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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Category Archives: Lessons
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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