The Second Annual College of St. Joseph Pop Culture Conference is scheduled for April 12-13. This year’s topic is “Weird Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft, Weird Tales, and the American Horror Canon.”

Conference Schedule

April 12
4 p.m.: Registration begins in Tuttle Hall

5:30-7:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet dinner with Lovecraft’s New England slideshow hosted by Donovan K. Loucks of the H.P. Lovecraft Archive

7:30 to 9:15 p.m.: The Whisperer in Darkness in Tuttle Hall

April 13th
8-8:30 a.m.: Coffee and light breakfast in Tuttle Hall

8:30-10 a.m.: Session 1: Images and Lovecraft

  • Clare Douglass Little, Embry Riddle University: Illustrations as Retelling in Lovecraft’s Short Fiction
  • Jeremiah Chila, College of St. Joseph: “I think I know where they come from”: Fact, Fiction and Influence on H.P. Lovecraft’s Creative Process.
  • Nate Wallace, Ohio University: The Aesthetics of Lovecraft’s Supernatural Horror in Contemporary Visual Arts

10:15-11:45 a.m.: Session 2: Philosophy, Math, and Lovecraft

  • Anthony Notte, College of St. Joseph: Some Investigations into the Post-Structural Lovecraft
  • Dan Look, St. Lawrence University: The Cosmic Angle of Regarding: Mathematics and the Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft
  • Todd Spaulding, University of South Carolina: The Metaphysical Ground of Horror in H.P. Lovecraft

12-1:45 p.m.: Lunch: Roncalli Hall (registrants only)

  • Slideshow of Lovecraft’s Providence hosted by Donovan K. Loucks

2-3:30 p.m.: Session 3: Cultural Contexts and Transmedia Influences

  • Jonas Prida, College of St Joseph: Weird Modernism: Literary Modernism in the First Decade of Weird Tales
  • Laurent Di Filippo, University of Lorraine, France: Lovecraft and Transmedia
  • Scott West, Harford Community College: Moral Masquerade: 1950s Horror Comics, Canonical Horror Writers, and the Mainstreaming of the Horrific

Conference Details:

Conference fee is 25$, which includes dinner and lunch
Lodging: College of St. Joseph has an arrangement with hotels in the area offering a reduced price for conference attendees. Please contact Deborah Dewey at for more details

Travel to Rutland:
Driving: College of St. Joseph is located at 71 Clement Road, Rutland VT 05701
Flying: Cape Air flies to Rutland Airport from Boston Logan several times a day

Send questions or requests for more information to Jonas Prida at