The stars have aligned…again.
Join us as we explore the writing of H. P. Lovecraft and work inspired by the mythos he created. We will post one assignment per day for 13 unholy days, beginning 18 July 2011. These short projects will encompass many topics, including literary criticism, personal reflection, pop culture, and arts and crafts. This year we shall conclude our exercise on 30 July 2011 by sharing a composition inspired by an idea in Lovecraft's own commonplace book.
Think of it as a doomed expedition to an eerie land of madness and decay, an exercise in pseudo-intellectual discourse, or just day camp for your twisted inner child.
We are all doomed. Cthulhu fhtagn.
Collection PlateH. P. Lovecraft died penniless. Please help the Headmistress to avoid following in his footsteps.
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Today we leave behind our ramble through Lovecraft’s cursed New England villages, and bid farewell to the Innsmouth seaside and any lurking Deep Ones we may have roused – at least for a while. We have only one task remaining: … Continue reading
Of all of the horrifying creatures that inhabit Lovecraft’s stories, the most ignored must surely be the Giant Albino Penguin. It always seems to be overshadowed by all of those Elder Things and Old Ones hogging the spotlight. This hardly … Continue reading
Since today is basically a free day to work on your final project, I have only one question to ask: what is the best Lovecraftian story or novel you’ve come across lately? It doesn’t have to be from the man … Continue reading
Lovecraft suffered from night terrors as a child (he called this assault by “night gaunts”), and that is one of the few things I have in common with him. I also suffered from severe nightmares in my younger days – … Continue reading
Cthulhu Chick recently formatted Lovecraft’s original works into eBook format, a process which allowed her to make a count of Lovecraft’s favorite words. There are a few surprises on the list – “squamous” appears only once, shockingly – and a … Continue reading
“Under the Pyramids” was ghost-written by Lovecraft for Harry Houdini, the first of several small (but lucrative) jobs. They had even planned to collaborate on a book called “The Cancer of Superstition,” but Houdini died before it could be completed. … Continue reading
I have previously resisted the urge to peek behind the curtain at Lovecraft the writer, mostly because I didn’t feel qualified to discuss his history. I have read some biographical information, and some of his correspondence, but I am not … Continue reading
We may not have an official day of rest at Vacation Necronomicon School, but we can have a day of Lovecraftian humor. My first selection is “Boats: an Elder God’s Only Weakness” from Myths Retold, which is a fairly honest … Continue reading
Unlike many, I have always had a lack of curiosity about my family tree. I have no illustrious forebears, and what little I’ve gleaned regarding my ancestry has been disappointing at best, and scandalous at worst. However, I had an … Continue reading