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The Cthulhu Mythos, as drawn by children
November 17, 2010 12:58 PM   Subscribe

David Milano, who ran an art project for a children's choir in the weeks before Halloween, exposes kids to the world of Lovecraft. We've seen students in higher education do this, why not elementary school kids?
posted by Apocryphon (26 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Because most elementary school math classes don't cover non-Euclidean geometry?
posted by Scoo at 1:07 PM on November 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


Because the 50-pack of Crayolas doesn't contain The Color Out of Space?
posted by felix at 1:13 PM on November 17, 2010 [7 favorites]


Because ia ia Shub Niggurath, Black Goat of the Woods?
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:14 PM on November 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Already linked in that still open thread.
posted by Zed at 1:15 PM on November 17, 2010


I missed this earlier, how cool.
posted by everichon at 1:21 PM on November 17, 2010


I hope Mr Milano remembered to tell these children to make all the paper corners as round as possible. Hard to tell from the scanned drawings...
posted by Iosephus at 1:40 PM on November 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human child to correlate all the contents of his crayola box.
posted by empath at 1:47 PM on November 17, 2010 [5 favorites]


Because their cold dead eyes, now filled with the madness of Knowing will set them apart from the other students on the playground?
posted by quin at 1:55 PM on November 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


It is uncommon to draw with all six pencils in a pencil case with great suddenness when one would probably be sufficient.
posted by Artw at 3:04 PM on November 17, 2010


This immediately made me think of Penny Arcade's The Last Christmas
posted by heathkit at 3:13 PM on November 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Lovecraft for kids -- starring the voice of Lorenzo Music!

I've really been reading Lovecraft (as opposed to, say, playing the RPG) for the first time this past couple of weeks. When I was a young reader, I didn't get into his work because there were so many pounds of boring purple prose to get through before you got to the monsters. I'm glad he's gotten kids to appreciate the stories this way.
posted by Countess Elena at 4:00 PM on November 17, 2010


What, no Nyarlathotep?

You can tell that some of these are drawn by kids because they don't have enough arms and legs.
posted by XMLicious at 5:02 PM on November 17, 2010


If any of those kids start publishing their own amateur fiction zines or develop strong early experimental interests in astronomy or chhemistry, I'd say their careers would bear watching. (As well as any tendency to use words like rugose or squamous....)
posted by JHarris at 5:10 PM on November 17, 2010


Those children's drawings are eerily similar to drawings made by UFO abductees.
posted by jonp72 at 5:41 PM on November 17, 2010


I'm waiting for the Rankin/Bass version...
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:47 PM on November 17, 2010


Wow! Some of those kids are perfectly f'tagn. Ia!
posted by malocchio at 6:05 PM on November 17, 2010


Is it weird for me to think that my kids should read kid books and not worry about the Crawling Chaos until they're maybe in high school? Otherwise.
posted by sneebler at 8:06 PM on November 17, 2010


I'm sick of these bat-wing zealots bringing religion into the classroom.
posted by benzenedream at 9:48 PM on November 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


This will be useful material for the Call of Cthulhu campaign I'm about to start running, tbh. It's almost never a bad time to use a creepy child character that 'sees things'.
posted by empath at 5:48 AM on November 18, 2010


Yes.
posted by FatherDagon at 6:57 AM on November 18, 2010


I think of H.P. Lovecraft as an amusingly ridiculous writer. While his work is not all that enjoyable to read, it does lend itself to interesting satires, such as the first Ghostbusters movie, which I would describe as a Lovecraftian comedy.
posted by grizzled at 7:04 AM on November 18, 2010


What, no Nyarlathotep?

Well, his first real big appearance was in Dream Quest to Unknown Kadath, good luck keeping kids focused on that...
posted by Artw at 7:15 AM on November 18, 2010


On the other hand: Kitty Vs Moon Beast battle scenes!
posted by Artw at 7:16 AM on November 18, 2010


Kitty Vs Moon Beast battle scenes!

Wish this dude would finish his Strange High House in the Mist adaptation and reprint his Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. Ah well, maybe I can find it in the back-issue bins at Wondercon.
posted by Zed at 7:37 AM on November 18, 2010


Afterwards there will be kitty snuggles!
posted by Artw at 9:55 AM on November 18, 2010


The Mad Arab Abdul Alhazred's cookbook: The Necro-om-nom-nom-icon
posted by ...possums at 1:14 PM on November 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


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