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The H.P. Lovecraft
Centennial Conference

August 17–20, 1990
Providence, Rhode Island

All events are free and take place at Salomon Center for Teaching,
Main Green, Brown University, unless otherwise noted.

— FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 1990 —

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: Lovecraft Postal Commemorative Cancel

5:30–7:00 p.m.: Reception & Exhibition Viewing (John Hay Library, Brown University)
  • Reception sponsored by The Friends of the Library of Brown University
  • Video viewing: Darkhive Associates’ “Favourite Haunts: A Journey Thro’ H.P. Lovecraft’s Providence” (30 minutes)
  • Viewing of temporary Art Exhibit of Works inspired by writings of H.P. Lovecraft

7:30–8:30 p.m.: Impromptu Twilight Tour of HPL’s East Side (meet at John Hay Library, Brown University)

12:00 midnight–2:00 a.m.: World Premiere of The Bride of Re-Animator (Avon Repertory Cinema; admission fee)

— SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 1990 —

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: Lovecraft Postal Commemorative Cancel

9:30 a.m.: Opening Remarks, Jennifer B. Lee, Curator of the Lovecraft Collection

9:45–11:15 a.m.: Panel I – Lovecraft and New England
  • Jason Eckhardt (moderator)
  • Henry L.P. Beckwith, “Lovecraft’s Xenophobia and Providence Between the Wars”
  • Donald R. Burleson, “Providence and Lovecraft’s Fiction”
  • Barton L. St. Armand, “Roots of Horror in New England”
  • Will Murray, “Lovecraft’s Arkham Country”

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: Panel II – Lovecraft’s Life & Times
  • Marc A. Michaud (moderator)
  • Will Murray, “An Interview with Harry Brobst” (taped personal reminiscence of H.P. Lovecraft)
  • Kenneth W. Faig, Jr., “Lovecraft’s Parents”
  • M. Eileen McNamara, “Lovecraft’s Medical History”
  • David E. Schultz, “Personal Elements in Lovecraft’s Writing”
  • Frank Belknap Long, “Lovecraft the Man”

2:30–4:00 p.m.: Panel III – Lovecraft’s Style and Imagery
  • Steven J. Mariconda (moderator), “Style and Imagery in Lovecraft”
  • Norman R. Gayford, “Lovecraft’s Narrators”
  • Robert H. Waugh, “Lovecraft’s Documentary Style”
  • John McInnis, “‘The Colour out of Space’ as the History of H.P. Lovecraft’s Immediate Family”
  • R. Boerem, “Other Elements in ‘The Colour out of Space’”

4:00–6:00 p.m.
  • Walking Tours of Lovecraft’s East Side (meet at Salomon Center)
  • Open House, Ladd Observatory, Doyle Avenue
  • Exhibition Viewing at John Hay & John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Libraries

8:00–9:30 p.m.: Panel IV – The Craft of the Horror Fiction Writer
  • Les Daniels, “Lovecraft and Modern Horror”
  • Fred Chappell, “Remarks on Dagon
  • Stefan Dziemianowicz, “Lovecraft and the Modern Horror Writer”
  • Robert M. Price (moderator), “Robert E. Howard and Other Weird Tales Writers”
  • Frank Belknap Long, “Lovecraft in His Times”

12:00 midnight–2:00 a.m.: Screening of The Bride of Re-Animator (Avon Repertory Cinema; admission fee)

— SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 1990 —

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: Lovecraft Postal Commemorative Cancel

9:30–11:00 a.m.: Panel V – Lovecraft’s Place in World Literature
  • Paul Buhle (moderator)
  • Maurice Lévy (France), “H.P. Lovecraft and Surrealism”
  • Kalju Kirde (Germany), “Lovecraft in Germany”
  • Giuseppe Lippi (Italy), “Italy Today: Lovecraft as the Grand Master of the Macabre”
  • Gilles Menegaldo (France), “Lovecraft’s Reception in France Since 1980”
  • Barton L. St. Armand (USA), “Lovecraft and Borges”

11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: Panel VI – A Reassessment of Lovecraft’s Legacy
  • Paul Buhle, “The Sense of Time in H.P. Lovecraft”
  • Will Murray, “Lovecraft as Pulp Writer”
  • Robert M. Price, “The Mythology of the Old Ones”
  • Donald R. Burleson, “Lovecraft: Dreams and Reality”
  • Peter Cannon, “The Current State of Lovecraft Studies”
  • S.T. Joshi (moderator), Concluding Address

2:00 p.m.: Unveiling of H.P. Lovecraft Commemorative Plaque by The Friends of H.P. Lovecraft (John Hay Library, Brown University)

3:00 p.m.: H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival
  • World Premiere of British Documentary on Lovecraft: The Last Disciple
  • U.S. Premiere of French filmmaker, Marc Thomas’ “The Transition of Ulrich Zann” & “The Tomb”, both based on Lovecraft stories
  • (Tentative) Screenings of Brian Yuzna & Stuart Gordon’s cult classics, “Re-Animator” and “From Beyond”

— MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 1990 —

9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon: H.P. Lovecraft Postal Commemorative Cancel, Special Plaque cachet (John Hay Library, Brown University)

12:00 noon: Official Dedication of the H.P. Lovecraft Commemorative Plaque (John Hay Library Grounds, Brown University)
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