An interesting new project has recently been announced by theProtagonist, a Lovecraftian blogger in the DC area of the East Coast.
His site, entitled Stygian Darkness Across The Potomac, incorporates elements of Lovecraftian writing along with a modern blog covering lesser known monuments and historical sites in the Washington, D.C. area.
theProtaganist stopped by to tell us a little bit about his curious project.
theProtaganist: My blog is a fictional pastiche of H.P. Lovecraft's Mythos cycle set in the 21st century. Specifically, the blog will use various famous (and many not so famous) monuments and memorials around the Washington, D.C. area to intersect with the Cthulhu Mythos. My inspiration comes from many of Lovecraft's tales which use real places and are written in letter format. If Lovecraft were alive today, I believe he would be very comfortable using such new media and forms communication, such as blogs and email. I write the blog in order to keep the Mythos "alive," if you will, and not for any financial purposes. The blog is not affliated with Choasium or any other company, but based upon my own imagination, research of the National Capital region and of course the Mythos as espoused by Lovecraft himself.
Also, a second reason I've created this blog is so that readers will hopefuly learn more about the history of the Washington, D.C. area, an area full of sometimes strange and unusual museums, buildings, monuments and memorials that are not always listed in guide books and historical texts. I have lived in the Washington, D.C. area for over ten years now and have barely scratched the surface of the various historically significant sites located here. I hope more people will visit the blog and enjoy the pastiche while learning something new at the same time.
LNN: Sounds great. Implementing Lovecraftian pastiche as a pedagogical tool for understanding local history is a fantastic idea, and we wish you the best. If only we could now convince the National Education Association to adopt this style of curriculum into the public school system en masse. . . It would also make for one hell of an episode of Reading Rainbow, if you get the chance.