“An Excerpt from the Philippine Journal of Archaeology (04 October, 1916)” in Likhaan 8

I am happy to announce that my Lovecraftian fantasy story (as told through footnotes), “An Excerpt from the Philippine Journal of Archaeology (04 October, 1916)” is scheduled to appear in Likhaan Journal 8 by the U.P. Institute of Creative Writing.

This work explores the deeply-rooted racism inherent in scientific circles during the American Colonial period. It also references the self-same Yellow-peril prejudice that H.P. Lovecraft held against those he disdainfully called “Asiatics”.  In fact the text directly uses phrases borrowed from Lovecraft’s own private letters.

Regarding the setting, having hiked through Mt. Pinatubo a few times, the place names and descriptions I used are based on my knowledge of the area, while the geological assessments came from the research papers of local mining companies. For those interested in a little mystery, the next time you visit the walled city of Intramuros in Manila, take a look at the plaque on Sta. Lucia Barracks. It will tell you the ultimate fate of what the research team of Pölzl and Ashley unearthed.

Lastly, in keeping up my recent (unplanned – I swear) theme of Creatures of Philippines Lower Mythology, this work may or may not feature one or more aswang.  As most Filipinos know an “aswang” is a demonic-looking bat-winged monster that flies off at night seeking to eat the liver and other viscera  of unwary humans.

I believe Likhaan Journal 8 will be coming out this December 2014.

Aswang

Picture above is a still from the NBC series “Grimm”, the episode “Mommy Dearest”

4 thoughts on ““An Excerpt from the Philippine Journal of Archaeology (04 October, 1916)” in Likhaan 8

  1. Hi Sir Ocampo! Would it be possible if you could answer my questions, via email, about “An Excerpt from the Philippine Journal of Archaeology”? I would just like to know the context of the text, what the text is mainly about or what it’s alluding to, what the intended message is, and what you want readers to gain from reading it. We will be discussing this text in a literature class I’m taking and it would be great if I could get firsthand information from the author himself. Thank you so much!

  2. Hi Sir Ocampo! Would it be possible if you could answer my questions, via email, about “An Excerpt from the Philippine Journal of Archaeology”? I would just like to know the context of the text, what the text is mainly about or what it’s alluding to, what the intended message is, and what you want readers to gain from reading it. We will be discussing this text in a literature class I’m taking and it would be great if I could get firsthand information from the author himself. Thank you so much!

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