Campus Crusade for CthulhuActive members: about 30
If you think pyrotechnic “rituals,” including a “virgin sacrifice,” sound interesting, then Campus Crusade for Cthulhu may be the club for you. (Don’t worry, they don’t actually kill the virgin.)
“Where else can you see pyrotechnics like that?” asked Edwin R. Karat Ph.D. ’99, founder of the MIT tentacle of Campus Crusade for Cthulhu.
Campus Crusade for Cthulhu was inspired by the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, who “used to write about a fictional cult so convincingly that some people thought it actually existed,” Karat said. “In part, it is a Lovecraft fan club.”
The club’s activities include “rituals,” which are generally pyrotechnic stage performances, and readings of of Lovecraft’s writings. Additionally, members are working on compiling a library of Lovecraft fiction and cult books, Karat said.
A ritual can get a turnout of about 50 people. One ritual the club orchestrates every other years is a “virgin sacrifice.” Rituals often take place in the Senior House courtyard or the East Campus sand pit.
Karat was the president of Campus Crusade for Cthulhu at the University of California, Berkeley, as an undergraduate. Upon arriving at MIT, he found sufficient interest in the group’s activities, so he founded the MIT tentacle in 1995. There is also an active group at Cambridge University, in England.