About LoveFest!

(The Lovecraft Festivals of Second Life)

The Lovecraft Festival of Second Life was first held in September of 2012, as an idea begun by Arik Metzger (ArikTheRed Resident), inspired by his experiencing the renowned regions of Innsmouth, Arkham, Dunwich and Kingsport. These four sims of eld were the heart of the H. P. Lovecraft universe in Second Life, bringing fans together from all across the grid, and what could be more fitting, thought Arik, than to have a Festival* to celebrate this unique cultural phenomenon?

This first, small-but-enthusiastic Lovecraft Festival was so surprisingly successful that the next year’s Festival occupied an entire sim, and, barring the occasional global catastrophe, it has been held annually ever since.

The yearly Festivals are planned and organized by a core group of long-time, dedicated staff, as well as new faces each year, as Arik traverses the grid, hand-picking the most talented designers, creators, and other essential personnel he can muster along the way.

LoveFest, as it’s come to be called, usually lasts from 9 to 11 days, and is traditionally hosted in a simwide layout of Lovecraft’s township of Kingsport, as an homage to both the author and to the now “dead-but-dreaming” Kingsport region of Second Life, the spirit of which arises from the abyss to revel every year when the stars align and it is time for LoveFest again.

Several dozen merchants, content creators and wonderfully talented others provide Lovecraft-themed shopping experiences and atmosphere, unique collectible gifts, music and dancing, live readings of Lovecraft’s tales and poetry, as well as an epic, eldritch adventure for those who don’t mind losing precious sanity points when they behold cosmic horrors of which it is forbidden to speak.

Although the events of 2020 put obstacles in the path, and like everyone and everything else, LoveFest’s life had to be put on hold temporarily, plans are underway for the recommencement of this much-beloved annual celebration in Second Life. “The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be”, and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the next LoveFest!

*a reference to H. P. Lovecraft’s short story, The Festival