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, much like the fabled objects in automotive side view mirrors, it is much closer than it seems.
All sequels have a twist, and Vacation Necronomicon School is no exception. This year we will take our inspiration from Lovecraft himself, and the snippets listed in his commonplace book. This is not a new idea, to be sure, but it does add a challenge: how will you use one of his ideas in your own way?
Your final project can be any form of creative output: a story, a painting, a poem, a song, a work of collage, or a very short video – whatever appeals to you. Simply choose a concept from Lovecraft’s commonplace book and find a way to make it your own. (I have included Bruce Sterling’s cheeky 21st century explanations of Lovecraft’s entries below as a humorous example to aid in creative interpretation.)
We only have a limited amount of time, so choose wisely. Projects are due the 30th, our final day this term…