During the short period from the early 80s through the 90s, a small  group of dedicated fans and scholars worked diligently to bring more  understanding to the life and work of H. P. Lovecraft. These people were  known, informally, as ‘The Providence Pals’. Working in a time when  Lovecraft was still widely unknown and little noticed by literary  circles, this group pioneered new research and blazed a path for the  eventual acknowledgement of Lovecraft as a major literary writer and  thinker of the 20th century. ‘The Providence Pals’ included many who  would go on to become leading figures in the scholarship of Lovecraft’s  life and work. They were S. T. Joshi, Marc Michaud, Jason Eckhardt,  Donald R. Burleson, Peter Cannon, Steven J. Mariconda, Robert M. Price,  Will Murray, Mollie Burleson, Robert H. Knox, Ken Neily and Sam Gafford.  For a brief, shining moment, these people came together in friendship  and a common desire to advance Lovecraft’s cause. In this book, learn  what the group meant to these individuals and sample some of their  writings. This volume is a celebration of those times and these people  for we are all, in a sense, ‘Providence Pals’.