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Welcome to the New Year, 2017

Is it just us, or have the stars never felt so close to being “right”? [Gulp!] If you’ve felt that way, too, just close your eyes and keep telling yourself: “It’s only seven months till NecronomiCon!

NecronomiCon Providence returns August 17-20, 2017!



In this missive:
NECRONOMICON PASSES and other Convention details


Yes, that’s right — full convention passes will be on sale Friday the 20th at 12:00pm EST via our website. This includes general full convention passes (single-day passes will go on sale in a few months), a limited number of Silver Key passes, and a very limited number of the coveted Golden Key passes. Visit for more information and to link to our Eventbrite page to purchase passes. Again, ticket sales begin at noon!

Discounted Hotel Rooms

There are still rooms available at both the Biltmore and the Omni hotels at the discounted convention rates, but they’re going fast. We’ll soon announce a few other options, but for now, please visit our lodgings page for more information Please note, both hotels are of relatively equal standing as venues for the convention. Two tracks of panels and talks will be held in each hotel, gaming and some external programming will be held again in the Biltmore, but this year the Omni will be the home to the vendor hall!

Naturally, plenty of other things will be occurring outside these sites and around the city, so you’ll have every reason to explore and experience Weird Providence.
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We’re really thrilled by this year’s lineup of Guests of Honor, which includes a cross-section of some of the most relevant visionaries of Weird, old and new:


Ellen Datlow

For nearly four decades, Ellen Datlow has been one of the most critically acclaimed editors in the field of speculative fiction with over fifty anthologies to her name. She has won more awards than any living editor including multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson, Locus, and British Fantasy awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association. Along with Terri Windling, she edited twenty-seven volumes of The Year's Best Horror and Fantasy and, on her own, eight volumes of The Year's Best Horror Stories. Her most recent anthologies are Children of Lovecraft, Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror, and the forthcoming Black Feathers.


Kij Johnson

Kij Johnson is a long-standing writer, academic, and highly regarded editor who has crafted a body of work equally dark, elegant, and humanist. Over her decades of work, she has won the Hugo, Theodore Sturgeon, Crawford, and Nebula awards. Her most recent work is the critically acclaimed novella The Dream-Quest of Vellit Boe.


Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones, PhD, is one of the most prolific and studied contemporary writers in speculative fiction. Combining elements of crime fiction, class consciousness, bizarro, horror, and literary fiction with topics related to his Native Blackfeet heritage and the American experience, Jones has been referred to as “the closest thing weird fiction has to both Cormac McCarthy and James Welch.” His most recent work is the novel Mongrels.


Steve Mariconda

Steven J. Mariconda is one of the foremost contemporary scholars of Lovecraftiana and Weird fiction whose groundbreaking work on understanding the style and imagery of Lovecraft's prose first appeared in 1984. Subsequently, he has been published in Lovecraft Studies, Studies in Weird Fiction, and Weird Fiction Review. His work has been collected in H.P. Lovecraft: Art, Artifice, and Reality and, along with S.T. Joshi, he recently co-edited Dreams of Fear: Poetry of Terror and the Supernatural.


Nnedi Okorofor
Nnedi Okorafor, PhD, is a Nigerian-American writer and academic who has numerous awards for her work, including the World Fantasy, Andre Norton, Hugo, and Nebula awards along with the prestigious Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. Touching on themes that reflect her West African heritage, her own life in the United States, and a sense of global awareness, her work straddles and blurs the lines between mythology, science fiction, and the fantastic. It has been described by critics as, iconic, vital, and incredibly contemporary. Her most recent work, the novella Binti, won both the Hugo and Nebula awards.


John Jude Palencar

John Jude Palencar is a prolific artist and illustrator whose work has graced the covers of books from H.P. Lovecraft, Ursula K. Leguin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Christopher Paolini, and dozens more. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Grand Master Award from the prestigious Spectrum Fantastic Art council.  Blending realism that calls Wyeth to mind, with his own unique manner of strangeness, Palencar is one of the most celebrated illustrators and artists in the field of contemporary speculative fiction.


Donald Sidney-Fryer

Donald Sidney-Fryer is a poet, historian, and entertainer whose work has appeared in volumes from Arkham House, Donald M. Grant, Silver Scarab, and numerous other publishers. One of the foremost experts on the work of Clark Ashton Smith, Sidney-Fryer was the first to create a complete, detailed bibliography of Smith's work, laying the foundation for all Smith studies that followed. A firm believer in Pure Poetry, he has worked extensively in many forms and even created his own form of poetry with the Spenserian stanza-sonnet.


Richard Stanley

Richard Stanley is a visionary South African director and screenwriter. His acclaimed documentaries and narrative films, such as Hardware and Dust-Devil, blend notions of layered reality with the stark horror of humanity and his own interests in magic and the occult. He is currently working on a feature film adaptation of Lovecraft's “The Colour Out of Space.”


Peter Straub

Peter Straub is the author of seventeen novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages. He has written two volumes of poetry and three collections of short fiction, and he edited the Library of America’s edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s Tales and the 2-volume anthology, American Fantastic Tales. He has won many awards, including the HWA and WFC Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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More NecronomiCon News

Dr. Henry Armitage Memorial Scholarship Symposium - A Call for Abstracts for the 2017 Symposium is imminent! Get your novel research into the literary arcane and the artistic eldritch ready for the bleak light of day.

Grand Emporium - Tables in the vendor hall at the Omni become available Friday, January 20. Space is extremely limited. Please email Loren at to be placed on the list for consideration. The fee per vendor table is $225, which covers Thursday through Sunday, and includes two general passes.
Ars Necronomica - This year, our art exhibit moves to the gorgeous Woods-Gerry Gallery at RISD, located on College Hill directly across from Lovecraft’s last house on Prospect Street. This gallery space is one we’ve been craving, and will make this year’s show the biggest and best yet. Stand by for a call for submissions to help round out the committee’s ongoing selection of new top-tier Weird art.
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Exciting Winter Events

NecronomiCon Providence 2017 may be seven months away, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing eldritch happening in our weird corner of the the world in the meantime! Join us at the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council headquarters in the Providence Arcade (65 Weybosset St.) for special events that will whet your appetite before the Weird Pilgrimage in August.

January 19 - Launch Party for the Unnamable Black Lager
Narragansett Brewery has chosen Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday as the date to launch the sixth in their Lovecraft series of beer. We’re co-hosting an indoor block party at the Arcade to herald its release. Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:30-10pm, 21+ I.D. required, free.

January 21 - Vincent Price Double Feature
Our friends from the New England Classic Horror Film Society will be screening DIARY OF A MADMAN (1963) and THE HAUNTED PALACE (1963) in the Arcade lounge. Saturday, Jan. 21, 4:00-7:00pm, free.
January 28 - Mid-Winter Arcade Asylum Author Readings
KELLY LINK and LIVIA LLEWELLYN come to Providence for this installment of our readings series, positioned in the very bowels of darkest, coldest winter. Sam Gafford, Hector Laureano, Sean Thompson, and others will join in, too. Saturday, Jan. 28, begins at 6:00pm, free. Visit the facebook event page for more information.

February and beyond - More author readings and other special events, including a launch party for our friend Caitlin Kiernan’s new novel. Look for current listings in our online calendar at

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With a low-key indiegogo fundraising campaign ongoing, we’re gearing up for some major shifts in our funding strategy. We are working on securing more grants and sponsors, as well as contributions from private donors to minimize the overall goal amount, so that early this spring we’ll launch one big, public fundraising campaign via Kickstarter. Look for that in March. We’ll unveil it at a special fundraising gala, The Cabinet of Curiosities, at the Providence Athenaeum, Thursday, March 16. For more information about the project, view our statue project website.

We can't say it enough - this statue is a gift to the city of Providence, the birthplace of weird, from the millions of fans of weird fiction from around the world, so its creation absolutely depends on help from you.

To see the remarkable progress that Gage Prentiss has made on the statue so far, please check out his posts at the project’s facebook page. We hope you also enjoy this gorgeous poster, designed by our friend Dave Felton - just one of several special pieces of art created for this campaign.


Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Bookstore
Our STORE is open Monday-Saturday 10:30-6:30 and Sunday 11:00-4:00pm for all your weird shopping and informational needs. Here you’ll find arcane books, peculiar art, HPLHS goods, eldritch trinkets, walking tour maps, and much more. We’re located in the historic Arcade at 65 Weybosset St., Providence, RI 02903. And don’t forget: We’re a nonprofit 501(c)3, so please donate your used weird books to support our mission. For more info, visit us at

Until next time, as always, we wish you safe travels and sweet dreams,

The NecronomiCon Providence Team
The Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council

Words of wisdom on this day:
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
                                                                 - MLK, jr.
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