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H.P. Lovecraft will be celebrated at R.I. convention

PROVIDENCE — 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 early 20th century horror writer whose work has been an inspiration to others for nearly a century.

The mythos Lovecraft created in stories such as ‘‘The Call of Cthulhu,’’ “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward,’’ and ‘‘At the Mountains of Madness’’ has reached its tentacles deep into popular culture, so much that his creations and the works they inspired may be better known than the Providence writer himself.

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