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Hammond Castle Museum Presents “Horror of Abbadia Mare,” a hand-crafted adaptation of Five H.P. Lovecraft Stories

October 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Friday, repeating until October 30, 2020


This Halloween season, Hammond Castle Museum will offer a room-to-room theater performance of The Horror of Abbadia Mare, an adaptation of five H.P. Lovecraft stories set within the Castle and adapted around one of America’s most prolific inventors of his time, John Hays Hammond Jr. The Horror-Fan culture will recognize many elements of H.P. Lovecraft stories woven together with catastrophic results of Hammond’s insatiable curiosity and research at the archives of Miskatonic University into his family’s dark past.

The five adaptations include Lovecraft’s: Dunwich HorrorDreams in the Witch House, The HoundThe Color Out of Space and From Beyond. Set in the fall of 1929, Hammond falls prey to his genealogy which was cursed nearly four centuries ago. As guests move through the inner rooms of the Castle, they come upon various members of the Hammond household and are drawn into a story of frantic and tragic happenings within the Castle’s walls.

Performances begin at 6 p.m. and run every 15 minutes through 9 p.m. on Fridays, October 9, 16, 23 and 30. Performances are limited to 8 audience members at a time. Each story is approximately eight to 10 minutes long and the program runs 60 minutes in total. This program is appropriate for children ages 13 years and older. Tickets are $25 each. Advance ticket purchase is required and may be purchased at hammondcastle.org/TheHorror.

Hammond Castle Museum has stood on the rocky shores of Gloucester’s coastline for nearly 100 years and presents the perfect backdrop set right in Lovecraft Country, better known as Essex County. The site-specific adaptation was conceptualized by Creative Director and Curator Scott Cordiner and Tour Director Faith Palermo to incorporate many aspects of Hammond Castle and actual pieces of the Museum’s archives.

“H.P. Lovecraft and a number of his stories have an essence which connects science with horror with otherworldliness. We peer into an abyss which bridges the arcane past with the mystery of other dimensions. Hammond sought a bridge between the past, present and future through his museum, which housed ancient medieval artifacts, and an adjoining laboratory, which sought to invent the future.” said Cordiner.

Hammond Castle Museum is retiring the Halls of Darkness in consideration of health and safety guidelines associated with the Covid-19 pandemic as set for by the City of Gloucester and the State of Massachusetts.

Hammond Castle Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is not handicapped accessible. The museum offers guided tours and numerous educational and cultural events throughout the year. It is also available as a wedding and private events venue. For more information, please contact Hammond Castle Museum at info@hammondcastle.org, 978-283-2080 or visit Hammondcastle.org to purchase tickets.


October 30, 2020
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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