Today is HP Lovecraft’s birthday.

He’d be 109 [as per comments below, he’d be 119, dammit: I keep thinking that the Nineties happened just last week] today if he was still alive – or brought back from the essential Saltes, of course – which is not a particularly significant number, aside from being a prime.  Nonetheless: as reader giddysinger knows, I rarely pass up a chance to yell Cthulhu fhtagn! on this site.

So, here: have some cake.


I’d sing the song, but the Hounds of Tindalos have got nothing on Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. when it comes to going after people who trespass on their territory.


  • Will Hart says:

    Actually, he’d have been 119 today… Small point I know. Dead is Dead. But as you’ll see if you look through the pictures at the link below, and check out L_28 (Roll L – Picture 28), I was sitting on his grave on his 100th birthday 19 years ago (next to the headstone that I helped pay for in 1977).


    Lovecraft’s Providence, From A Different Angle: Providence & Beyond at the Time of HPL’s Centennial, 1990
    Greetings from Fullerton, California!

    To Anyone with an Interest in H. P. Lovecraft and Providence:

    A slight change of plans for the nearly 800 pictures I’ve created from my trip to the H. P. Lovecraft Centennial Celebration in Providence in August of 1990.

    The original plan was to put them together on DVD-R’s and send them out to other Lovecraftians as an early gift for the 20th. anniversary of the Centennial Celebration.

    But knowing how work-life and personal-life can change plans for us, I decided to put everything on; where the pictures can all be accessed now, even while the sets are still being annotated in preparation for creating street-by-street sets and map links too.

    All eighteen rolls of film (A-R) have now been uploaded into a Flickr Pro account (currently paid for through August of 2011); and that means they can be downloaded in their highest resolution (2000 X 3000) for anyone to use anyway they like.

    I hope everyone finds something there they like; and perhaps have never seen before. Please forgive the inclusion of a few clunkers, and very grainy shots from two rolls of 1600 asa film, and from the scanner not liking Ektar 125!
    And as I’ve stated on Flickr, please feel free to skip the first seventeen pictures and jump right to A_18 if you want to get right into the “good stuff”; you won’t hurt my feelings. I’m just including the non-Lovecraftian (and less than perfect) stuff for a more complete (pardon the expression) “picture” of one person’s visual record of those times and places.

    Still a Friend of Lovecraft, After All These Years!

    Will Hart

    Please share this information with anyone you know that is
    a Lovecraft fan; but especially those who attended the
    Centennial Celebration.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Oh, right, it’s not actually 1999 and I’m going to be 40 next year.

      Thanks for killing that little thread of denial in my soul. 🙂

  • Kevin says:

    Here’s to HPL: modern horror wouldn’t be what it is without him, and we’d all be poorer for it.

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