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NecronomiCon: 5th Edition
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The Cthulhu Mythos Convention
August 17-19, 2001
Providence, Rhode Island
at the Marriott


Guests of Honor

Guest of Honor:  Richard A. Lupoff
Special Guests of Honor:  Chaosium, Inc. and Necronomicon Press

Convention Committee Members

David S. Hammann, Franklin Hummel, Friday Jones, Robert “Mac” McLaughlin, Marc A. Michaud, Chuck Morgan, Michael James Oetting, and Joan C. Stanley.

Program Participants

Greg Agostini; James Anderson; Dr. Bruce Ballon; Carl Jay Buchanan; Peter Cannon; Dr. John Dean; David S. Hammann; Daniel Harms; C.J. Henderson; Chris Jarocha-Ernst; Friday Jones; Charlie Krank; John Langan; Andrew Leman; Donovan K. Loucks; Donna McDermott-Thorland; Robert “Mac” McLaughlin; Marc A. Michaud; Gary C. Myers; Robert M. Price; Joseph Pulver, Sr.; Faye Ringel; Philip C. Robinson; Allen Ruch; Thom Ryng; Stanley C. Sargent; Ann K. Schwader; Darrell Schweitzer; Joan C. Stanley; Jason Thompson; Jody Trout; John Tynes; Aaron Vanek; Bob Waugh; and Corey Whitworth.

Commentaries and Other Links

Programming Schedule

Friday, August 17, 2001

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Dealers’-Artists’ Room (Sessions)

Afternoon
Gaming: “John Dean’s Necronomicon, Part 1”
Live-action role-playing across downtown Providence and the Brown University campus. Check in at the “Cthulhu Live” table in the Dealers’ Room. [PST Productions (Keepers)]
Gaming: “Witchfinder”
A WWII Delta Green live-action adventure set in the Balkans. Check in at the “Cthulhu Live” table in the Dealers’ Room. [PST Productions (Keepers)]
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM – Walking Tour #1 (Meet in Lobby)
Donovan Loucks leads a walking tour of Lovecraftian sites on College Hill. [Loucks (Guide)]
3:00 PM to 5:30 PM – Walking Tour #2 (Meet in Lobby)
Chris Jarocha-Ernst leads a walking tour of College Hill’s Lovecraftian sites. [Jarocha-Ernst (Guide)]
Time Britannia Defiance-Republic Reprisal Washington (A/V Room) Parlor One Parlor Two
12:00 N      
Uzumaki (2000; Japan)
With English subtitles.
   
12:30 PM
1:00 PM
1:30 PM
2:00 PM
Reading by Thomas Ryng
A reading by Mr. Ryng of his own work. [Ryng]
Curse of the Blue Lights (1988)
Gaming: “The Terror of Devil’s Lake”
A modern-day “Call of Cthulhu” adventure. (5 hours) [Ballon (Keeper)]
Gaming: “The AP History Project”
A modern-day “Call of Cthulhu” adventure. (5 hours) [Vanek (Keeper)]
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
Reading by Ann K. Schwader
A reading by Ms. Schwader of her own writings. [Schwader]
 
3:30 PM
4:00 PM  
The Future of (e)Publishing
A discussion of electronic publishing and its future. [Krank, Lupoff, Michaud, Ruch (Moderator)]
Stephen King, the Mythos, & More
A solo presentation on Stephen King. [Langan]
Castle Freak (1995)
4:30 PM
5:00 PM    
5:30 PM

Evening
Time Defiance-Republic Reprisal Washington (A/V Room) Parlor One Parlor Two
6:30 PM    
Babylon 5: Thirdspace (1998)
Gaming: “The Terror of Devil’s Lake” (cont.)
Gaming: “The AP History Project” (cont.)
7:00 PM
7:30 PM
Lovecraft’s Own Necronomicon?
The presentation of what may be Lovecraft’s own copy of the Necronomicon. NOTE: This panel is part of “Cthulhu Live” gaming. Pretend violence may occur. [Dean, Price (Moderator), and others]
   
8:00 PM
The Unnamable (1988)
Gaming: “Club of the Seven Dreamers”
A Dreamlands “Call of Cthulhu” Adventure. [Thompson (Keeper)]
Gaming: “The Hills Rise Wild” & “Cults Across America”
The playing of two Mythos-related boardgames. [Lynch (Keeper)]
8:30 PM
9:00 PM
Reading #1 by Richard Lupoff
A reading of one of his stories by Guest of Honor Richard Lupoff. [Lupoff]
Painting Yourself (into) a Corner
The pros and cons of developing your own corner of the mythos. [Cannon (Moderator), Henderson, Jarocha-Ernst, Schweitzer]
9:30 PM
10:00 PM    
The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter (1993)
10:30 PM
11:00 PM
11:30 PM
12:00 M – Gaming: Mythos Card Game
A very early morning Mythos card gaming competition. (3-4 hours) [Robinson, Whitworth (Keepers)]

Saturday, August 18, 2001

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM – Dealers’-Artists’ Room (Sessions)

Morning
Gaming: “John Dean’s Necronomicon, Part 2”
The continuation of the “Cthulhu Live!” adventure begun on Saturday. [PST Productions (Keepers)]
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM – Walking Tour #3 (Meet in Lobby)
Darrell Schweitzer leads a walking tour of Lovecraftian sites on College Hill. [Schweitzer (Guide)]
Time Britannia Defiance-Republic Reprisal Washington (A/V Room)
9:00 AM    
C.A. Smith & M.R. James
A short talk and discussion on these two authors. [Buchanan]
The Real Ghostbusters
“Collect Call of Cathulhu” and “Russian About”
9:30 AM
10:00 AM
Further Tales of Necronomicon Press
A discussion of NecroPress by its founder and Special Guest of Honor, Marc A. Michaud. [Michaud]
Lovecraft & Literary Criticism 101
The first of two panels on the literary criticism of HPL. [Anderson (Moderator), Cannon, Ruch]
The Investigators World Premiere
10:30 AM
11:00 AM
Have You Seen the Yellow Sign?
A discussion of Robert Chambers’ strange symbol and other aspects of his works. [Ryng, Tynes, Vanek (Moderator)]
Racism & the Mythos
A look at how racist attitudes by Lovecraft and Howard influenced the Mythos. [Harms, Jarocha-Ernst, Langan, Loucks (Moderator)]
Math & the Mythos Squared
A follow-up talk by an assistant professor of mathematics at Dartmouth College. [Trout]
11:30 AM
12:00 N
Recent Mythos Fiction
The good, the bad, and the really bad. [Henderson, Lupoff, Pulver (Moderator), Sargent]
20 Years of “Call of Cthulhu”
Hearing the “Call of Cthulhu” and how it changed our lives, with Special Guest of Honor Charlie Krank and others. [Ballon, Hammann (Moderator), Krank, Robinson, Tynes]
Lovecraft & Literary Criticism 102
The second of two panels on the literary criticism of HPL. [Buchanan, Ringel, Waugh (Moderator)]
12:01 (1993)
(92 min.)
12:30 PM
1:00 PM      
1:30 PM

Afternoon
Time Britannia Defiance-Republic Reprisal Washington (A/V Room) Parlor One Parlor Two
2:00 PM      
Berkeley Square (1933)
 
Gaming: “The Hills Rise Wild” & “Cults Across America”
Another session of playing two Mythos boardgames. [Lynch (Keeper)]
2:30 PM
The Times of H.P. Lovecraft
A look at the historical period in which Lovecraft lived. [McDermott-Thorland, Myers, Ringel (Moderator)]
The Case of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
A look at one of Lovecraft’s longest stories. [Cannon, Langan, Michaud (Moderator), Waugh]
Mythos Prop-Making for Game & Film
A discussion on how to make effective Mythos-related objects. [Leman, McLaughlin (Moderator), Vanek, and others]
3:00 PM
Gaming: An Introduction to Mythos
An introduction to playing the Mythos card game. [Robinson, Whitmore (Keepers)]
3:30 PM
4:00 PM    
Lovecraft & the Colonial Revival
A slideshow presentation by a staff member of Salem’s Peabody-Essex Museum. [McDermott-Thorland]
Innsmouth Wo Oou Kage (Japan)
Japanese with no English subtitles.
4:30 PM
5:00 PM
The Future of NecronomiCon
Discussing whether NecronomiCon has a future. [Hammann, Jones, McLaughlin (Moderator), Stanley and others]
   
5:30 PM

Evening
Time Defiance-Republic Reprisal Washington (A/V Room) Parlor One Parlor Two
6:00 PM      
Gaming: “White Leviathan”
A “Call of Cthulhu” game with an early 19th century Herman Melville theme. [Ruch (Keeper)]
Gaming: “Return of the Nibelungen”
A “CoC” adventure set in 1920s Berlin. [Hammann (Keeper)]
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
Chilean Gothic (1999; Chile)
English subtitles. (45 min.)
7:30 PM
8:00 PM
Dreaming of Kadath
A quiet look at Lovecraft, his dreams, and the Dreamlands. [Cannon (Moderator), Myers, Price, Thompson]
Mythos Short Film Contest
Shoggoth on the Roof, directed by Andrew Lehman; A Portion of Ka, directed by Brian Poe; The Yellow Sign (world premiere), directed by Aaron Vanek; In the Vault, directed by Geoffrey Clark; Cool Air, directed by Bryan Moore; Nyarlathotep (world premiere), directed by Christian Matzke; and The Voice Inside, directed by BiFF JUGGERNAUT. [Jones (Moderator) and others]
8:30 PM
9:00 PM
Reading #2 by Richard Lupoff
Guest of Honor Richard Lupoff reads one of his stories. [Lupoff]
HPL & REH Together
A look at the fictional adventures together of Howard Lovecraft and Robert Howard. [Cannon, Price (Moderator), Waugh]
9:30 PM
10:00 PM  
Reading by Carl Jay Buchanan
A reading by the author of his poems dealing with Jack the Ripper. [Buchanan]
Gaming: “Close to Home”
A 1930s “Call of Cthulhu” game with players as HPL and other Weird Fiction writers. (4 hours.) [Thompson (Keeper)]
10:30 PM
11:00 PM  
We Await (1996; U.S.)
11:30 PM
12:00 M – Gaming: Mythos Competition (Parlor One)
Another early-morning round of the Mythos card game; 3-4 hours. [Robinson, Whitworth (Keepers)]

Sunday, August 19, 2001

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM – Dealers’-Artists’ Room (Sessions)

Morning and Afternoon
10:00 AM to 12:00 N – The Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast (Grand Ballroom)
Our Guests of Honor speak, the Bloch Awards are presented, and Rev. Robert Price sermonizes, with hymns praising the Great Old Ones! Tickets not sold at the convention. [Krank, Lupoff, Michaud, Ringel, Price, and others]
Time Defiance-Republic Reprisal Washington (A/V Room) Parlor Two
9:00 AM    
Dark Heritage: The Final Descendant (1990)
 
9:30 AM
10:00 AM
The Breakfast Alternative
For those non-believers, an open discussion with some of our participants. [Anderson (Moderator), Loucks (Moderator), and others]
Gaming: “D.C. Noir”
1950s Washington D.C. Cold War “Call of Cthulhu” adventure. [Hammann (Keeper)]
10:30 AM
Dark Waters (1994)
11:00 AM
11:30 AM
12:00 N  
Lovecraft’s Hidden Religion
12:30 PM
The Mythos & Films, Yet Again
Recent and not-so-recent film and video discoveries. [Agostini, Leman, Jones (Moderator), Vanek]
Humor & Horror
If you can’t scream, laugh. [Price, Ringel, Robinson (Moderator), Sargent]
1:00 PM
1:30 PM
How I Met Mr. Lovecraft
Our Guests tell how they first encountered Lovecraft’s writings and the Mythos. The audience is encouraged to share their own experiences. [Jarocha-Ernst (Moderator), Krank, Lupoff, Michaud]
 
2:00 PM
The Beast Within (1982)
 
2:30 PM  
3:00 PM
 
 
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