April 7, 2016
Famous Rhode Islanders: H.P. Lovecraft
H.P. Lovecraft's gravestone says it all: I am Providence.
The horror writer's eccentric novels detailing the macabre were birthed in Providence, where the somber Lovecraft was born and raised. Like many artists, his work was considered trivial at the time of its publication, but later garnered a cult following, especially his story the Call of Cthulhu.
Rhode Island has proudly embraced Lovecraft as its own, hosting a series of themed activities and festivals such as Necronomicon Providence and H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tours. There's even a Lovecraft themed shop in the Providence Arcade where you can purchase a cuddly stuffed animal version of Cthulhu to snuggle with as you sleep, if that's your idea of comforting.