Episode075

We’re back, and we’re talking about everyone’s favourite eldritch curtain-twitcher, Erich Zann. Lovecraft’s short story, The Music of Erich Zann, is a highpoint of his early career. More importantly, it is a rare example of a work that all three of us agree about. The sanity-blasting revelations at the end of the story are nothing compared to such weirdness!

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And almost as uncanny as finding a picture of Erich Zann in which he plays a viol, and not a violin!

This is the shortest Lovecraft story we’ve discussed so far, barely a tenth of the length of The Shadow Out of Time. This has allowed us to fit the entire discussion into a single episode, including the usual mentions of adaptations and ideas for stealing elements for our games.  Admittedly, the discussion on adaptations is brief; while The Music of Erich Zann has been adapted a number of times, it has largely birthed short films or somewhat freer musical interpretations, both of which are tricky to discuss for different reasons.

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Every time we tried to play an example, Paul’s study window revealed an endless vista of cosmic awfulness. Or Buckingham. I get confused.

And speaking of musical adaptations of Lovecraft, we make mention of the ongoing IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, raising money to record their fifth album, The Dukes of Alhazred. Hell, it’s worth giving them money for that title alone!

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Also, those shoggoths won’t feed themselves. Or they will. That may be worse.

 

There is also some discussion of sloths, evisceration and tea, which needs to be illustrated with a photograph. We’re not sure if this makes things any clearer, but it certainly makes them weirder. This is usually the best we can hope for.

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If people are willing to pay a premium for coffee beans that have passed through a civet cat, tea made from sloth urine must be a sure thing!

Episode074

We’re back, and we’re taking a look at David Lynch‘s 2006 film, INLAND EMPIRE. This is a strange, strange film, even by Lynch’s standards, and unravelling it almost proved too much for the three of us. Happily we were able to draft in some extra help, in the eldritch form of Call of Cthulhu line editor and fellow Lynch fan, Mike Mason.

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Artist’s impression.

INLAND EMPIRE is not a film that lends itself to being summarised, so we took a different approach this time. Each of us chose a few scenes, characters or other elements that impressed us and tried to explain why. The order in which we discuss the scenes is not quite the same as that in which they appear in the film, but this seems oddly appropriate.

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Follow us this way for a full explanation.

As ever, we take time to discuss elements we can steal for gaming, and INLAND EMPIRE proved a surprisingly rich source of inspiration. Short of serving magic mushroom pizza to our players, however, nothing is likely to have quite the same impact as the film itself.

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Or maybe playing some kind of rabbit-themed LARP.

Be warned: there is a lot of singing in this episode. The good news is that Mike has had training in this kind of thing, and tried to lead us into new areas of musical expression. The bad news is that this doesn’t mean that the rest of us have learned how to sing.

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“Brutal fucking murder on the ears.”

Our recent cut-off for The Blasphemous Tome issue 1 inspired a record number of Patreon backers. We have had to stagger our thanks somewhat to avoid giving half the episode over to shout-outs. Rest assured that the rest will be in the next episode, along with more singing. Still no death-metal ukulele, though.