Providence, Rhode Island: H.P. Lovecraft's GraveFans of the cult horror writer bought him a tombstone so that they could hang around it and leave cryptic totems.
Swan Point Cemetery
- 585 Blackstone Blvd., Providence, RI
- In Swan Point Cemetery. FROM NORTH: I-95 exit 27. Turn south onto US 1, in two blocks veer left onto George St., which turns into E Street; continue 0.8 miles, turn left on Blackstone Boulevard; Swan Point Cemetery is second left. FROM THE SOUTH: I-195 exit 3, turn right on Gano Street; head north and turn right on Waterman Street; at second light, turn left onto Butler Avenue; Butler turns into Blackstone Boulevard; Swan Point Cemetery is 1.7 miles on right. Enter front gates and drive straight ahead; at the Barnaby monument, turn left onto Junction Avenue and bear right at the Daniels grave marker onto Pond Avenue; go as straight as you can until you reach a "T" intersection with Avenue B; the Phillips family plot is directly in front of you; Lovecraft's stone is behind the bigger family monument.
- Summer 6 am - 7 pm; Winter 8 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About H.P. Lovecraft's Grave
Stopped by to pay some respect to the old materialist and I was told by a rent-a-cop in no uncertain terms, NO PICTURES. "Of what?" I asked.
If you go, take a walk down by the Seekonk River, which is fairly unspoiled (and hideously lapping, benighted and viscous). You can almost visualize HPL playing at Arabian Nights on the riverbank. Also close by: Butler Hospital for the Insane, where most of Lovecraft's family ended up.[tomtom, 12/18/2011]
I happened to visit the grave on a day when there were a collection of people who congregated to mark Mr. Lovecraft's birthday. Apparently this gathering happens at least twice a year (near birthday and anniversary of death).[W.G., 09/13/2009]
H. P. Lovecraft's grave is not remarkable - in fact, the only reason he's got a headstone at all is because some fans bought it for him in 1977. What is interesting is the graffiti and artifacts left behind by his fans, which include some creepy quotations and black candles, and the fact he created an enduringly entertaining mythos that spawned hundreds of books and movies.[ed goto, 05/25/2005]
The horror writer and creator of the Necronomicon and the Cthulhu Mythos was a Providence native and has a humble grave positioned inside of the expansive Swan Point cemetery. Not all that exciting, except in the Spring when local Lovecraft admirers hold a tribute and reading by his grave.[Patrick, 08/05/2004]