Happy Birthday to Us!
It was one year ago today that we posted the first episode of The Good Friends of Jackson Elias. This first birthday is a cause for celebration, a time for reflection and another morbid reminder of the inexorable passage of time and the looming spectre of death. Mostly the celebration part, though. Yay! Cake!
Some things have changed in this first year — the sound quality has improved slightly, we’ve worked out how to interview people, and our schedule has become quite random — but much of it is still the same — we still sit around in Paul’s garden shed, there is still plenty to say about Call of Cthulhu and Lovecraft, and half the material comes from us trying to wind each other up. We will be ousted from the garden shed some time in the next few months, though, which will be traumatic. On the other hand, the winter recordings will no longer be dominated by the chattering of Paul’s teeth.
We recently hit 10,000 visits to the blog, and we’re almost at 10,000 downloads of the podcast, so it’s been a pretty successful first year. We’re grateful for all the support, banter and good-natured abuse that you’ve shared with us on social media and the comment threads here. We hope that we can build on all this and continue edging towards competence. And if that fails, we’ll just witter on about Attract Fish a bit more.
Our second year should be an even more exciting one. We’ve had some terrific guests in our first year, including Rafael Chandler, Malcolm Craig and the heads of Cubicle 7, and we plan to continue inviting people who can add much-needed class and competence to the recordings. Call of Cthulhu 7th edition will be out in a few months, and we’ll have plenty to say about that. We have a few new projects in the pipeline that we’re looking forward to being able to discuss, and some older ones that will be coming to fruition soon. We hope you’ll join us as we make our way through all this chaos and wonder.
Plus, we’ll be moving out of the shed. I know I mentioned that already, but it’s exciting!
I just have one question: are you moving out of the shed?
I’m not sure this point has been addressed with sufficient clarity.
You realise that you’ll lose the influential Shed Listeners?
We may be losing the physical shed, but it our spiritual home will always be there. Wherever you find cramped quarters, bone-chilling drafts, spiders as big as your fist and a lingering smell of mould, we will be present, talking shit about Cthulhu.