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NecronomiCon Providence 2015

August 20–23, 2015
Providence, Rhode Island
at the Providence Biltmore and Omni Providence


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Guests of Honor

Ramsey Campbell, John Coulthart, Lois H. Gresh, Stephen Jones, Leslie S. Klinger, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Robert M. Price, and Ann K. Schwader.

Guests

Martin Andersson, Lars G. Backstrom, S.J. Bagley, Matthew Beach, Adam Bolivar, Joshua Boone, Daphnée Tasia Bourdages-Athanassiou, Sean Branney, Thomas Broadbent, Jason V Brock, Joe Broers, Michael Bukowski, Rusty Burke, Brian Callahan, Anthony Camara, Peter Cannon, John B. Carlson, Jason Ray Carney, Nathan Carson, Phillip Chang, Anthony Conrad Chieffalo, Jason Ciaramella, Michael Cisco, Reber Clark, Pierre Comtois, Scott Connors, D. Allen Crowley, Don D’Ammassa, Mike Davis, Paul Di Filippo, Jerry C. Drake, Penny Dreadful, Jason Eckhardt, Bob Eggleton, Nicole Emmelhainz, Chad Fifer, Mark Finn, Joe Fritsch, Frank Fry, Sam Gafford, Richard Gavin, Christopher Geissler, Phil Gelatt, Steve Gervais, Touba Ghadessi, Alex Gladwin, Adam Scott Glancy, Cody Goodfellow, Morgan Grefe, Michael Griffin, Nick Gucker, Jack Haringa, Christian Haunton, Kenneth Heard, Kenneth Hite, Sean Hoade, Niels-Viggo Hobbs, Daniel Holmes, Mars Homeworld, Alex Houstoun, Michael Hunchback, Derrick Hussey, Tyler James, Scott R. Jones, S.T. Joshi, Lee Joyner, Leeman Kessler, Mike Knives, Robert H. Knox, Jarett Kobek, Allen Koszowski, Chris Lackey, Rick Lai, Dominique Lamssies, John Langan, Cheryl LeBeau, Izzy Lee, Andrew Leman, Ross E. Lockhart, Dan Look, Donovan K. Loucks, Charles Danny Lovecraft, Fred Lubnow, Tom Lynch, Badger McInnes, Jason McKittrick, Helen Maclean, Paul Maclean, Kevin McTurk, Steve Mariconda, Anya Martin, Mike Mason, Rolf Maurer, Daniel Mills, Jeffrey Moeller, Sean Moreland, Greg Murphy, Will Murray, Byron Nakamura, Jesús Emmanuel Navarro-Stefanón, David Neilsen, David Nickle, Scott Nicolay, Troy Sterling Nies, Lucas Lopes C. Nóbrega, William F. Nolan, Diane O’Bannon, Mallory O’Meara, Vincent O’Neil, Dwayne Olson, Lauren Panepinto, Matthew Paquin, Juan Luis Pérez, Sandy Petersen, Frederic Phillips, Agustina Piñeiro, Erminio Pinque, Connor Pitetti, Heather Poirier, Gage Prentiss, Joe Pulver, Dennis Quinn, Liv Rainey-Smith, Jenna Randall, Rory Raven, Peter Rawlik, Marcello Ricciardi, Faye Ringel, Oscar Rios, Christina Rodriguez, Troy Rondinone, Daniel Rottenberg, Christian Roy, Brett Rutherford, Richard Sardinha, Darrell Schweitzer, Jeffrey Shanks, Michael Marshall Smith, Dave Snyder, Justin Steele, Simon Strantzas, Anthony Teth, Jeffrey Thomas, Jonathan Thomas, Leslie Thomas, Scott Thomas, Jason Bradley Thompson, Miles Tittle, Ken Van Wey, Stephen Walker, Nathaniel Wallace, Jason Wallach, Damien Angelica Walters, Jerad Walters, Robert Waugh, Michael Wehunt, Jessika R. Weise, Ian Welke, Starry Wizdom, Justin Woodman, Frank H. Woodward, Douglas Wynne, Joseph Zannella, Ron Zimmerman, The joey Zone, and Sarah Zurier.

Team Roster

Frank Difficult, David Dvorchak, Sam Gafford, Phil Gelatt, Shemaleiah Geremia-Smylie, Jay Gidwitz, Josh Gravel, Niels-Viggo Hobbs, Alex Houstoun, Stephanie Issa, Justine Johnson, Donovan K. Loucks, Mitchell McArtor, Carmen Marusich, Brian Mullen, Mallory O’Meara, Dennis Quinn, Allison Rich, Jessica Saniuk, Anthony Teth, Rob Zannini, and The joey Zone.

Commentaries, Press, and Other Links

Programming Schedule

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight – “Hiding Under the Covers” NecronomiCon welcome party (Aurora)

Thursday, August 20, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Bus Tour 1
2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. – Walking Tour (Matthew Paquin)
2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. – Bus Tour 2
5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – Opening Ceremony (First Baptist Church; video)
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Ars Necronomica Art Exhibition, Opening Reception (Providence Art Club)
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – “The Sacrifice of Randolph Carter” performed by David Neilsen (Biltmore, Garden Room)
7:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight – A very special outdoor celebration of Lovecraft’s birthday and “125 Years of Weird” in Providence (Façade Lot)
7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. – “The Shadow over Innsmouth” by Dark Adventure Radio Theater (Biltmore, Garden Room)
9:00 p.m. to Close – Black Lodge Party (Thee Red Fez)

Day of Friday, August 21, 2015
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Omni, Narragansett Ballroom Armitage Symposium – Human Subjects: Lovecraft and the Disciplines Armitage Symposium – Pop Goes the Gent: Lovecraft in Popular Culture   Academic Talks – Monstrous Stories & Men and Monsters Armitage Symposium – Space and Place in the Lovecraftian Milieu Armitage Symposium – The Language of Lovecraft Insanity Is a Sane Reaction
(Haringa, Heard, Walters, Wynne, Zannella)
Omni, Waterplace Ballroom Mixing Metaphors
(D’Ammassa, Goodfellow, Jones, Nickle, Rawlik, Schweitzer)
Art in Lovecraft
(Coulthart, Eckhardt, Eggleton, Gervais, Knox, Sardinha)
  The Annotations of Madness
(Burke, Joshi, Klinger, Leman, Loucks)
Ah-Cult! Magic in Prose and Practice
(Gavin, Jones, Teth, Woodman, Wynne)
Make a Sanity Roll
(Glancy, Mason, Moeller, Rios)
Occult Detectives
(Gafford, Goodfellow, Langan, Olson, Price, Schweitzer)
Biltmore, Garden Room Lovecraft 101
(Cannon, Di Filippo, Klinger, Lockhart, Mariconda, Price)
Eldritch Gaming
(Fry, Glancy, Hite, Loucks, McInnes, Petersen; audio)
  Lovecraft: Family Man
(Cannon, Connors, Di Filippo, Houstoun, Mariconda)
Lovecraft: Man of Letters
(Branney, Burke, Geissler, Joshi, Klinger, Leman, Mariconda)
Mad Piping
(Brock, Carson, Clark, Fifer, Jonathan Thomas, Wallach)
 
Biltmore, Grand Ballroom Ramsey Campbell Interview
(Brock)
Roots of Horror in H.P. Lovecraft
(Connors, Klinger, Langan, Price, Pulver, Schweitzer; video)
  Non-Euclidian Science
(Hobbs, Look, Lubnow, Moreno-Garcia, Rawlik, Shanks)
Lovecraft Around the World
(Andersson, Campbell, Jones, Kessler, Maclean, Moreno-Garcia, Navarro-Stefanón)
New Weird
(Gresh, Martin, Nicolay, O’Neil, Pulver, Jeffrey Thomas)
 
Biltmore, L’Apogee   Author Readings
(Carson, Jones, O’Neil, Welke)
Miskatonic University Podcast Author Readings
(Brock, Langan, Price, Schweitzer)
Author Readings
(Griffin, Neilsen, Rawlik, Scott Thomas)
Author Readings
(Pulp Macabre: The Art of Lee Brown Coye)
Author Readings
(Hoade, Mills, Waugh)
Various Locations Walking Tour
(Sarah Zurier)
  Walking Tour
(Jason Eckhardt)
 
  Bus Tour 3   Bus Tour 4  

Details of above panels
  • Armitage Symposium – Human Subjects: Lovecraft and the Disciplines
    • A Lawyer Looks at a “Layman” Gentleman (Navarro-Stefanón)
    • The Lovecraftian Cosmos: How the Tales of H.P. Lovecraft can be interpreted through the Concepts of Modern Science (Lubnow; video)
    • Lovecraft and Folkloric Methodology (Van Wey; video)
    • Darwin and the Deep Ones: Anthropological and Evolutionary Anxiety in Lovecraft’s “The Shadow over Innsmouth” and Other stories (Shanks; video)
  • Armitage Symposium – Pop Goes the Gent: Lovecraft in Popular Culture
    • Ripples from Carcosa: HP Lovecraft, True Detective, and the Artist-Investigator (Poirier)
    • Lovecraft for the Little Ones: Paranorman, Plushies, and More (Ringel, Randall)
    • “The Undying Leaders”: Ultraterrestrial Demonologies, Cthulhoid Conspiracies and the Rise of Lovecraftian Parapolitics (Woodman)
  • Academic Talks
    • Monstrous Stories: A History of Monsters (Ghadessi; video)
    • Men and Monsters: Racism in the Time of Lovecraft (Grefe)
  • Armitage Symposium – Space and Place in the Lovecraftian Milieu
    • Tentacles in the Madhouse: The Role of the Asylum in the Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (Rondinone; video)
    • Resisting Cthulu: Milton and Lovecraft’s Errand in the Wilderness (Ricciardi; video)
    • The Sombreness of Decay: Lovecraft in Wilbraham, Massachusetts (Haunton; video)
    • “Save the Old Brick Row”: H.P. Lovecraft and the Modernization of Providence (Pitetti; video)
  • Academics Talks: The Language of Lovecraft
    • Insider, outsider – from the commonplace to the uncanny in Lovecraft’s narration and descriptions (Bourdages-Athanassiou)
    • Half-Limitless in Starlit Night: H.P. Lovecraft’s Vision (Fritsch)
    • Terrores innombrables: Lovecraft and the Hispanic World (Pérez)
    • The Unspeakable Onomasticon: Divers Observations on H. P. Lovecraft’s Names and Name-Building (Walker)

Evening of Friday, August 21, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – “The Call of Cthulhu” performed by David Neilsen (Biltmore, Garden Room)
7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. – “Dagon: War of Worlds” by Dark Adventure Radio Theater (Biltmore, Garden Room)
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Guest Reception (Biltmore, L’Apogee)
8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – QuizziQal Lovecraft and Yog Meet (Biltmore, Garden Room)
9:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight – Eldritch Ball (Biltmore, Grand Ballroom)

Day of Saturday, August 22, 2015
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Omni, Narragansett Ballroom Armitage Symposium – (Re)Considering the Mythos Armitage Symposium – In the dark manner of Others: Lovecraft in Literary Context   Academic Talks – Addicted to Fear & the Tlaloc-Venus Stela Armitage Talks I – Lovecraft and Ancient Rome
(Moreland, Nakamura, Quinn)
Armitage Symposium – Lovecraft and the Aesthetic Experience Sculpting the Indescribable
(Broers, Knives, McKittrick, Pinque, Prentiss)
Omni, Waterplace Ballroom For the Small Are Large
(Brock, Davis, Hussey, Lockhart, Lovecraft, Lynch, Olson)
Oh! The Tentacles!
(Bukowski, Coulthart, Eckhardt, Gervais, Knox, Koszowski, Panepinto)
  Forbidden Knowledge
(Hoade, Price, Rawlik, Wynne)
Visions of Terror
(Boone, Branney, Finn, McTurk, O’Meara, Woodward)
Mechanics of Fear
(D’Ammassa, Gresh, Jones, Jonathan Thomas, Walters)
Antarctica!
(Bukowski, Cannon, Eckhardt, Haringa, Houstoun, Waugh)
Biltmore, Garden Room Only In Dreams
(Gavin, Goodfellow, Langan, Mills, Strantzas, Thompson)
Make Your Own Damn Movie
(Branney, Gelatt, Homeworld, Lee, Leman, O’Meara)
  Lovecraft’s Narrators
(Campbell, Houstoun, Langan, Mariconda, Jonathan Thomas, Waugh)
Wayback Machine
(Comtois, Knox, Price, Schweitzer, Zimmerman, Zone)
Two-Gun Bob Rides Again!
(Burke, Connors, Finn, Shanks; audio)
 
Biltmore, Grand Ballroom Lovecraft: A Critical History
(Cannon, Di Filippo, Joshi, Mariconda, Price)
Secondhand Mythos
(Campbell, Di Filippo, Goodfellow, Jones, Price, Schweitzer)
  She Walks In Shadows No More
(Gresh, Martin, Moreno-Garcia, Ringel, Schwader)
Chambers and “The King in Yellow”
(Houstoun, Lai, Lamssies, Lynch, Mills, Pulver; video)
Lovecraft and Racism: Moving Past the Howies
(Grefe, Hobbs, Leman, Moreno-Garcia, Nickle, Ringel; video)
 
Biltmore, L’Apogee Innsmouth Nightmares & Cult of the Dead Book Launch and Author Readings Author Readings
(Cannon, Nickle)
H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast
(Fifer, Lackey)
Author Readings
(Gavin, Lynch, Strantzas, Jeffrey Thomas)
Author Readings
(¡Lecturas en Español!)
Author Readings
(Aickman’s Heirs Book Launch and Author Readings)
Author Readings
(Martin, Nicolay, Pulver)
Biltmore, Renaissance Salon   Ask Lovecraft
(Kessler)
  Lovecraft’s New England, Part 1
(Loucks)
Lovecraft’s New England, Part 2
(Loucks)
Poetry Workshop  
Various Locations Walking Tour
(Donovan K. Loucks)
  Walking Tour
(Rory Raven)
 
  Walking Tour
(Matthew Paquin)
 
  Bus Tour 5   Bus Tour 6  

Details of above panels
  • Armitage Symposium: (Re)Considering the Mythos
    • Color out of Mind: Correlating the Cthulhu Mythos to the Autism Disorder Spectrum (Backstrom; video)
    • From Crawling Chaos to Elder Things: Mythic Evolution in Weird Fiction (Chieffalo)
    • Reordering the Universe: H.P. Lovecraft’s Subversion of the Biblical Divine (Weise)
    • The Arcane and The Rational: Lovecraft’s Development of a Unique Mythos (Crowley)
  • Armitage Symposium: In the dark manner of Others: Lovecraft in Literary Context
    • Stylometry and Collaborative Authorship: Eddy, Lovecraft, and “The Loved Dead” (Gladwin)
    • Rarebit Dreamers: the Poetics of Lovecraft, Poe, and Winsor McCay (Tittle)
    • Searchers after Horror: H. P. Lovecraft contra M. R. James (Drake)
    • H. P. Lovecraft and Georges Bataille: One Crawling Chaos Seen Emerging from Opposite Shores (Roy)
  • Academic Talks
    • Addicted to Fear: Why some of us love being scared (Zannella)
    • “The Necronomicon Americanus” and the “Tlaloc-Venus Stela”: An Ancient Maya Divinatory Almanac; Descending Venus Monsters; and the Cult of Venus-regulated Warfare and Ritual Sacrifice in Mesoamerica (Carlson)
  • Armitage Symposium: Lovecraft and the Aesthetic Experience
    • “The Music of ‘Erich Zann’” (Chang)
    • “The Inside” of H.P. Lovecraft”s Supernatural Horror in the Visual Arts (Wallace)
    • The Suffering Intellect: HP Lovecraft’s Weird Epistemology (Holmes)
    • Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth: An Aesthetics Analysis of the Construction of Fear (Nóbrega)

Evening of Saturday, August 22, 2015
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – The Lovecraft Comedy Quiz Show (Biltmore, Garden Room)
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Monstrous Invisible theatrical presentation hosted by Leeman Kessler (Providence Public Library)
7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – RadioTheater NYC presentation of “The Horror at Red Hook”, “The Curse of Yig”, and “From Beyond” (Providence Public Library)
9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Lovecraftian Trivia Night (Biltmore, McCormick & Schmick’s)
9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. – Necronomicon TV show live script reading (Black Box Theater)
9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – Earth, Elder, Assembly of Light Choir, and Owlfood (The Columbus Theater)
10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Innsmouth Sea Shanties! (Biltmore, McCormick & Schmick’s)

Day of Sunday, August 23, 2015
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Omni, Narragansett Ballroom   Armitage Symposium – Beyond the Lovecraft Circle   Armitage Symposium – Philosophical Aspects of Lovecraft’s Fiction Armitage Talks II – The Bishop Letters
(Branney, Leman)
 
Omni, Waterplace Ballroom   Clark Ashton Smith
(Connors, Gelatt, Haringa, Joshi, Murray; video)
Lord Dunsany
(Andersson, Di Filippo, Joshi, Ringel, Schweitzer, Thompson; video)
  Nameless Rhymes
(Bolivar, Broadbent, Brock, Hussey, Lovecraft, Phillips, Schwader)
Writing the Mythos
(Campbell, Davis, Gresh, Pulver, Rawlik, Schwetzer)
 
Biltmore, Garden Room   Make Your Own Madness
(McInnes, Mason, Petersen, Thompson; audio)
On Lovecraft and Philosophy
(Cisco, Davis, Hoade, Houstoun, Wynne)
  The Little Terrors
(Connors, Klinger, Lai, Murray, Schweitzer, Shanks)
Lovecraft As Sci-Fi Writer
(Brock, Callahan, Klinger, Nolan, Price, Schwader)
Looking Forward... Peering Into the Abyss
Biltmore, Grand Ballroom Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast
(Goodfellow, Price, Schweitzer; video)
  Future of Weird Fiction
(Bagley, Griffin, Moreno-Garcia, Pulver, Strantzas)
  Religion in Lovecraft
(Di Filippo, Jones, Joshi, Lockhart, Price; video)
New England Gothic
(Broadbent, Hite, Langan, Raven, Ringel; video)
 
Biltmore, L’Apogee   Special Young Lovecraftian Readers Section
(Ciaramella, Murphy, Rodriguez)
Author Readings
(Gresh, Schwader)
Poetry Circle
(Bolivar, Broadbent, Schwader, Wizdom)
Lovecraft eZinePodcast (video) Author Readings
(Campbell, Nolan)
Author Readings
(Jonathan Thomas)
 
Various Locations   Walking Tour
(Cheryl LeBeau)
 

Details of above panels
  • Armitage Symposium: Beyond the Lovecraft Circle
    • A Closet Quetzalcoatl: Intimations of HPL and Same Sex Desire in R.H. Barlow’s “The Wind That Is in the Grass” (Kobek)
    • The Derleth Mythos: Literary Evidence of Weird Realism (Rottenberg)
    • No Black Stone Unturned: A Critical Examination of Robert E. Howard’s Most Significant Cthulhu Mythos Story (Finn)
    • “It was from the artists and poets that the pertinent answers came”: Shared Authorship in the Discourse Community of the Lovecraft Circle (Emmelhainz)
  • Armitage Symposium: Philosophical Aspects of Lovecraft’s Fiction
    • “Shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles”: H.P. Lovecraft and the Plasticity of Users and Tools (Carney)
    • H.P. Lovecraft and the Dimensions of Speculation (Camara)
    • H.P. Lovecraft’s Optimism (Beach)
    • Lovecraft, Rand and the Abyss of Opportunity (Maurer)

Evening of Sunday, August 23, 2015
8:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight – NecronomiCon closing party (Aurora)
9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – The Dunwich Horror Picture Show! (Columbus Theater)
 
 
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