What Pegman Saw + WeWriWa: An Afternoon in Providence

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Pegman strode into Providence on the 130th anniversary of H.P. Lovecraft’s birth, carrying a picnic basket. He strolled around the grounds of Butler Hospital at 345 Blackstone Boulevard. Pegman knew that this was the place where Winfield Scott Lovecraft, the father of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, the progenitor of the Cthulhu Mythos, lived out the final five years of his life.

By Will Hart from Fullerton, U.S.A. - flickr.com/photos/cthulhuwho1 - cthulhuwho1.com - youtube.com/user/CthulhuWho1 - A_22 College Hill - H. P. Lovecraft's Final Home - The Samuel B. Mumford House (1825) - 65 Prospect Street (at Meeting Street) - Looking East-South-East, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17954645

Pegman walked on, lingering for a moment at 22 Prospect Street, the house where HPL lived out the final four years of his life before succumbing to cancer. 

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He admired the plaque commemorating the author, the value of whose work was primarily recognized posthumously.

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Pegman continued to Swan Point Cemetery.

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When Pegman reached Lovecraft’s grave, he sat down and procured a bottle of wine and two glasses from his picnic basket. He was shortly joined by a spirit.

“Ah, Pegman!” Lovecraft greeted. “Could you perchance spare a spot of wine?”

~Aunt Cie, the Ornery Old Lovecraft Devotee~

For the moment, I am going to continue combining my Weekend Writing Warriors posts and Pegman adventures. I am planning to eventually publish a compilation of Pegman tales. The work that my son and I are doing on the crummy old mobile home to put it on the market takes up a lot of my time. We live approximately 125 miles away from the mobile home's location and try to go there three days a week, so the drive is a job in itself and my health isn't wonderful.

I feel like the Pegman stories introduce readers to my writing style. If you like the way I work it (no diggity) and want to bag it up, follow this link for ways to support me and bag up some more good stuff to read.

Cancel culture being what it is, I know that if I were to not assert my rejection of Lovecraft's xenophobic beliefs, I would be accused of harboring the same. Lovecraft was the product of a very strange upbringing in a racist and xenophobic era. My further thoughts on this can be found at the following link, along with my poem, Mr. Lovecraft's Zoo.

And now, before we get into the icky, sticky, nit-picky legalese, here is a song to enjoy while reading the post.

The Icky, Sticky, Nit-Picky Legalese, if You Please (Or Don't Please)

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  1. Excellent tour of the place! Thanks!

  2. I wonder how Pegman feels about being greeted by the spirit.

  3. I hear you about the tricky line to walk, appreciating many aspects of Lovecraft's writing and world building, while at the same time recognizing that the man himself was a bigot and not someone I'd want to personally support were he alive today to benefit from book sales. That said, I'll confess that my holiday tree topper is a plush Cthulhu. ;-)

  4. I know next to nothing about H.P. Lovecraft and his work. So teach me!

  5. I didn't know Lovecraft was so young when he died. Thanks for sharing these interesting snippets

  6. Thanks for the tune to get the day rollin'! Intriguing set up for your WIP! Killer last line. Lovecraft creeps the heck out of me.

  7. Pegman's an interesting character. I enjoyed the graphics. Good luck on this story.

  8. I learned all kinds of interesting things on this journey. Thanks for the tour with Pegman!

  9. It all seemed to be straightforward sightseeing until that very last sentence. Quite the contrast! Was the appearance of the spirit something Pegman expected?

  10. I've had the tour now LOL. And I like the rather whimsical way the snippet ended....!

  11. So is that a real spirit, or is Pegman off his nut? Quite the surprise ending to this snippet!

  12. Interesting afternoon. I'll take a glass of wine, too.

  13. Fabulous - could you perchance spare a drop of wine.

  14. Good luck with your project. I can listen to 90’s music all day. No diggity, no doubt :)

    Keep smiling,

  15. Now this is a communication with the dead I can get behind. If only I can bring some wine to the gravestone and have a drink with ghost Poe, my life would be complete. Interesting snippet!

  16. An interesting tribute to an idiosyncratic man with a poor reputation...


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