NecronomiCon to celebrate horror writer Lovecraft

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By MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — If you've enjoyed the works of Stephen King, seen the films "Alien" or "Prometheus," or heard about the fictional Arkham Asylum in Batman, thank H.P. Lovecraft, the horror writer whose work has been an inspiration to others for nearly a century.

Lovecraft's fans want to give the writer his due, and this month are holding what they say is the largest celebration ever of his work and influence.

It's billed the "NecronomiCon," named after a book in Lovecraft's stories, and it's scheduled for Aug. 22-25 in his hometown of Providence.

Organizers expect around 1,200 people to attend to celebrate the writer, who died — poor and obscure — at age 46 in 1937.

His works include the stories "The Call of Cthulhu (kuh-THOO'-loo)," ''The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" and "At the Mountains of Madness."

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