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Another hapless scholar – from Providence #6

Many of you have recently expressed your appreciation for our hard work. That means a lot to me personally (Alexx), and I would do what I do without any other reward. That said…

I was last employed in 2013, and not likely to be employed again in the near-to-medium future (I am semi-disabled – too injured to work in my field, but too healthy to collect disability). I’m living off of ever-dwindling savings plus a small annuity left me by my late father.

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Providence #11 Annotations Posted

The penultimate issue of Providence came out yesterday, and it is a reference-packed tour de force taking the narrative from Black’s 1919 to the present day. Eagle-eyed readers can spot “The Dunwich Horror,” “The Horror at Red Hook,” “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” “The Thing at the Doorstep”, Robert E. Howard, William Burroughs, Clark Ashton Smith and much, much more. There are also plenty of ties to Moore and Burrows’ The Courtyard and Neonomicon.

Detail from Providence 11 Dreamscape variant cover – art by Jacen Burrows

The Facts Providence team has first-run-through Providence #11 annotations up. Site authors and readers will continue to review, update and add details. Look them over and let us know if there are things we got wrong or missed.

Providence #10 Annotations Posted

Robert Black didn't see this coming. Detail from Providence #10 P17,p3 - art by Jacen Burrows
Robert Black didn’t see this coming. Detail from Providence #10 P17,p3 – art by Jacen Burrows

We’ve got basic annotations for Providence #10 posted here. Things are getting weird for our erstwhile herald. Black is his name and black is his destiny. There are lots of references to Lovecraft’s life, plus plenty of his stories including “The Haunter of the Dark” and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

Check out the excellent discussion in the comments section, too.

Providence #9 Annotations Posted

Panel from Providence #9, artwork by Jacen Burrows
Panel from Providence #9, artwork by Jacen Burrows

We’ve got the Providence #9 basic annotations done and posted here. We are still refining them a bit, but put on your high-tech prismatic spectacles and check them out. There is quite a bit from Lovecraft’s “From Beyond,” “The Haunter of the Dark,” and “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” but not so much in the way of  “The Shunned House.”  Please let us know if there is stuff we missed or got wrong.

Providence #8 Annotations Posted

Randall Carver from Providence #8 P2. Art by Jacen Burrows
Randall Carver knows the score. Detail from Providence #8 P2. Art by Jacen Burrows

We are still, yawn, wiping the sleep from the corners of our collective eyes, but the Facts in the Case of Alan Moore’s Providence team has finished our first-draft annotations for Providence #8.

As with Moore and Burrows earlier issues, there is plenty on the surface, and lots references buried below. The issue features the then 29 year old Howard Phillip Lovecraft himself (!) plus his maternal grandfather. Additionally there are Lord Dunsany, Randolph Carter (or Randall Carver if you please), dreamscapes, ghouls, ghasts, cats, klansmen, a Civil War general, legionnaires, and plenty more.

The issue references numerous Lovecraft works including “The Silver Key,” “The Unnameable,” The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, “The Statement of Randolph Carter,” and “Beyond the Wall of Sleep.”

Dig a little deeper and readers will find Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo, and even the return of Merrill Brears and Johnny Carcosa, prominent in Neonomicon and The Courtyard.

Read all about it – right here.

And, of course, use the comments section to let us know what we missed or got wrong.

Providence 7 Annotations Posted

panel detail from Providence #7 - art by Jacen Burrows
panel detail from Providence #7 – art by Jacen Burrows

We’ve got our first-run annotations for Providence #7 posted! We are still making some refinements, but look ’em over and let us know what we missed. Black is in Boston; the main Lovecraft story Burrows and Moore reference is indeed “Pickman’s Model” as we anticipated in our preview post.

Find Providence #7 annotations here.

Providence 6 Annotations Posted

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Detail from Providence #6 P11,p2 – art by Jacen Burrows

We are still refining and adding to them, but we have basic annotations posted for Providence #6. It is a chilling issue, with plenty to discuss. There are lots of references to Lovecraft’s works, including prominently “The Thing on the Doorstep,” also “Herbert West—Reanimator,” “The Shadow out of Time,” and more. In issue six, readers got our first look into the dreaded Hali’s Booke of the Wisdom of the Stars, which is Providence‘s stand-in for the Necronomicon.

Read our Providence #6 annotations here. See all our Alan Moore / Jacen Burrows / H.P. Lovecraft annotations and analyses linked at our index page.