The Rockingham Free Public Library will be hosting a presentation by F. Brett Cox on April 10th about H.P. Lovecraft’s visit to Vermont and its connection to ‘Whisperer in Darkness’. Here’s the description from their website:
The Rockingham Free Public Library will host Norwich University’s Professor E. Brett Cox for a presentation on a classic horror tale with roots in Windham County’s spooky local history! The devastation of the 1927 floods and the “wild domed hills” of our area provided the inspiration for H.P. Lovecraft to write his sci-fi/horror story The Whisperer in the Darkness—a tale of crab-aliens and preserved brains set against the backdrop of 1920s Townsend, Bellows Falls and Brattleboro.
Read Whisperer and join us for the presentation! Emily Zervas, RFPL’s reference and historical collections librarian, will give a short slide show of historic photographs of the 1927 floods in Bellows Falls before Cox’s presentation.
F. Brett Cox is Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English and Communications at Norwich University. He has served as a juror for the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards, the Science Fiction Research Association Pilgrim Award, and the Shirley Jackson Awards; he currently serves as Vice-President of the Shirley Jackson Award Board of Directors. A native of North Carolina, Brett lives in Roxbury, VT, with his wife, playwright Jeanne Beckwith.
This looks similar to Cox’s other talk on the subject for the Vermont Historical Society last month, and if you didn’t make it to that one, I’d recommend checking it out!