H.P. Lovecraft is a very good distraction. Not only am I a Lovecraft fan, but I'm very familiar with the East Side of Providence where some of his stories take place. There's another author who is currently living in the same city and some of her stories are definitely written in the spirit of Lovecraft. Her name is Caitlin R. Kiernan. Some of her fiction takes place in the same neighborhoods and on the same streets as his too. Lovecraft's "Shunned House" figures into at least two of her stories. The only difference is that she calls it the "Yellow House," Some of Ms. Kiernan's other material is written in the Southern Gothic vein and takes place in your neck of the woods. Anyway, if you like Lovecraft you may like her as well.
Thanks, I'll look her up!