Camp Shadow Nook opened in 1954 as an all girls camp in Winchester TN, conveniently located on the idyllic Lake Pall. In the Summer of 1973, a tornado decimated the little camp. Only 2 survived, both counselors, after being sent to tie up the horses while the outer banks of Shadow Nook crumbled and slid into Lake Pall, taking all the campers and staff hiding in the Playhouse in with it. For 27 years the camp slept, abandoned, until the two survivors returned (now 43) and decided to reopen camp as the new directors. They fixed up the camp in 4 years time, reestablished traditions and rules, hired a new staff, and held their grand re-open in June of 2004. Though the success of the reopen spoke for itself both in popularity and in profit, whispers of ghosts flit through the town of Winchester. It wasn’t until 2020 that these stories raised anything more than an eyebrow. The camp had run smoothly, sans tragedy, for nearly 16 years, and that was good enough for the parents sending their daughters to Camp Shadow Nook. But in the third week when a junior camper goes missing, followed by two seniors, and then a counselor, 6 unlikely heroes venture into the unknown to rescue the missing campers, only to discover the camp's dark past bubbling just beneath its surface
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Between the years of 1980 and 2000, creatures called the Dwellers built a subaqueous version of camp, using the ruins, various debris and sunken sailboats to build upward, creating a gaunt tower of found objects surrounded by a city of old cabins. The old Playhouse, crushed, worn, and waterlogged from the storm of '73 remains the central meeting place, with the old bell still beside it. Years of collecting lost flashlights, bulbs, and lanterns along with the mysterious powers of Lake Pall allowed them to create a system of lights to illuminate the darkness. Never again to see their families, the Dwellers made do with their surroundings, haunting the dormant lake until one day the camp reopened and the possibility of escape was within reach
Below Shadow Nook, in the depths of Lake Pall, lies the lost camp of 73’. Lives preserved by a mysterious supernatural energy in Director Peyton’s “Heart of Camp” Stone, the 87 campers and 26 counselors and staff evolve over the 27 years into creatures as slimy and derelict as the ruins of the old cabins and lost camp buildings. In the three days the search and rescue team took to reach the banks, the lake dragged each camper and staff member down to its floor. The search and rescue team declared them ‘gone without a trace’ but little did they know Lake Pall’s new inhabitants were entangled in seaweed for 7 years as their bodies changed and adapted to the ph of the lake, grew gills to breathe, traded fingers for webbed flippers and eyes for eerie yellow orbs that allowed them to see in the dark of the lake. Only then did they have the resources to break free of their entrapments let the situation at hand sink in.