The 2015 NecronomiCon Providence, the celebration of the work of H.P. Lovecraft, kicked off its convention in Providence with a program at the Meeting House on Thursday, August 20. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was a major figure in the invention of the genre of horror and science fiction stories. He was born in Providence and lived nearlyhis entire life here.

The Meeting House was an appropriate place for the gathering because Lovecraft’s grandmother, mother, and two aunts were members of the First Baptist Church, and he briefly attended Sunday School before being expelled for favoring the lions over the Christians. Still, he loved the Meeting House, and once in the 1920s sought to play “Yes, We have no Bananas” on the organ. However, it was locked.

Gigi -1But, it was not locked for Gigi Velasco who began the evening’s program by magically causing the organ to play as she gestured mysteriously from
the reading bench in the front of the auditorium. Later in the program, some of Lovecraft’s alien monsters (wonderfully created by Big Nazo Creatures) paraded in and took their seats. Stanley Lemons, who was not one of the monsters, gave a welcome to the over-400 attendees and explained Lovecraft’s connection to the church and Meeting House.

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