We’re back and we’re getting the willies. Has anyone ever used that phrase and not received a derisive response? But, as we’ve discussed before, laughter is often a way of protecting ourselves against fear. And what is scarier than a good ghost story?
Main Topic: Ghosts in Call of Cthulhu part 1
This is the first of two episodes looking at ghosts and how they tie into Call of Cthulhu. Our original plan was to do it all in a single episode, but we talked too much.
As a result, this first part is largely us exploring what we think ghosts might be, as well as discussing what we do and don’t like in a ghost story. If you think the answer is “ghosts”, you might be surprised.
Next episode, we shall dig more into how we’d use ghosts in our games, and whether ghosts even belong in Call of Cthulhu.
Things we mention in this episode include:
- Ghosts as souls in purgatory
- Posthumous miracles of the saints
- Christmas ghost stories
- BBC adaptations of MR James
- A Christmas Carol
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Subsonic vibrations and ghost sightings
- The brown note
- The Bristol Hum
- Stone Tape Theory
- The Stone Tape
- The Shining
- The Changeling
- Hell House by Richard Matheson
- A Manhattan Ghost Story by T M Wright
- The Sixth Sense
- The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
- Casper the Friendly Ghost
- Haunted by James Herbert
- Haunted (film)
- “A Warning to the Curious” by M R James
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
- The Haunting of Hill House (TV programme)
- The Fontana Books of Ghost Stories
- “The Inner Room” by Robert Aickman
- “The Way Station” by Nathan Ballingrud
- Little Lord Georgie in Thetford
- The ghost of Betty Radcliffe
- The Archers
- “The Room in the Tower” by E F Benson
- “Lost Hearts” by M R James
- “The Monkey’s Paw” by W W Jacobs
Concrete Cow 20
Concrete Cow 20 will take place on Saturday the 14th of March. This is Milton Keynes’ own one-day RPG convention, held in the Old Bath House in Wolverton. Tickets are £5 on the door. All three of us will be there and we would love to see you!
Deadlight and Other Dark Turns
The print edition of Dead Light and Other Dark Turns is due out shortly. This classic-era Call of Cthulhu anthology features Alan Bligh’s much-loved “Dead Light”, along with a new scenario, “Saturnine Chalice”, by our very own Matt Sanderson.
Cthulhu Idol Charity Auction
Good friend of the Good Friends, David Kirkby, is auctioning another blasphemous sculpture to raise money for charity. After the success of his earlier Pad’thulhu auction, he’s now selling a unique, hand-painted idol of Cthulhu. The money raised will be split between Cancer Research UK and the firefighting efforts in Australia.