Category Archives: Lessons

Genre Collision

Monday’s assignment concerned Lovecraft’s response to another writer’s mythos-based story, and it’s true that the Cthulhu mythos lends itself to a sort of literary “riffing.” Most writers of horror or weird fiction have tried their hands at some tale involving … Continue reading

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We All Visit the Old Well

Though our exercise here is just beginning, we do need to discuss our final project – the “fearsome final,” as we termed it last year. This calamitous composition (or whatever secret alliterative phrase pleases you) looms in the distance, but, … Continue reading

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Another Summer Sequel

The sweltering heat of midsummer now torments us in the northern hemisphere, and it is a maddening sort of affliction – more to be borne than truly remedied. Still, hope of a antidote beyond central air conditioning may send some … Continue reading

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Rites for the Uninitiated

Welcome, newcomers, to Vacation Necronomicon School! Soon we will begin our customary 13 day foray into forbidden knowledge and madness, but there may be some pupils who have never encountered our subject. Looking through last year’s archive is encouraged, but … Continue reading

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Expedition’s End

I would like to extend a sincere and hearty thank you to everyone who participated this summer.  It has been an arduous journey in a way — packed with words, and yet more words, plus images, sounds, and madness as … Continue reading

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Elder God’s Eye

Today’s lesson requires no reading, just a willingness to remember the crafts most common amongst children at summer camp.  Just to maintain the spirit of our enterprise, I felt we needed to include one “camp classic” — and in the … Continue reading

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Cephalopod as Modern Totem

The searing summer days we have spent together at Vacation Necronomicon School are quickly coming to a close — though there seems no end in sight to the heat itself, or the horror of forbidden knowledge. I designed our curriculum … Continue reading

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Necronomicon – Parody and Prop

Though I now live in the fourth largest city in the United States, I’m originally from rural Missouri.  Today’s reading, “The Dunwich Horror,” has for me a recognizable sense of the Other in its decaying backwoods setting — though watching … Continue reading

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Othering and Other Artists

It is perhaps fitting (or telling, depending on your position) that yesterday’s lesson concerned Lovecraftian sound, and today’s lesson uses a musical excerpt as our focus. “Eldritch Musicks” by The Contrarian (otherwise known as Casey Rae-Hunter), is an homage to … Continue reading

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Chaos and Cacophony

In our reading so far we’ve encountered many descriptions of disturbing sounds: “Rats” in walls, the keening of Antarctic wind, the “shrill, ghostly tittering” that the workmen cross themselves against at the end of “The Dreams in the Witch House” … Continue reading

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