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