Lovecraft’s Hometown

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To know Lovecraft turns out to be a way to know a great deal about the city [of Providence].

Still weird, and mostly architecturally unchanged since the early 1900s, Providence was H.P. Lovecraft’s stomping ground and muse. Noel Rubinton takes a literary walking tour of the horror/sci-fi master’s haunts for the New York Times, including the John Hay Library at “Miskatonic” University (aka Brown), where some of Lovecraft’s 80,000 letters are archived, and Swan Point Cemetery, where the writer’s gravestone is decorated with pennies because he died penniless, at forty-six.


Kirstin Allio is currently a Howard Foundation Fellow at Brown University. Her story collection, Clothed, Female Figure comes out with Dzanc in 2016. Her novel, Garner (Coffee House), was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award for First Fiction. She has received the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” Award, a PEN/O. Henry Prize, and has published many short stories, poems, and essays. More from this author →