We're bringing Lovecraft back to Providence! Help us stage the greatest event in his memory ever, with renowned scholars and authors.
AUGUST 23-25, 2013
Resurrecting the Memory of Lovecraft... just a few more essential salts to go.
Dear Friends - we've been overwhelmed with the amount of support, positive feedback, and buzz we've gotten from Lovecraft scholars and fans, Weird Fiction authors and artists, and all manner of people who have a love for Hoary Providence.
Our plans are rapidly moving forward to bring the world the premier Lovecraft literary and scholarly conference and cultural convention, right here in the heart of Lovecraft's beloved hometown, August 23-25, 2013.
Imagine: a convention with top-notch research, writing, and non-Euclidean geometry... as well as history, art, music, theater, gaming, food, etc. All over the course of three really intense days next August.
The many tasks associated with pulling off a successful convention worthy of Grandpa's memory come with a hefty preliminary bill. In order to quickly meet our financial needs and keep our momentum up, we've realized that Kickstarter is our best friend. It's helped that so many of YOU friends have suggested it to us, too.
So - what do we need? We have a number of varied bills that will soon come due, divided into two primary areas of need: Printing/Advertising (T-shirts, posters, flyers, print and web adverts), and Venues (particularly down payments and deposits on our meeting halls, art galleries, etc). Our projected budget and what we expect to pull in with ticket sales and sponsorships will cover our expenses over the long run, but for the short term, having some seed money would be a HUGE help in keeping us moving forward to getting the stars just right.
So, we're putting our collective hat out and asking you folks, who desperately want the same thing we do, to consider jumping in when it'll count the most.
Check out the rewards we're offering! We truly hope we're presenting a tantalizing collection that will inspire you all. Here are some glimpses:
So... think it over, and help us gather those final necessary ingredients for this epic Lovecraftian rite.
In the meantime - KEEP DREAMING. The stars are almost right. Almost.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~STRETCH GOALS! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
$19,000 - UNLOCKED!!! - We made it!! Now we will be able to have our good friend Jason Eckhardt, a local Lovecraftian artist of great renown, produce a gorgeous brand-new map poster of Lovecraftian sites around Providence and the wider region - absolutely suitable for framing. Given this amazing support, we'll make this available both in pdf form for Download backers to Acolyte backers, and in print for Silver-Key and above backers. THANK YOU!
$23,000 - UNLOCKED!!! -Thanks to your generosity and dedication, we're going to be able to overburden Jason Eckhardt with work even more! It will take a little time (in time for the convention, at least), but now we can plan to release an updated version of his superb "Off the Ancient Track" Lovecraft travel chapbook, now long out of print. When ready, we'll plan to make this available both in pdf form for Download backers to Acolyte backers, and in print for Silver-Key and above backers.
$25,000 - UNLOCKED!!!! - Consider us COMPLETELY floored and humbled. After much machinating, fulminating, and otherwise plotting and devising some appropriately eldritch rewards for you all... we're still finalizing some of the details, but suffice it to say, we will now include a bunch more goodies for all Silver Key and above backers, made by our local and not so local artist friends - limited edition silkscreens of our amazing posters.
For ALL backers above the Acolyte level (i.e. PATRON and BENEFACTOR levels, and above) - a VERY gorgeous limited run amulet made ONLY for all backers above the basic Acolyte level... So, if you're a PATRON or a BENEFACTOR level backer, no matter the theme, you'll get one of these!
And, for ALL full-pass recipients, from PILGRIMAGE on up, you'll get a high-quality embroidered patch of our sigil design, as shown above.
Stay tuned for more (if our febrile minds can conjure more up!).
Anoint your feet!
The time for the Pilgrimage is nearly upon us!
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We're excited to say that much of the hard work - the real planning and skeletal framework is all set to go. Once we have some basic advanced support, we'll be set to know exactly how hungry the world actually is for what we're staging, and we'll have the money we need to keep the Dream alive, and the movement going in the right direction ---- on the pilgrimage to Providence, next August!
Once this seed funding is secured, we'll be in the home stretch to achieve our collective Dream.
In order to clear up a little confusion, here's a full breakdown of the rewards backers can look forward to for different pledge levels:Pledge $1 or more - Eternal thanks!
· Pledge $70 or more - The PILGRIMAGE: a basic three-day pass, the program guide and a basic hard enamel sigil pin.Pledge $75 or more - DREAMER from Far Off Lands: designed for backers who can’t attend the convention but want some of the tangibles - a pre-con-only T-shirt, basic sigil jewel pin, sticker set, all downloads, and a full print copy of the program guide. Add $15 to ship outside the US
Pledge $250 or more - BENEFACTOR of the Elemental Silver Screen: All basic SILVER KEY level rewards, plus movie perks - including private screenings, etc, intensive workshop series (beginning Thursday, August 22nd). Also includes a free full pass to the Horror Film Festival the weekend before NecronomiCon and all the film events during the interim week leading up to NecronomiCon
Pledge $350 or more - The GOLDEN KEY: Ultimate V.I.P. pass for the entire Convention, including custom-made ceremonial robes, one of any convention-specific (in-house) merchandise, including limited edition books or artwork (with the exception of the limited-run statues/sculptures in the BENEFACTOR OF THE ARTS rewards, and the Single pieces - Key of Cthulhu and Relic Wings - in top two reward levels), copy of ultra-rare (only ~50 made) round robin book (see "Memento Mori" reward below for more details), spot in the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast choir, invite to the Black Lodge, special recognition in the convention program guide, and allowed a special wish of the convention organizers (which we will do our utmost to grant). As they say, though: “Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.”
You can - tho' it involves a couple extra steps...
If you're interested in, say, doing the S.T. Joshi Weight-Loss Program AND getting the Gold Key VIP pass, here's what you do: Just add up the prices for whichever tiers you want to get, pledge that amount, and then leave a comment when you do so with your Kickstarter account email and which tiers you want to get. At the end of the campaign, Kickstarter will have kept track of all these additions. Just be sure you note down your intention in the comments field.
This seems to be the only way to do it - for now.
Several people have been asking us lately for more info on this Benefactor pledge level, and the unique convention-long workshop that the folks at Hellbender media are putting on...
Here's what they say for themselves:
"It's a personal filmmaking workshop with Lovecraftian filmmaker Edward Martin III (maker of "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," "The Statement of Randolph Carter," and "Innsmouth Legacy," among others), and Seattle filmmaker Ryan K. Johnson ("Star Trek: the Pepsi Generation," "Doctor Who: The Wrath of Eukor," and dozens more). If you've never joined us in one of our frantic, hilarious, and brilliant workshops, then you are missing out on one of the most exhilarating workshops of your life!"
This really will be an amazing opportunity that we're proud to offer. Expect lots of intensive hands-on work, starting Thursday the 22nd of August (yep, the day before the con really gets started, but no worries if you can't make it the first day - there'll be "remedial" catch up on Friday), and running over the course of the convention.
Have no fear, though - We'll still leave plenty of time for you all to enjoy the convention, too.
Does the Benefactor of the ___ (Dark Arts, etc, etc) include all the rewards of the Patron of the ____ (Pentagonal Trapezohedron, etc, etc)?
Apologies for not making clearer some of the rewards included in some of the different backer levels. Here is our first attempt at breaking them down. We will post a detailed breakdown, reward-by-reward, soon.
All the higher reward levels only include the basic core rewards for lower level rewards. SO, for example, Benefactor of the Dark Arts includes all the basic Silver Key level rewards - in addition to the Bryan Moore or Lee Joyner bust and admission to the private gallery opening, you get the shirt, the silver key pin, the bas relief, an invite to the Black Lodge, and an invite to the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast. Naturally, you also receive the program guide which is shaping up to be a great item in itself.
Most of these higher reward levels are geared toward specializing in some particular aspect of the overall convention theme, so Benefactor of the Dark Arts is a Silver-Key VIP pass, with additional stuff geared toward the Art show. Patron of the Pentagonal Trapezohedron is a basic three-day pass, with extras geared toward gaming.
The S.T. Joshi walk is set outside of the three days of the convention, so it is essentially a separate event - which you can still get in addition to any of the other rewards, if you raise you backer level to encompass both total amounts and make a note to us in your comments. Likewise, if you'd like more than one pass, or an extra T-shirt, just raise your contribution level to include both total amounts, and make a note of what you're asking for when you do so.
As always - thank you for your questions and for your interest in our event!
Yes, on a limited basis, tickets will be available. Consider these 'pre-sales' tickets your way to assure your place at the Holy-Land.
Normal three-day passes will be on sale via our website by late January at the latest (essentially, after the dust settles from this kickstarter campaign)
However, again, please do bear in mind that we will only have a limited supply once they do go on sale .... the venues are only sooo big! So, be sure to get these tickets early - otherwise, you'll have to await the next stellar alignment! Buying your pass now, via this Kickstarter is the best way to *assure* your place at the steps of R'lyeh... er... Providence.
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Pledge $1 or more
Thank you. We hear your prayers, and you will find your reward when the Stars are Right.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $10 or more
Our sincerest hopes for your soul and sanity... as well as a shiny pair of stickers depicting everyone's favorite Great Old One, and our own esoteric "Eye of Providence" sigil - permanent enough to survive many aeons*. * claim not yet tested.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013Add $5 to ship outside the US
Pledge $15 or more
Do deep ones dream of electric downloads?: It is the age of the internet and the days of download. Exclusive PDFs, audio files, special "wallpaper" screenshots ---- etc..Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $35 or more
Cultist-Couture: You're a true acolyte of the Old Ways and deserve your first vestments: a special convention T-shirt, with a design chosen by you from our stable of unique art, specially designed by our staff, and printed on a high-quality T. Additionally, you'll receive a set of our all-weather stickers, and the download goodies.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Add $10 to ship outside the US
Pledge $35 or more
24 backers Limited (26 of 50 left)
Providence-Cool: Support the convention, and receive this unique locally produced T-shirt design with Great Cthulhu embracing the Capital Building in Providence, with the famous epitaph words of Grandpa himself, "I Am Providence." All the hip cultists of Providence sport one of these. Additionally, you'll receive one of our all-weather sticker sets and our downloadables.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013Add $10 to ship outside the US
Pledge $40 or more
9 backers All gone!
The STRANGE DARK ONE: Your very own copy of our Poet Laureate, Wilum H. Pugmire's, new book, The Strange Dark One, personally signed to you... Because you're just that special in our hearts. Additionally, you'll receive our sticker pack and downloads rewards.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Add $10 to ship outside the US
Pledge $45 or more
18 backers Limited (48 of 66 left)
The SHADOW over... PROVIDENCE: Help make this convention dream a reality, and get this limited edition shirt, in all the hues of the abyss (and then some) - Obediah, the icthyic offspring of the Marsh Clan of Innsmouth, reborn in time for 2013, and designed by our very own Joey Zone. You'll also receive an incredible silk-screen print of one of Joey's gorgeous Cthulhoid-nouveau designs made for the original NecronomiCons held in Providence many moons ago. This is a sumptuously silkscreen'd print version of the bas-relief described in the Silver Key reward Additionally, you'll receive our all-weather eldritch stickers, and all our download files.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Add $10 to ship outside the US
Pledge $50 or more
5 backers All gone!
The JOSHI weight-loss program! Put on your best track shoes, and be part of a small group to run the gauntlet of Lovecraft's College Hill with the foremost Lovecraft scholar himself, S.T. Joshi! Walk is scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, August 22nd, the day prior to the start of the Convention. Warning: you really need to be physically fit for this one - we're not kidding!Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $70 or more
The PILGRIMAGE - Here is a no-frills chance to make the Hajj to the Lovecraftian Holy Land. This reward includes a three-day pass to the convention (as well as a copy of the Al-Azif inspired NecronomiCon 2013 program guide), and a hard enamel sigil pin.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $75 or more
DREAMER from Far Off Lands: Show your support for our efforts to raise Ryleh, er - put on NecronomiCon - and receive both the pre-con-only T-shirt, one of our special convention sigil jewel pins (denoting you as an acolyte), all our download goodies, and a full print copy of the sumptuous Al Azif - inspired convention program guide... Almost as good as being here. Consider any resulting disturbing dreams an added bonus.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013Add $15 to ship outside the US
Pledge $100 or more
ACOLYTE of the Dark Book: You are a committed follower of the NecronomiCon. For your steadfast dedication, you receive a full Three-Day Pass, a limited edition t-shirt (choose from one of the previously mentioned designs), a convention sigil jewel pin denoting you as an official acolyte, AND our eldritch sticker pack and download goodies.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $125 or more
9 backers All gone!
PATRON of the Pentagonal Trapezohedron: As part of the overall convention plans, we are very proud to present you with some of the very finest Lovecraftian GAMING ever contained in one dangerously close proximity. As part of this reward, you will be guaranteed a spot at one of the few Call of Cthulhu games run by no less than Sandy Petersen himself! This Reward ALSO includes a full Three-Day Pass to the convention, one of our convention T-shirts, and one of our PATRON sigil jewel pins, as well as the rest of the standard Acolyte rewards.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $125 or more
9 backers Limited (11 of 20 left)
PATRON of the Elemental Silver Screen: As part of the overall convention plans, we'll be presenting some of the foremost films made in the Lovecraftian milieu, including private screenings, live directors' commentaries, and some one-on-one with your favorite film-makers. This Reward ALSO includes a full Three-Day Pass to the convention, AND a pass to the Horror Film Festival (organized by our friends at the Arkham Film Society) being held in Providence the weekend before NecronomiCon, AND all the film events during the interim week leading up to NecronomiCon! This Reward also includes one of our convention T-shirts, and one of our PATRON sigil jewel pins, as well as the rest of the standard Acolyte rewards.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $150 or more
2 backers Limited (8 of 10 left)
PATRON of the (Dark) Arts: Join us for a private reception prior to the public opening of our curated art show at the Cohen - Granoff Gallery, at Brown University, just around the corner from Lovecraft's favorite home. Meet some of the top eldritch artists from around the world, and engage in conversations involving such topics as 'what does that particular leit-motif *really* mean?' This Reward also includes a three-day pass for the Convention, one of our convention T-shirts, and one of our PATRON sigil jewel pins, as well as the rest of the standard Acolyte rewards.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $225 or more
14 backers Limited (11 of 25 left)
The SILVER KEY: Thee VIP Three day pass, access to the infamous Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast led by our revered hierophant Dr. Robert M. Price, and the special Silver Key Sigil jewel pin, as well as all the lower-order rewards. As a special reward, you will receive a stunningly rendered limited-edition bas-relief of Dread Cthulhu, dreamed up by our own The joey Zone, and brought to disturbing reality by the remarkable talent of Joe Broers. You will also be allowed access to the Black Lodge, a secret Key-holder-only event held during the convention, attended by many of the luminaries in the Lovecraftian community.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $250 or more
3 backers Limited (3 of 6 left)
BENEFACTOR of the Elemental Silver Screen: As part of the overall convention plans, we'll be presenting some of the foremost films made in the Lovecraftian milieu, including private screenings, live directors' commentaries, AND a unique convention-spanning workshop covering all the aspects of making short films based on HPL's works. (workshop will be divided up into daily segments, starting on Thursday August 22nd, the day before the actual kickoff of the convention - tho' attendance at the first session is not necessary). This reward gets you a guaranteed spot at this unique small-group, hands-on workshop, organized and run by Hellbender Media. This Reward ALSO includes a full three-day SILVER KEY pass (with ALL the related lower-order benefits) to the convention, AND a pass to the Horror Film Festival being held in Providence the weekend before NecronomiCon, AND all the film events during the interim week leading up to NecronomiCon!Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $250 or more
4 backers Limited (3 of 7 left)
BENEFACTOR of the (Dark) Arts, Third Branch: You know how to appreciate good art, even when everyone else just thinks its... weird. By way of acknowledgement of your sublime taste, we will happily thank you with a remarkable and disturbing work by Jason McKittrick, of the Cryptocurium - a handy Akham Cthulhu Idol, rendered true to Lovecraft's original sketch. Additionally, please accept this invitation to our special private gallery opening for our premier show at the Cohen - Granoff Gallery in Providence. This reward also includes the coveted three-day SILVER KEY pass for the convention, one of our special Silver Key Sigil jewel pins, and ALL the associated lower-order rewards.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $250 or more
5 backers All gone!
BENEFACTOR of the Pentagonal Trapezohedron: The very Zenith of Lovecraftian GAMING is at your fingertips (so to speak)! Such memories as any gamer worth his or her essential saltes would gleefully sacrifice their favorite player character for, and likely will have to. As part of this reward, YOU and four others will take part in at least two separate games of Call of Cthulhu with the very Masters of the Gaming Arts - Sandy Petersen (the inventor of Call of Cthulhu - duh!), Jeff Carey ("Mr. Shiny," himself!), and additional games with your choice from a few other very special names you'll all recognize. YOU get first dibs. We'll also arrange for plenty of time for chatting and hanging out - for these three days, imagine them as part of your own gaming circle! This Reward ALSO includes a full three-day SILVER KEY pass (with ALL the related lower-order benefits) to the convention.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $250 or more
3 backers All gone!
KEEPERS of the Crypt Key: Enjoy a cozy picnic (we'll provide the food) the afternoon of Thursday, August 22nd, with our Poet Laureate, Wilum H. Pugmire, alongside ye ancient graves at St. John's Episcopal Church in Providence - where you'll pen and recite Poe-inspired poetry and rhymed acrostics, just like Lovecraft loved to do at this very site! This reward also includes the SILVER KEY V.I.P. three-day pass for the convention, along with all the associated rewards, including the coveted Silver Key Sigil jewel pin and access to thee Black Lodge, etc, etc.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $300 or more
7 backers All gone!
BENEFACTOR of the (Dark) Arts, First Branch: You know how to appreciate good art, even when everyone else just thinks its... weird. Please accept this token of our esteem for your support - a bust of Lovecraft himself, depicted in disturbingly gritty (sur)realism, by our infernal brother BRYAN MOORE at Arkham Studios. By the way, stay tuned for his follow-up kickstarter to raise the funds to put a large version of this very statue in HPL's Providence! Additionally, please accept this invitation to our special private gallery opening for our premier show at the Cohen - Granoff Gallery in Providence. This reward also includes the coveted three-day SILVER KEY pass for the convention, one of our special Silver Key Sigil jewel pins, and ALL the associated lower-order rewards.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $300 or more
5 backers All gone!
BENEFACTOR of the (Dark) Arts, Second Branch: You know how to appreciate good art, even when everyone else just thinks it's... weird. Please accept this token of our esteem for your support - a bust of Lovecraft himself, set in reverent contemplation, by the celebrated LEE JOYNER. Additionally, please accept this invitation to our special private gallery opening for our premier show at the Cohen - Granoff Gallery in Providence. This reward also includes the coveted three-day SILVER KEY pass for the convention, one of our special Silver Key Sigil jewel pins, and all associated lower-order rewards.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $350 or more
18 backers All gone!
The GOLDEN KEY: You, dear one, are in the inner-circle - the Esoteric Elite! Not only have you earned a VIP pass for the entire Convention, you've also proven your worthiness to wear the mantle of our limited edition GOLDEN KEY robes, as well as one set of ANY other merchandise we produce, including any limited edition books or artwork. In particular, you will be a recipient of the ultra-rare round robin book being compiled by Joe Pulver and a crew of the finest authors of 'Weird Tales' (see the"Memento Mori" reward below). YOU have secured yourself not only a spot at the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast, but also a slot in the very Choir that will be singing those dreaded inhuman hymns. You will also be recognized in our 'Al Azif' program guide as a KEY supporter of NecronomiCon 2013 - effectively raining immortality down upon you in print form! As a member of Ye Golden Key, you are also entitled to call upon us directly - as much as is abhumanly possible, your wish is our command!Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
*SOLD OUT! SOLD OUT! SOLD OUT!!!* DO NOT Bid on this!! It is only still listed for the sake of kickstarter bookkeeping. HOLDER of the GOLDEN KEY of Cthulhu: You are entrusted with no less than one of the most sacred and stunning statues ever devised and visaged by man's febrile brain - in this case, by the talented/tormented sculpting hands of LEE JOYNER. Shipping or pick-up for the statue will be arranged at the backer's preference, with cost TBD. Additionally, naturally, you shall receive ALL the benefits (and curses) of the GOLDEN KEY listed previously. Disclaimer: Neither NecronomiCon-Providence, nor Joyner Studio are responsible for insanity, blindness, or increased popularity, due to proximity to the Key of Cthulhu.Estimated delivery: Dec 2014
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer All gone!
MEMENTO MORI: You've attained such a vaunted status in our cabal that your very experiences in the realms of the eldritch are inscribed by some of our best bards. YOU will be the central figure in a limited edition round-robin chapbook published solely for this fundraising effort, including the ink of: Joseph Pulver, Molly Tanzer, Robert M. Price, Wilum H. Pugmire, Cody Goodfellow, Ann K. Schwader, Don Webb, S.P. Miskowski, Jeff Thomas, and Peter Rawlik, with art by Nicholas Gucker, and exclusive binding by Lance Thingmaker! Additionally, you are entitled to ALL the other lower-order benefits (including GOLDEN KEY status), as well as your pick of one set of any Convention merchandise such as T-shirts, small batch print runs, and convention-only publications. You will also get your name highlighted as a significant patron of NecronomiCon Providence '13.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Pledge $1,500 or more
2 backers All gone!
RELIQUARIAN OF THE STARRY WISDOM: With this inner-sanctum level support comes gravely increased responsibilities... and requisite rewards. YOU and another (for the dread responsibility is far too burdensome for just one human soul to bear) are entrusted with one of two large pieces of surviving original *Statuary* salvaged from the actual Starry Wisdom Church (aka St. John's RC Church, demolished in 1992) featured in HPL's "The Haunter of the Dark" (thanks for the correction, TDM!) . Additionally, you are entitled to ALL the other lower-order benefits (including GOLDEN KEY status), as well as your pick of one set of any Convention merchandise such as T-shirts, small batch print runs, and convention-only publications. You will also get your name highlighted as a significant patron of NecronomiCon Providence '13. NB: No, it's not a piece of the Shining Trapezohedron, silly - what are you, nuts??Estimated delivery: Aug 2013Add $50 to ship outside the US