My unofficial round-up of NecronomiCon Providence 2013 news and links…

NecronomiCon Providence 2013 has obviously been a huge success for all concerned, even when seen from this distance in the British Isles. Congratulations to all the organisers and helpers, and to the city of Providence for supporting the event!

* More fab videos of the discussion panels, recorded by Steve Ahlquist. Panel: “Religion, philosophy, and cosmic horror in HPL” (Sunday 2:30pm – 3:45pm, Grand Ballroom, Biltmore Hotel)…

 
Panel: “Self, gender identity, and sexuality in Lovecraft” (Sunday 1:00pm – 2:15pm, Grand Ballroom, Biltmore Hotel)… rather surprised that no-one mentioned “Hypnos”…

 
Steve also has a 39-minute video of the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast on Sunday morning.

* Providence Monthly (a superficial glossy ‘lifestyle’ mag) has an article “I Am Providence, And I Am Weird” by Michael Clark, who makes some oddly disgruntled observations about the appearance of some of HPL’s fans…

“I moved to Providence eight years ago, and unfortunately I still know nothing about or nor have read anything written by one of this city’s cultural icons, HP Lovecraft, the weird fiction author. … an eclectic lot, including Goths, gay men, and what appeared to be a preponderance of spinsters … Goths, clad in black and exhibiting signs of Vitamin D deficiency, milled about …”

* Michael Umbricht’s sumptuous Powerpoint presentation is now online, “Cosmic Inspiration: Lovecraft’s Astronomical Influences”. Has many large and sharp archive pictures of the Ladd Observatory, which are nicely paired with Lovecraft’s comments on his involvement with Ladd. This Powerpoint seems to have been prepared for the Ladd Open Day during NecronomiCon…

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* Lovely example of wall-title typography for the Cohen Gallery’s Ars Necronomica art exhibition, an element of NecronomiCon Providence 2013. This show will be open into September 2013. Photo: Joseph Caffentzis…

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