The Bowery Boys have a new podcast on New York history, which takes a look at a topic Lovecraft was intimately familiar with: Green-wood Cemetery in New York City. An older podcast from them is on The British Invasion, 1776, another topic on which Lovecraft knew the minutest details. These two are somewhat linked, as the first shooting engagement in 1776 was on Martense Lane, now known as Border Avenue, which borders Green-wood Cemetery on the southern side. The lane was named after the Martense family, among whom at the very first in America there was a Jan Martense and also a Gerrit Martense — names that both occur in Lovecraft’s “The Lurking Fear”.

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