August 19th, 2019


Getting it in the NecronomiCon

Rushing toward us like a foetid wind from a Tartarean abyss, except nicer, comes NecronomiCon Providence 2019, at which I have the honour (as the Old Gent would say) to be a Guest of Honour! And here, then, you can find my schedule, should you dare to gaze upon it.

Shane Ivey and I may also mount a guerrilla Robert W. Chambers/KING IN YELLOW panel at an as-yet-undetermined time and place, given that the con in its wisdom decided to not have an official Chambers panel.

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Friday, August 23

4:30-5:45pm: GUESTS OF HONOR [Biltmore Ballroom, Graduate 17th Floor]
Please join us as we introduce and celebrate the Guests of Honor for NecronomiCon Providence 2019, followed by a discussion with the audience.
Panelists: Peter Cannon, Kenneth Hite, Victor LaValle, Sonya Taaffe, Molly Tanzer, Dempow Torishima, Paul Tremblay, s.j. bagley (M)

Saturday, August 24

12:00-1:15pm: The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast LIVE! [Capital Ballroom, Graduate Hotel 2nd Floor]
We are going to cover one of the CM Eddy collaborations. Which one? You'll have to wait and see!

3:00-4:15pm: LOVECRAFT AND THE GOTHIC TRADITION IN LITERATURE [Capital Ballroom, Graduate 2nd Floor]
The Gothic literary tradition is expansive and was undoubtedly influential in Lovecraft's writing. However, his status as a gothic writer is debatable, given the ways in which he refined and rejected various aspects of the gothic in creating his own style. Our panelists examine his body of work in relationship to the genre, with particular emphasis on his more explicitly gothic tales and Lovecraft's own ideas on the subject.
Panelists: Ash Darrow, Kenneth Hite, Steven Mariconda (M), Marlene Miss B. Havin', Sean Moreland

8:30 to 10:00pm: The H. P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast 10TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY [L'Apogee, Graduate Hotel 17th Floor]
Join Chad Fifer and Chris Lackey as they celebrate ten remarkable years of raising the bar for Lovecraftian and weird fiction podcasting, and generating thousands of fans from around the world. The lads will be joined by Ken Hite and Andrew Leman, and other friends and guests from over the years. Open to all attendees and guests!

Sunday August 25

9:00-10:15am: THE TASTE OF ASHES: DELTA GREEN [Washington-Newport Room, Omni 3rd Floor]
Elite government operatives fight a desperate covert war against Mythos threats and government conspiracies across the globe in this classic RPG. Panelists, including some of the founders and prominent DG authors, discuss the development, mythology, and history of the setting, as well as aspects of running a successful campaign.
Panelists: A. Scott Glancy (M), Daniel Harms, Kenneth Hite, Shane Ivey

1:30-2:45pm: HOW TO GAME THE WEIRD [Capital Ballroom, Graduate 2nd Floor]
Lovecraft's creations featured in early iterations of role-playing games, and since the emergence of Call of Cthulhu and its spinoffs, RPGs have increasingly explored -- or exploited -- cosmic horror in a Lovecraftian universe. Our experts discuss in ins and outs of designing and running a weird horror scenario. How does one create and maintain suspense when players know the Mythos and the tropes? How do different games systems either lend themselves to, or undermine, an atmosphere of horror?
Panelists: Fiona Maeve Geist, Dan Harms (M), Kenneth Hite, Shane Ivey, Badger McInnes, Sandy Petersen