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At The Grave Of H. P. Lovecraft


A photo I thought long since lost, it's a picture of yours truly at the grave of my literary hero, Howard Philip Lovecraft at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island.





Is the red flare in the upper right corner an artifact of the camera, or did the spirit of the Old Gentleman of Providence come out to say hello to a fan? Double click on the picture to expand it to mind-numbing horror that is not dead, but can eternal lie.


ADDENDUM:

Of course, little did I know that when you really enlarge the picture, behind me are interstellar clouds "outside the ordered universe where that amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the center of all infinity—the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes." (1):




Again, click on the graphic twice to see sanity-reducing horror!



(1) If you don't recognize this quote you don't know your Lovecraft!

Comments

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stokerbramwell
Jun. 25th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
One day I hope to get a photo at his grave site as well. If I don't get a ghost too, I'm going to be greatly disappointed.
literary_equine
Jun. 25th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)

See the addendum. ;-)
stokerbramwell
Jun. 25th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
HA! I love it! XD
cabbitwocky
Jun. 25th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
Wow! That is fantastically awesome.
thomryng
Jun. 25th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
Very nice. I have a rubbing of that grave framed in my living room.
coruca
Jun. 25th, 2009 09:58 am (UTC)
And is that a mustache or are those tentacles on you? :-)
literary_equine
Jun. 25th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)

When the stars are right, I'll show you. ;-D
(Anonymous)
Jun. 25th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Again, click on the graphic twice to see sanity-reducing horror!

You mean the face in the foreground?

CTHULHU FTHAGN!
eric_hinkle
Jun. 25th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
Hah, great work! But when did you get up to Providence?
literary_equine
Jun. 26th, 2009 11:05 am (UTC)
(nudge, nudge)
Whispers, "the date's on the picture!" ;-)
eric_hinkle
Jun. 26th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: (nudge, nudge)
*Looks again, more closely this time*

D'oh!
rev_marcus
Jun. 25th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
The horror!!! Oh wait! That's your picture...never mind...

I'ld like to visit there sometime too. Did you make it to any other Lovecraft sites? There's a list at "http://www.hplovecraft.com/creation/sites/", including several in Providence.
winterbeast
Jun. 25th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
I have started reading a best of lovecraft book. yes. he writes like that. it's amusing. I have thought of replacing some of the places that he refers to with some local names. just to see how it would look... The brackish waters of the Dark Nehalem river oosed past the factories of the desolate ghost town of pigeon forge, empty except for the towns namesake...

agh! the Dunwich Cow is after me! Cowthulehu Fat hanging!

(snickers) I will never be a good writer....
(Anonymous)
Jun. 29th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
I don't see the flare :(
I looked and looked but I don't see the read flare in the upper left corner that you are speaking of. Could you please put a circle around it or something?
literary_equine
Jun. 29th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
Arrgghh!

I, of course, meant my other left?

Corrected and I've made an appointment to check for early dementia.

Thank you.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 29th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Gravesite photo
Well, Damn! I grew up in South Providence, discovered Lovecraft while in the Navy in the late 50s, then headed West, seldom to return to old haunts like Roger Williams Pahk, Block Island and Centerdale... read everything I could find by him, considered his writings to be the best horror tales ever penned... but never knew ('til now) of his Rhode Island connection.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Lovecraft gravesite
Well, now that you've waded through the thousands of other emails that result from being posted on Coast to Coast AM you come to mine!

Great photo. Been a huge fan of H.P. since first reading him on my first ever airplane flight (how's that for sheer terror combo) when I was a freshman in high school back around 1958-59. Always good to run across another student of the master.

More recently I've been taling with BBC Audio Books America about recording a collection of Lovecraft's poems and short stories (I've done other projects with them and have been a broadcaster/voice artist most of my working life). And are you ready for this...they're headquartered in...wait for it....

PROVIDENCE!

Anyway, be well, sleep tight, don't let the Night Gaunts bite (sting?)
Best,
Mike
(Anonymous)
Jul. 2nd, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
Lovecraft gravestone photo
What is that- almost directly across from your elbow and down from the right side of that little middle gravestone and just under the orange coloring - in the grass? It looks like a metallic timepeice, does it say quarter past three? Check it out.
chrisperridas
Jul. 5th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Love your images
Wow, it's so hard to even get pictures in Swan Cemetery - the guards are getting so tough. Groovy pix.
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