Fans use Lovecraft’s fame to promote Providence’s weird side

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Fans of H.P. Lovecraft’s writings are trying to use the growing fame of the early 20th-century fantasy-horror writer to promote Providence’s weird side.

Lovecraft so identified with Rhode Island’s capital city that he wrote “I am Providence” in a letter. His headstone bears the phrase. Some of Lovecraft’s best-known works are set in Providence.

Tuesday marks the 79th anniversary of his death. A light rain fell as about 20 people gathered where Lovecraft’s childhood house once stood for the unveiling of a marker.

The nonprofit Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council placed the marker as part of a broader effort to foster the weird fiction and art community in Providence and highlight Lovecraft and other writers and artists.

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