by Lillian Csernica on May 7, 2014
Among the 21 TALES of dark speculative fiction you will find my short story “Camp Miskatonic.” Yes, it’s a Mythos story, but I’m willing to bet you’ve never seen one like this. Termite infestation prevents Maria Sanchez and her cousin Innocencia from attending their usual summer camp through their Catholic church’s youth group. Instead, they find themselves thrown in with a mixture of girls from other Christian denominations. This year’s rival in the camp athletic competition is the mysterious Camp Miskatonic. From the minute the bus pulls up inside the Camp Miskatonic compound, Maria has a bad feeling about the sickly-looking girls in their purple and black camp uniforms with the weird silver squiggle.
This is one of my favorite stories among all the ones I’ve written. I’ve read a lot of Lovecraft, August Derleth, and other authors who have written inside Lovecraft’s universe. I’ve seen a lot of male characters, but very few females. What could be more antithetical to the grim, dark, alien weirdness of the Mythos than an all-girls summer camp run by a Christian church? Maria and Innocencia are both smart, strong girls. They might not live up to the Golden Rule all the time but they do abide by the lessons their Abuela has taught them about what’s right, what’s wrong, and why they should always be home before dark!
So where do the TAILS come in? Dragon’s Roost Press will donate a portion of the proceeds from every copy sold to the Last Day Dog Rescue Organization. This organization rescues dogs from high-kill shelters where the dogs are put down or sold for medical experimentation. I’m a cat person, but I’m more than happy to help out the folks who have dedicated themselves to finding good, safe homes for these poor dogs who don’t deserve to suffer.
Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy my story, along with the twenty other wonderful stories waiting for you!