Some people may not be aware of it, but the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society is more than just a society in name. We are an actual organization of Lovecraft fans - the world's largest, in fact. We have members in more than 30 different nations scattered across the globe. Members join to become part of a diverse community of people all of whom share an interest in the works of Lovecraft.
We're very fortunate in what we do that we're able to to travel to events across the world. The Society's headquarters are in the Los Angeles area, but we've been to Lovecraftian events from Melbourne to Stockholm and a great many places in between. It turns out there's folks deeply passionate about HPL in a great many parts of the world.
Recently we had the opportunity to attend CarcosaCon, a Call of Cthulhu™ gaming convention held in a castle in southwestern Poland. To get there, we had to travel through Berlin. As it ended up, on the way home I had a night in Berlin with not much to do. So I looked in our database to see if we had any members in Berlin. We do - a surprising number of them in fact. So I emailed them all, explained the situation and asked if anyone wanted to get together during my brief stay.
This is the cool part. I got a number of emails back. A few people were unavailable, but a number we're up for getting together. So that Sunday night I found myself in a Berlin pub with a bunch of local members and a couple of their friends. We swapped stories, shared props and other creations and enjoyed some fine German beer. But more importantly, we engaged in actual society. We came together as a group of strangers with a shared interest and had a delightful night getting to know one and other and enjoying our shared enthusiasm for HPL.
My evening in Berlin is just the latest example, but I've enjoyed similar get togethers with members in Helsinki and Portland, in Melbourne and Indianapolis, in Denmark and New Orleans. And it's a goal of the Society to help our members get to know each other, to forge alliances, and let our shared interests build lifelong friendships. So, if you are a member of the Society, or are interested in becoming one, this is my reminder of one of the very best perks that can come with HPLHS membership.