About nine years ago Niels Hobbs and a few friends were commiserating over why no one in Providence seemed to be tapping into the city’s most infamous resident-turned-tourist attraction, H.P. Lovecraft. That idea grew into a non-profit that worked to bring back that celebration of all things Lovecraft: NecronomiCon. After a few very successful turns, Hobbs and friends expanded their mission to include a storefront. Located in the Arcade, Lovecraft Arts & Sciences is best described as a “creepy research library and visitors center” offering a wide range of books covering everything from New England legends to occult and witchcraft. They also carry fine art, jewelry, small gifts, and of course a curated selection of Cthulhu statues, a Lovecraft’s most famous creature. The organization also hosts events like monthly author readings along with experiences like this month’s Tour de Tentacle (see cover story for details), which Hobbs describes as a combination bike race/scavenger hunt. Stop by to check out their selection and be sure give them a high-five for giving Lovecraft fans a destination.
Lovecraft Arts & Sciences
65 Weybosset Street • 264-0838