Horror legend being honored at Jacksonville Library

By Ryne Turke on August 16 at 10:45am

The Jacksonville Public Library is honoring the life of a legendary horror author in August.

A festival will be held to celebrate the 125th birthday of H.P. Lovecraft on August 20th.

The event will be led by MacMurray College Professor Dr. Robert Seufert, who will give a lecture on Lovecraft and show two films about his life.

Library Director Chris Ashmore talks about the impact Lovecraft has had on the horror genre.

“He’s like the father of modern horror and a cult figure that a lot of people are interested in. A lot of current horror writers, like Stephen King, have looked up to and had an influence,” says Ashmore.

Lovecraft lived from 1890-1937 and released popular stories such as “The Call of Cthulhu”, “At the Mountains of Madness” and The Shadow over Innsmouth.”

Ashmore expects an entertaining crowd to show up for the event.

“There’s a nitch for someone like him. I imagine we will have a nice crowd of people who are interested in that. This isn’t something they usually have an opportunity to sit around and talk about. I think they will enjoy it,” says Ashmore.

Ashmore says the Jacksonville Public Library plans on honoring the lives of more authors in the future.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m.