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 only Lovecraft can inspire.  We’ve experienced both serious scholarship and humor — and, though I can only speak for myself, I have learned a great deal.

Thank you for that.

As promised, I will e-mail Certificates of Participation to all official enrollees, as well as special Certificates of Cyclopean Accomplishment to all who complete the final assignment.  (Note to those who e-mail assignments: Please be sure to let me know whether I have permission to publish your project on the final project page, and what name you would like listed as author — an internet handle is fine.)

There may be future projects in store here at Vacation Necronomicon School — one never knows when the stars might align again.  I will keep you posted as to further developments.

Again, thank you.  I hope we meet again…

Class dismissed.

About Headmistress

Sarah L. Crowder, current headmistress of Vacation Necronomicon School, was once a pupil at the prestigious Miskatonic Academy for Girls -- though she did not graduate, as the school closed under mysterious circumstances shortly before her studies were completed. She spent many years contemplating both the arcane arts and hidden dimensions of commonplace life, and now lends her talents to our little online haven for workaday scholars.
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4 Responses to Expedition’s End

  1. Borrowind says:

    Many thanks for hosting and running the summer school! It’s been terrific fun, and I’d certainly participate in another if it came up (maybe in that ‘slump’ bit after Xmas and New Year, perhaps – 3rd-12th Jan 2011?). During the summer school I’ve written over 8,000 words of essays, plus devised my final short-story…

    Being a new Lovecraftian tale and a prequel to H.P. Lovecraft’s story “The Call of Cthulhu”.

    Download the printable PDF file + 35-minute ‘audio book’ MP3 reading (33Mb, .zip file).

    My new short story has been specifically crafted for the Vacation Necronomicon School. It’s constructed around a scaffolding made of appropriated public-domain materials. These date from between 1859 and 1893 — one unpublished letter, a magazine article, and two hardly-known short stories by very obscure authors (full details at the end of the story). I have blended these sources together, generally rewritten sections, tinkered, cut ruthlessly, rearranged, and have added my own words to fill any resulting gaps. In this experiment I take my cue from Lovecraft himself, who once wrote in a letter of 1932…

    “Someone ought to go over the cheap magazines and pick out story-germs which have been ruined by popular treatment; then getting the authors’ permission and actually writing the stories.”

  2. Headmistress says:

    @Borrowind Thanks so much for your participation here, Borrowind. I’m looking forward to curling up with a cup of tea and reading your story this afternoon. I do hope to do another session — I hope you can join us again!

  3. Steve says:

    My finished project ‘How to Write an Eldritch Horror.’ A tale eldritch research and creative writing meta-commentary. Pdf hosted on Google Docs.

    Spot which literary references are false, and earn a cookie!

  4. LynnB says:

    I’m about to send my completed project to the final projects page. I wrote this on day two, the first fiction I’ve finished in decades, and am very proud, hope VNS likes it. I’m looking forward to catching up on everybody’s work, have enjoyed the whole process immensely.

    My grade will have to be incomplete, as I just had my busiest week since I worked Cub Scout daycamp 8 or 10 years ago and haven’t finished the readings or essays. Will this site stay up at least a couple of weeks? I hope to catch up after my son moves to college (5 days and counting) and would love to post.my deathless thoughts on race and cuteness.

    Note Found in Bunker 27, although complete in itself, will be the fulcrum of a longer collection of stories of my Change. By Monday I will have the introduction and part of the first story edited and would like to post this bigger piece on the final projects page, if I may.

    Thank you, Headmistress, for the certificate. This project really got me moving. In Joshua, Mathilde explains that she had read Lovecraft but it wasn’t like she taught Extradimensional Trigonometry at VNS every year or anything.

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