson, Chris Lackey, John Langan, Livia Llewellyn, Daniel Mills, Vincent O’Neil, Joe Pulver, Peter Rawlik, Brett Rutherford, Simon Strantzas, Jeffrey Thomas, and Jonathan Thomas.
Publishing: Pierre Comtois, Michael Davis, Stefan Dziemianowicz, Richard Gavin, Cody Goodfellow, Derrick Hussey, Shane Ivey, Tom Lynch, Leslie Thomas, Jerad Walters, and Dennis Weiler.
Games: Jeff Carey, Bob Dosdourian, A. Scott Glancy, Charlie Krank, Andre Kruppa, Penelope Love, Badger McInnes, Mark Morrison, and Oscar Rios.
Visual arts: Joe Broers, Jason Eckhardt, Bob Eggleton, Steve Gervais, Nick Gucker, Lee Joyner, Dean Kuhta, Robert Knox, Allen Koszowski, Larry Latham, Jason McKittrick, Bryan Moore, Liv Rainey-Smith, Lance Thingmaker, Jason Thompson, and The joey Zone.
Films and music: Sean Branney, Jason V Brock, Sunni Brock, Brian Callahan, Gwen Callahan, Noel Figart, Tom Gliserman, Mary Jane Hansen, Mars Homeworld, Leeman Kessler, Ryan K. Johnson, Andrew Leman, Edward Martin III, Katrina L. Martin, Andrew Migliore, Troy Sterling Nies, Diane O’Bannon, Dennis Paoli, Carolyn Purdy Gordon, Will Severin, Aaron Vanek, Jovanka Vuckovic, and Kelly Young.

Team Roster

Thomas Broadbent, Jimmy James Caruso, Frank Difficult, Maureen DiMaggio, Bob Dosdourian, Jason Eckhardt, Sam Gafford, Jay Gidwitz, Josh Gravel, Niels-Viggo Hobbs, Carl Johnson, Cheryl LeBeau, Scott LeFebvre, Donovan Loucks, Carmen Marusich, Mitchell McArtor, Brian Mullen, Matthew Oliva, Gage Prentiss, John Richard, Christina Rodriguez, Brett Rutherford, Erica Saladino, Jessica Saniuk, John Sefel, Joey Shea, Anthony Teth, Lance Thingmaker, Rob Zannini, and Tom Zannini.

Commentaries, Press, and Other Links

Programming Schedule

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Children’s Literacy Program Presentation (Rochambeau Library)
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Open House (Ladd Observatory)
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – The Call of Cthulhu and selected shorts (Black Box Theater)
10:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight – H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Greatest Hits! (Black Box Theater)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – HPL: I Am Providence (Beckwith; Providence Art Club; video)
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Open mic reading of “The Dreams in the Witch House” (Ada Books)
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Short films Transcendent, The Earth Rejects Him, The Shunned House, and more (Black Box Theater)
10:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight – H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Greatest Hits! (Black Box Theater)

Thursday, August 22, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour by the Rhode Island Historical Society (John Brown House)
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Workshop: Let’s Make a Movie! Welcome to the Unspeakable Machine (95 Empire Street)
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Providence Black Heritage Walking Tour (Rhode Island Black Heritage Society)
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – A Celebration Commemorating the S.T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellowship (John D. Rockefeller Library)
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Greatest Hits! (Black Box Theater)
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Convention Keynote Address by S.T. Joshi (First Baptist Church; video 1 and video 2)
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Lovecraft Bronze Bust Unveiling (Providence Athenaeum; video)
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Ars Necronomica Reception (Cohen Gallery and Providence Art Club)
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Open House (Ladd Observatory)
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – The Ancestor and Miskatonic University (RISD Auditorium)
9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – The Black Lodge (The Red Fez; private party)
10:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight – The Whisperer in Darkness and Stay at Home Dad (Black Box Theater)
12:00 midnight to 2:00 a.m. – The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (Black Box Theater)

Day of Friday, August 23, 2013
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Biltmore, Grand Ballroom   Introduction to H.P. Lovecraft
(Goodfellow, Joshi, Mariconda, Price, and Waugh)
Necronomicon Press: A Look Back
(Eckhardt, Gafford, Joshi, and Price; audio part 1, audio part 2, and audio part 3)
Lunch HPL: A Life
(Cannon, Faig, Joshi, and Klinger)
The Cinematic Lovecraft
(Broadbent, Gordon, Homeworld, Migliore, O’Bannon, Vanek, and Vuckovic)
HPL’s Phobias: Race, Class, and the “Outsider”
(Cannon, Connors, Gresh, Price, and Raven; video)
Biltmore, Garden Room ESS – Forbidden Knowledge in 19th & 20th Century Modernism
(Chieffalo, Troy, Beskin, and Lenoir)*
ESS – Comparative Literature; Monsters and Dystopias
(Ricciardi, Camara, Backstrom, and Haunton)*
ESS – Antiquarian Aesthetics
(Lai, Harrison, and Goudsward)*
Lunch Academics Talks: Astronomy, History, Planetary Geology
(Carlson, Klima, and Grefe)*
HPL’s Providence and Arkham
(Joshi, Kiernan, Loucks, Mariconda, Murray, and Ringel; video)
Rhode Island Horror
(Anderson, Eggleton, Gervais, Kiernan, Rutherford, and Thomas)
Biltmore, L’Apogee   Lovecraft’s New England, Part 1
(Loucks)
Ask Lovecraft
(Kessler; video)
Lunch Lovecraft’s New England, Part 2
(Loucks)
Author Readings
(Pugmire and Brock)
Innsmouth Poets’ Pool
Hotel Providence, Thurber Ballroom   Cthulhu’s Critical Hit: History of Lovecraft Gaming
(Glancy, Krank, Love, Lynch, Morrison, and Petersen)
Writing Mythos Fiction Today
(Barron, Davis, Foster, Pugmire, Pulver, and Rawlik)
Lunch Gaming Terror: How to Write/Run an HPL Game
(Glancy, Krank, Lynch, Morrison, Petersen, and Rios)
HPL Online
(Davis, Fifer, Houstoun, and Kessler)
Small Press Today
(Brock, Comtois, Hussey, Lynch, Walters, and Young)
Various Locations   Walking Tour
(Matthew Paquin)
  Workshop: Let’s Make a Movie!
(95 Empire)
Walking Tour
(Darrell Schweitzer)
  Walking Tour
(Jason Eckhardt)
 

Details of above panels
  • Emerging Scholarship Symposium – Forbidden Knowledge in 19th & 20th Century Modernism
    • Poe, Lovecraft, and “The Uncanny”: The Horror of the Self (Chieffalo; thesis)
    • “A Stalking Monster”: The Influence of Radiation Poisoning on Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space” (Troy)
    • “Nomad of the Dreamlands”: The Impact of Early Inter-Dimensional Theory and Lucid Dreaming on the Mythos ‘Dream Cycle’ (Beskin)
    • Dead Lies Dreaming: H.P. Lovecraft and the Other Side of Modernity (Lenoir)
  • Emerging Scholarship Symposium – Comparative Literature; Monsters and Dystopias
    • Lovecraftian Milton: Ancient Entities and Demonisms in the Miltonic Cosmos (Ricciardi)
    • Weird Cosmodemonology: Tapping Into the Infernal Energy of Algernon Blackwood’s “The Wendigo” (Camara)
    • The failed promises of rationality: Sam J. Lundwall on the individual lost in an uncaring and soulless world (Backstrom)
    • Xenophobia, Atheism, and Tentacles: The Slender Man Myth as Communal Lovecraftian Tale (Haunton)
  • Emerging Scholarship Symposium – Antiquarian Aesthetics
    • New England’s Curator: Colonial Revival in the works of Lovecraft (Lai)
    • Lovecraft, Fear, and the Medieval Body Frame (Harrison)
    • Lovecraft and the Great Altar Stones of New England (Goudsward)
  • Academics Talks: Astronomy, History, Planetary Geology
    • Cthulhu? Who knew? New Clues to his Name and “Nature” from Pre-Columbian Art and Cosmovision (Carlson)
    • Lovecraft Crater and Beyond, the Weird Worlds of our Solar System (Klima)
    • By the Cask or Smaller Quantity: Providence’s Waterfront and the World the Merchants Made (Grefe; video)

Evening of Friday, August 23, 2013
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – The Thing on the Doorstep and The Curse of Yig (Black Box Theater)
5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society: Dark Adventure Radio Theatre (Hotel Providence, Thurber Ballroom)
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Private Reception for all guests and Golden Key members (Biltmore, L’Apogee)
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Dagon and The Captured Bird (RISD Auditorium)
9:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight – Eldritch Ball (Biltmore, Grand Ballroom)
12:00 midnight to 2:00 a.m. – Cthulhu Mansion (Black Box Theater)

Day of Saturday, August 24, 2013
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Biltmore, Grand Ballroom   History of Lovecraft Literary Criticism
(Cannon, Joshi, and Mariconda)
Lovecraft’s Literary Influences
(Joshi, Paoli, Pugmire, Pulver, Ringel, Schweitzer, and Waugh)
Lunch S.T. Joshi Interview
(Joshi and Mariconda)
HPL All-Stars
(Brock, Cannon, Faig, Joshi, Mariconda, and Price)
 
Biltmore, Garden Room ESS – What’s Love (and sex, and art, and humor) got to do with it?
(Rearick, Walker, Navarro-Stefanon, and Carney)*
ESS – Lovecraft in Late- and Post-Modern Studies
(Houstoun, Enright, Holmes, and Willard)*
ESS – Beyond the Esoteric Order: Gaia, Churches, and Aliens, oh my!
(Woodman, Jones, and Quinn)*
Lunch The New Weird
(Barron, Brock, Gavin, Gresh, Pulver, Rawlik, and Thomas)
 
Biltmore, L’Apogee   Author Readings
(Barron and Pulver)
Author Readings
(Thomas and Gresh)
Lunch Innsmouth Poets’ Pool Author Readings
(Kiernan and Langan)
 
Hotel Providence, Thurber Ballroom   The Unnameable Horror
(Branney, Eckhardt, Eggleton, Gordon, Knox, Koszowski, Leman, and Pugmire)
Shoot It! How Do You Make an HPL Film?
(Branney, Gliserman, Gordon, Homeworld, Lackey, Leman, and Vuckovic)
Lunch The Cthulhu Mythos
(Davis, Goodfellow, Lynch, Murray, and Price; video)
Four Color Horror: HPL in Comics
(Knox, Latham, Murray, Thompson, and Young)
Writing Mythos Fiction Today, Part Two
(Gresh, Hamantaschen, Mills, O’Neil, Strantzas, and Thomas)
Various Locations   Walking Tour
(Donovan Loucks)
  Workshop: Let’s Make a Movie!
(95 Empire)
 
  Walking Tour
(Daniel Harms)
 
  Walking Tour
(Rory Raven)

Details of above panels
  • Emerging Scholarship Symposium: What’s Love (and sex, and art, and humor) got to do with it?
    • “One life—Ephraim, Asenath, and Edward:” Attempting to Untangle the Mind, Body, and Phallus in Lovecraft’s “The Thing on the Doorstep” (Rearick; video)
    • The Shadow of His Smile: Humour in H.P. Lovecraft (Walker; video)
    • The Shadow Out of the Outsider: Lovecraft’s Identity (Navarro-Stefanon; video)
    • Monstrous Modernism: Lovecraft’s Theory of the Aesthetic in Modernity (Carney; video)
  • Emerging Scholarship Symposium: Lovecraft in Late- and Post-Modern Studies
    • “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn”: The Language of Lovecraft (Houstoun; video)
    • Dagon and Derrida – Lovecraft’s Texts and Postmodernity (Enright; video)
    • I and Cthulhu: Using the Dialogic Ontology of Martin Buber to Evaluate HP Lovecraft’s Materialist Cosmic Dread (Holmes; video)
    • Thinking Ecocritically: A Look at Embodiment and Nature in H.P. Lovecraft (Willard; video)
  • Emerging Scholarship Symposium: Beyond the Esoteric Order: Gaia, Churches, and Aliens, oh my!
    • Lovecraft’s Monsters: Rationalism, Anti-Rationalism and Lovecraftian Modernity (Woodman; video)
    • It’s Only Dark Because You Can’t See: A Posthuman Look at Lovecraft’s Cosmology (Jones; video)
    • Lovecraftian Religions – Yesterday, Today, & When the Stars are Right (Quinn; video)

Evening of Saturday, August 24, 2013
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – The Ancestor and Miskatonic University (RISD Auditorium)
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – H.P. Podcraft Live! (Fifer and Lackey; Hotel Providence, Thurber Ballroom)
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Greatest Hits! (Black Box Theater)
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Neurosis and Lustmord (Lupo’s at the Strand)
6:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight – WaterFire with BIG NAZO Intergalactic Creature Band, Difference Engine, and The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets (video)
12:00 midnight to 2:00 a.m. – “Psychedelic Lovecraft” (Black Box Theater)

Day of Sunday, August 25, 2013
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Biltmore, Grand Ballroom Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast
(Goodfellow, Price, and Schweitzer; video)
  Stuart Gordon Interview
(Gordon and Brock)
Lunch Self, Gender Identity, and Sexuality in Lovecraft
(Chambers, Gresh, Joshi, Kiernan, Navarro-Stefanon, and Pugmire)
Religion, Philosophy, and Cosmic Horror in HPL
(Brock, Goodfellow, Joshi, Price, and Ricciardi; video)
 
Biltmore, Garden Room   Weird and Fantastic Poetry
(Joshi, Mariconda, Pugmire, and Rutherford)
Weird Art
(Eckhardt, Eggleton, Gervais, Gucker, Knox, Koszowski, and Shea)
Lunch Academics Talks: Architecture, Biology, Archaeoastronomy
(Lubnow, Zurier, and Umbricht)*
Lovecraft’s New England: History and Society
(Faig, Loucks, Mills, Murray, and Raven)
Looking Forward—and Farewell!  
Biltmore, L’Apogee   Author Readings
(Cannon and D’Ammassa)
Author Readings
(Kiernan and Pugmire)
Lunch Innsmouth Poets’ Pool Author Readings
(Barron and Foster)
 
Hotel Providence, Thurber Ballroom   “Why Cthulhu?”—Is HPL Too Mainstream?
(Brock, Gucker, Hobbs, Migliore, Murray, and Paoli)
Lovecraft’s Essays & Letters
(Hussey, Joshi, Klinger, Loucks, and Navarro-Stefanon)
Lunch The “Other Guys”: REH, CAS, Bierce, Hodgson, Chambers...
(Connors, Gafford, Mills, Price, Pulver, and Schweitzer)
The Lengthening Shadow: Lovecraft’s Influence Today
(Cannon, D’Ammassa, Di Filippo, Mariconda, Pulver, and Waugh)
 
Various Locations   Walking Tour
(Brandon Strathmann)
  Workshop: Let’s Make a Movie!
(95 Empire)
 

Details of above panels
  • Academics Talks: Architecture, Biology, Archaeoastronomy
    • Human Interpretations on the Biology and Evolution of the Old Ones (Lubnow)
    • *Atmospheric Harmony*: H.P. Lovecraft as Proto-Providence-Preservationist (Zurier)
    • Cosmic Inspiration: Lovecraft’s Astronomical Influences (Umbricht; slides)

Evening of Sunday, August 25, 2013
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Dagon and The Captured Bird (RISD Auditorium)
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Short films Transcendent, The Earth Rejects Him, The Shunned House, and more (Black Box Theater)
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Beer Dinner (Julian’s; semi-private, separate ticket)
 
 
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