Popular Annual tour will explore Lovecraft’s favorite Providence haunts
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence native and cult horror writer H.P. Lovecraft will be the subject of a a popular annual walking tour and film series during the annual FLICKERS: RI International Horror Film Festival (RIIHFF), October 21 – 24, 2010.
The life and work of Providence's best-known fantasy and horror author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, will provide the backdrop for the tour, which will be lead by the Rhode Island Historical Society. Lovecraft's "Providence stories" (written between 1924 and 1935) are the inspiration behind the walk. Lovecraft wrote eloquently, and in great detail, about such landmarks as Prospect Terrace, the First Baptist Church, and Benefit Street houses. Participants will see the site of his former home, as well as locales mentioned in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Haunter of the Dark, The Shunned House, and The Call of Cthulhu.
Following the tour, which begins at 3:00 p.m. and lasts for approximately 90 minutes, participants will be treated to ticket to see a film screening at the Bell Street Chapel Theatre good for anytime during the Festival.
“It is amazing how Lovecraft’s horror writing still resonates with audiences today,” commented Demetria J. Carr, Managing Director of the Rhode Island International Film Festival. “Providence provided the inspiration for his most chilling and terrifying stories. This walking tour is a wonderful opportunity for his fans to connect with the man behind the writer.”
The H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour will cost $17per person, and includes a ticket to the Horror Festival. The Walking Tour can be purchased in advance by calling the RIIFF offices at 401.861.4445 or ordered directly online at http://www.film-festival.org/HPLovecraft10.php
• H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22N 3:00 p.m. The tour departs from the John Brown House at 52 Power Street, Providence
The life and work of Providence's best-known fantasy and horror author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, provide the backdrop for this walking tour. The tour lasts 90 minutes.
Cost: Tickets are $17 per person, include a ticket to the Horror Festival and can be purchased online. The Walking Tour can be purchased in advance by calling the RIIFF offices at 401.861.4445 or ordered directly online at http://www.film-festival.org/HPLovecraft10.php
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The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), has secured its place in the global community as the portal for the best in international independent cinema, earning the respect of domestic and foreign filmmakers, filmgoers and trend watchers. This confluence of art and commerce brought together world-class celebrities, award-winning filmmakers, new talent and audience members in record numbers last year. Ranked as one of the top 12 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is also a qualifying festival for the Short Film Academy Award through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. There are 65 film festivals worldwide which share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England. The Festival takes place every August. For more information about the festival, please visit www.rifilmfest.org.