Hello everyone! I know it has been a while since an article has been posted (in fact I believe the last post was in January); work has been insane over the last year, particularly over the summer thanks to Harmful Algal Blooms. However, I wanted to give an update on a few things. First, the NecronomiCon 2019 begins in only a few days! Just wanted give you my schedule – looking forward to seeing and meeting everyone!
On Saturday, 9 – 10:15 am, I am on a panel called “WE ARE NOT ONE THING: COLONIES, HIVES, COLLECTIVES AND COMPOSITES.” I will specifically be providing input on clonal organisms and the evolutionary advantage of such colonies.
I am also the Session Chair for the Armitage Symposium: Lovecraftian Grimoires: East & West, which will be on Saturday, 3:00 – 4:15 pm
I am also giving a presentation as part of the Armitage Symposium: Polar Myths & the Old Ones. My presentation is called “The Lackey / Fifer Hypothesis: The Weakness of the Old Ones.” This session is on Sunday, 10:30 – 11:45 am.
Finally, I will be giving an Academic Talk on Lovecraftian Ecosystems on Sunday, 1:30 – 2:45 pm.
Also want to mention that we will be completing Volume 3 of The Journal of Lovecraftian Science after the NecronomiCon and will be shipping out hard copies in the early fall. I want to thank all of the supporters of our Kickstarter for Volume 3 and apologize for the delays in getting this tome to you. By the way, we will also have copies of Volumes 1 and 2 of the Journal on sale at the NecronomiCon if you are interested in purchasing a copy.
Thank you and looking forward to seeing and talking to everyone in Providence, Rhode Island in a few days!
Just wanted to give everyone a brief summary of the 2017 NecronomiCon from a Lovecraftian Science point of view. Thursday night we witnessed the incredibly “meta” and fantastic play “The Tattered King” translated and directed by Michael Tazzerati and produced by the Historical Society of Carcosa. Immediately after that was the Dark Adventure Radio Theater’s “The Haunter of the Dark” presented by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. Finished the evening with the Black Lodge Party at Thee Red Fez.
The Armitage Symposium was kicked off Friday morning by Niels Hobbs and Dennis P. Quinn and over lunch we participated in a live show of the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast where Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer reviewed two August Derleth tales. Later, I gave a talk as part of the Armitage Symposium – “The Lovecraftian Solar System: A Tour of Our Cosmic Neighborhood Through the Eyes of H.P. Lovecraft.” After that I was on the panel “The Fairy Folk: Faerie in the Weird Tradition” with Jeff Shanks, Gwendolyn Kiste, Faye Ringel and Paul Di Filippo. Our moderator was Rory Raven and it was a blast! That evening went to another Dark Adventure Radio Theater show presented by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. This time it was an original tale – “The Brotherhood of the Beast.”
Saturday morning was on the panel – “The Edge of Space: Where Sci-Fi and Cosmic Horror Meet.” The Moderator was Vincent O’Neil, who has written a variety of books, including the very entertaining Interlands and Denizens. The other panelists included Nnedi Okorafor, Lois Gresh and Robert Waugh. Great conversation and got to snap a photo with Nnedi, who has written the sci-fi book Binti, which is a great book both my daughter and I have read. Looking forward to the other two books in this trilogy!
The panel for “The Edge of Space: Where Sci-Fi and Cosmic Horror Meet.”
Later I gave a talk as part of the Academic Talks Program, which was coordinated by Mrinalini Nikrad. My Academic My talk was on “H.P. Lovecraft’s Understanding and Misrepresentation of the Theory of Evolution in his Tales” and was followed by the entertaining presentation “Queer Geometry and Higher Dimensions: Mathematics in the Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft” by Daniel Look, Ph.D. I was then the moderator of a panel called “Miskatonic U. and the Mythos.” The panelists included Sean Branney, Will Murray, Anne Pilsworth, Robert Waugh and Douglas Wynne. I was very nervous but we had a great time thinking about what sort of classes the university would include in their curriculum. Later that night had dinner with some of the crew from the Lovecraft eZine and Patreon members. Some great food, drink and conservation!
On Sunday morning, went to the Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast overseen by the great Reverend Cody Goodfellow. Later, I was the session chair for the Armitage Symposium session “Emanations Abominations: Lovecraft Around the Globe.” The presenters included Lucio Reis Filho, Elena Tchougounova-Paulson and Sean Moreland. After that it was time to head home. Now getting back to working on new articles for the WordPress page, mailing out the last of the Kickstarter books and then making hard copies of the Journal of Lovecraftian Science available for direct purchase. It was great to see everyone at the NecronomiCon this year, a BIG thank you to Niels Hobbs! Already looking forward to 2019! Thank you – Fred.
The Reverend Cody Goodfellow
This is a brief note on an interesting piece of information I found while conducting my studies on Lovecraft and mathematics. In the paper in Mathematics I previously mentioned – H.P. Lovecraft: A Horror in Higher Dimensions (written by Thomas Hull of Merrimack College, North Andover, MA) – the author noted that John Dee translated Euclid’s The Elements into English.
John Dee by an unknown artist (from Wikipedia.org)
John Dee (1527 – 1609) was a mathematician, astronomer, astrologer and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I who had many other titles and varied interests. Dee was one of those individuals who was born and lived through the Renaissance and worked equally in science / mathematics as well as magic / alchemy. However, Lovecraft fans may recognize the name of the man who translated Olaus Wormius’s Latin version of the Necronomicon into English. This idea was first cited in a story by Frank Belknap Long called The Space Eaters.
Illustration from Frank Belknap Long’s story The Space Eaters (Weird Tales, July 1928)
It is mentioned in Joshi’s I am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft (2013), that HPL cited this Dee translation of the Necronomicon in later stories. This would not be surprising since HPL would frequently incorporate the ideas or concepts other writers had into his stories to expand on the growing myth. However, I can not find any Dee citations in either his own stories or revised tales. If anyone can provide specific passages where HPL cited the Dee text it would be most appreciated. My guess is that these references originate from letters, essays or other correspondences of HPL’s. Mr. Long did provide a fragment of the Dee-translated Necronomicon and this has been published in Robert M. Price’s The Necronomicon (Chaosium, 1996).
In any event, it is interesting that John Dee translated both Euclid’s The Elements and Abdul Alhazred’s Necronomicon. I wonder which one he translated first? I am assuming Euclid’s was translated first because where to you go after you translate the Necronomicon? Also, I’m sure he would have been laughing at all of the strict rules of Euclidean geometry after translating the Necronomicon. Next time the discussion will be back on the Witch House and higher dimensions. Thank you – Fred
The Necronomicon by Marc Simonetti (from The Art of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos)