Breaking: NECRONOMICON 2021 moved to 2022!

Earlier this week, NecronomiCon Providence—a celebration of Lovecraft and Cosmic Horror which takes place every other August in the city of Providence, RI—announced that it was postponing this year’s event. It will now be held August 18-21, 2022.

NecronomiCon is just plain awesome. It’s four days of Lovecraft-related panels, performances, art, short films, walking tours, writing, and unique parties like the Eldritch Ball and the Cthulu Prayer Breakfast. While I know that there are many people who are disappointed, since the event typically draws a couple of thousand people (possibly more), I think this is just a smart thing to do at the moment—although another issue is that this intricate event takes a lot of advanced planning, and with the world still in its uncertain place, it’s honestly impossible to be able to count on some aspects, like whether or not restrictions will be lifted, whether or not there will be a Waterfire, whether or not some of the venues are still alive (because some may not even be open now), and whether or not any guests of honor will be able to get there due to dicey travel.

Passes and Program Books for NecronomiCon 2019

Passes and program books for NecronomiCon Providence 2019.

One thing to remember, also, is that an event like this is incredibly expensive to stage. Even if things are improved by then, there’s no guarantee that, due to public wariness—which is normal, it takes a year or two after a pandemic for people to readjust—the event will get the attendance it needs. The biggest threat to any con’s future is running in the red for even one year. If I were in charge, I wouldn’t have held it this year either. It’s just too much risk.

So … if you’ve loved NecronomiCon in the past or want to try it for the first time, get ready for August of 2022! I’ll see you there!

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A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies; her traditionally published books include a short story collection, THE SHADOWS BEHIND. She was the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She serves as co-host of the DARK DISCUSSIONS podcast, as founding editor of the dark literary journal 34 ORCHARD, and is a member of the New England Horror Writers. Follow her adventures at

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