We’re back and we’re getting sick of these fleshy bodies of ours. They’re always going wrong and they’re too expensive to maintain. This only seems to get worse the longer we have them. We suspect they’re long out of warranty by now. Happily, our new buzzy friends seem to have the perfect solution for us. They’ve told us that it’s not unlike taking a long, warm bath. A very long one. Maybe forever.
Main Topic: The Whisperer in Darkness part 4
This is the fourth instalment of our multi-episode investigation of Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Whisperer in Darkness”. Last episode, Albert Wilmarth had become troubled by the increasingly bizarre letters from his new friend Henry Akeley. Someone or something also seemed to be interfering with their correspondence, stealing stones and sending fake telegrams. Now, after receiving a typewritten letter telling him all the alien attacks were a simple misunderstanding, Wilmarth has decided to accept Akeley’s invitation to Vermont. This can only lead to a happy ending.
Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. Happily, we have worked out how to network our brain cylinders. We just hope these attachments provide a reasonable simulacrum of human speech.
Things we mention in this episode include:
- “The Whisperer in Darkness” by HP Lovecraft
- “Vermont – a First Impression” by HP Lovecraft
- “The Fungi From Yuggoth” by HP Lovecraft
- Elfs by Ron Edwards
- The Thing (1982)
- General Relativity
- “William and Mary” by Roald Dahl
- Fall of Cthulhu
- “The Shadow Out of Time” by HP Lovecraft
- Body horror
- Paradise Lost by John Milton
- Worzel Gummidge
The Blasphemous Tome 6
Issue 6 of The Blasphemous Tome is now shipping! This is the print-only fanzine we put out every year for our Patreon backers. It is licensed by Chaosium and contains material for the Call of Cthulhu RPG. In particular, this issue features a new scenario by our own Paul Fricker, called “Of This Men Shall Know Nothing”, set in the latter days of World War II.
Don’t worry if you haven’t secured your Tome yet. All hope is not yet lost! We shall send you a copy or copies if you back us by the end of December 2020.
Matt at the Miskatonic Repository Convention
Matt took part in a panel at the recent Miskatonic Repository Convention, talking about how to write scenarios for Call of Cthulhu. He was joined by such luminaries as Jon Hook, Oscar Rios and Call of Cthulhu line editor, Mike Mason. Happily, the panel was recorded and you can watch it on YouTube merely by clicking below.
A Good Friends Christmas Carol
To help everyone get into the Christmas spirit, good friend of the Good Friends Mike Perceval-Maxwell is organising a reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in the week before Christmas. He will be joined by Dominic Allen, Rina Haenze, Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward. This is an edited version of the story, cut down to a suitable size for readings by Mr Dickens himself.
We will read the story over four evenings — the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th of December. Each reading will start at 10 PM GMT and run for around 30 minutes. The readings will take place in the Bar voice channel of our Discord server. We also plan to record the readings and make them available later for those who cannot listen live.