H.P. Lovecraft refuses to lie silent in his grave nearly 80 years after his death. His disembodied legacy still roams, infecting people with a contagion of horror. Now, to mark his 125th birthday, fans are descending on the provincial burg of Providence, Rhode Island to perform strange rituals and read from eldritch tomes invoking his name.

The four-day NecronomiCon festival opens today, celebrating not just one of America’s most influential horror writers, but fantasy fiction in its myriad forms. There’s a Cthulhu prayer breakfast, games, music, films, and walking tours that promise to pull back the veil on this false reality, your waking nightmare a mere dream to the old gods who slumber in a sea of eternity.

You can check out a full schedule of events here, including an impressive list of authors scheduled for talks and workshops, all of whom owe something of a debt to the master. With strange geeks for fans, it seems even death may die.

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