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Lovecraftians: Support the New “Tour de Lovecraft: The Destinations”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 27, 2017 by Staff Writer

Kenneth Hite, Lovecraft scholar, podcast host (and sometimes guest), and RPG creator & guru is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund

Tour de Lovecraft: The Destinations

A reference & info guide & companion for most of the settings used in HPL’s fiction. This will be in the vein and in fact a companion piece to his previous work, Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales.

YOU SHOULD SUPPORT THIS ENDEAVOR, financially and with your social media publicity… The Yellow Sign commands it!

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Museums Mentioned in HPL’s Fiction

Posted in Annotated with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2016 by Staff Writer

This is the result of a quick search of HPLovecraft.com for the word “museum.” Very exhaustive, and fool-proof, I’m sure. The following are museums (but not libraries), real and fictional, mentioned by name (or implied specifically enough to ID) in the written fiction of H. P. Lovecraft:

The Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia. Holds the “Alert” Cthulhu idol from The Call of Cthulhu. Real.

The British Museum, London, UK. Holds a copy of the Necronomicon, as stated in The History of the Necronomicon. This is curious, as The British Library would seem to be a better custodian of such a rare book. Real.

The Cabot Museum of Archaeology, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Greatest collection of in mummies in America, as mentioned in Out of the Aeons. Fictional.

Captain Orne’s ‘marine museum,’ Martin’s Beach, Massachusetts, USA. Short-lived museum built on a boat, containing the remains of a sea monster, from The Horror at Martin’s Beach. Fictional.

The Miskatonic University Museum, Arkham, Massachusetts, USA. Contains some Innsmouth jewelry, as mentioned in The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Fictional.

The Newburyport Historical Society, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA. Innsmouth jewelry, The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Fictionalized version of The Museum of Old Newbury.

The Paterson Museum, Paterson, New Jersey, USA. Local and natural history, mentioned in The Call of Cthulhu. Real.

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Art modern & historical. Mentioned as containing materials related to the local witch trials in The Shunned House. Real.

Rogers’ Museum, London, UK. Wax figures / monsters, from The Horror in the Museum. Fictional.

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward: Early Providence

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 6, 2016 by Staff Writer

The NYC Public Library has put online an enormous amount of digitalized images from their collections. Poking around and looking for pictures of Providence, I stumbled across the following two:

Gaspee

Destruction of His Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee, Near Providence, RI, in 1772.

If you recall, Captain Whipple, who led the raid on Curwen’s farm, later led the attack on the Gaspee. HPL also says that many of the men who took part in the raid on the farm would also fight in the Revolution. It’s worth mentioning that Captain Whipple was a real person.

Providence 1828?

View of the North Side of the City of Providence.

The above is from a book of engravings called “Scenic Route of the Hudson River and the Lateral Parts of North America,” published in Paris in 1828.

Where is H. P. Lovecraft’s Innsmouth?

Posted in Annotated with tags , , , , on August 13, 2011 by Staff Writer

The following quotes are from H. P. Lovecraft’s story, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.”

They help to establish where I believe Lovecraft intended to Innsmouth to be, based on the use of non-fictional locations.

“… wide salt marshes, desolate and unpeopled, keep neighbours off from Innsmouth on the landward side …”

“… directly from ancient Newburyport to Arkham …” – Somewhere around Newburyport.

“… No railroad now—B. & M. never went through, and the branch line from Rowley was given up years ago …” – Somewhere near Rowley.

“… Everybody trades mostly here or in Arkham or Ipswich …” – Somewhere near Ipswich.

“I took a seat far behind him, but on the same side of the bus, since I wished to watch the shore during the journey.” – Innsmouth therefore must be south of Newburyport, since the driver’s side of the bus will be facing toward the shore.

“… passing the Lower Green and Parker River, and finally emerging into a long, monotonous stretch of open shore country.” – Innsmouth must be farther south than the Parker River.

“Out the window I could see … the sandy line of Plum Island, and we presently drew very near the beach as our narrow road veered off from the main highway to Rowley and Ipswich … At last we lost sight of Plum Island and saw … the open Atlantic on our left” – Innsmouth must be south of Plum Island.

“Then we … beheld the outspread valley beyond, where the Manuxet joins the sea just north of the long line of cliffs that culminate in Kingsport Head and veer off toward Cape Ann.” – Innsmouth must be north of Cape Ann.

Therefore, cross-referencing the non-fictional locations, I believe Lovecraft intended Innsmouth to be in the marshy area east or east-north-east of Rowley, though possibly as far south as just northwest of Great Neck.

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The markers on this map are as follows, from north to south:

Orange – the Parker River.

Purple – Rowley.

Pink – Ipswich.

Plum Island is to the east.

Cape Ann is to the southeast, and not visible in this map.

I believe Innsmouth to be in the marshy area just north of the center of this map. Possibly as far south as to be just north of Great Neck. EDIT: Somewhere in the teal oval.

Note that the location of Plum Island conflicts with my probable location of Innsmouth – I believe this to be unavoidable, with the preponderance of evidence suggesting this location, despite Plum Island.

I give thanks to Google Maps, without which, this research would have been much more difficult.

Version 2.0: Map edited for clarity and contrast, Oct, 2015.

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