Each year in August and March, the Rhode Island Historical Society marks the anniversary of the birth and death of H.P. Lovecraft with a tour that situates the fictionalized places and spaces of his stories within the real landscape of Providence.  Born in 1890 and writing through his death in 1937, Lovecraft’s acclaim as a genius of occult and horror fiction lives on the world over. Passages from his Providence-based stories (“The Case of Charles Dexter Ward,” “Haunter of the Dark,” “The Shunned House”) are paired with excerpts from his personal correspondence to illustrate how his physical surroundings influenced his fantasy worlds. Amazingly, most of the Providence sites that meant so much to the author in the 1920s can still be seen today.

Please note, this tour is not about Lovecraft’s life or beliefs, but rather focuses on the relationship between the physical city of Providence and the fantasy worlds of his stories.

In October our H.P. Lovecraft tours include a film screening in collaboration with the Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival. The tour is 1.75 miles of level walking through city streets.

Tour TypeSpecial Event
Duration90 minutes
TimeFrom August: 11am, October: 12pm to
Location / Meeting PointJohn Brown House Museum 52 Power Street, Providence RI 02906