Nameless Horrors creep from the shadows

8 May, 2015

Nameless Horrors

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” ― H P Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature

It’s a big day here at Blasphemous Tomes! Nameless Horrors, the first book on which the three of us collaborated, is now available from Chaosium as a PDF. A physical print run will follow in the not-too-distant future.

Nameless Horrors is a collection of six scenarios written to a specific set of criteria. As the title suggests, there are no familiar gods or monsters in any of the scenarios, although each is very much rooted in the Mythos. There are no easy solutions, and going in with guns blazing is only going to end badly. Finally, all the scenarios are standalone, designed to be played over the course of one or two evenings. Each scenario includes a set of pre-generated investigators, all with something to gain or lose from the horrific situation in which they find themselves.

People who backed the Call of Cthulhu 7th edition Kickstarter at the following levels should have received an email with a code allowing them to download the PDF for free: Ghastly Ghoul, Terrible Tcho-Tcho, Dank Deep One, Nihilistic Nightgaunt, Malevolent Mi-Go, Digital Dhole, Enigmatic Elder Thing, Slobbering Shoggoth, and all levels including and above Gruesome Gug.

The scenarios are:

An Amaranthine Desire — The investigators find themselves in the doomed English seaport of Dunwich, encountering strange echoes of the night that sealed the fate of all who dwell there.

A Message of Art — The investigators are invited to attend the closing party of the Salon de la Rose + Croix, rubbing shoulders with the Parisian elite, while finding out that the cost of truly great art is sometimes death.

And Some Fell on Stony Ground — Life in small-town America of the 1920s is not quite what it was for residents of Stowell. Local people are behaving strangely and events are escalating. Can the investigators get to the bottom of the mystery and survive before the entire town explodes in frenzy of blood and crime?

Bleak Prospect — Residents of a shantytown in Depression-era Massachusetts find their community under assault from unknown forces. Who or what is preying on them? Will the investigators find out before those they hold dear are destroyed?

The Moonchild — David Barber was driven to make a terrible pact to save his son’s life, allowing a great evil to be unleashed upon a unsuspecting world. Drawn together by a mutual acquaintance, the investigators must work together to uncover the truth or fall under the spell of the Moonchild.

The Space Between — What was planned as a fantastic new feature film is turning into the shoot from hell. The leading lady has vanished, the director has retreated from the world, and the police are sniffing around the set. It is up to the investigators to get the film back on track and share its vision with the world.

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