We’re back and we’re catching up with our sleep. Don’t worry, we’re still using this time productively, just like Edgar Cayce taught us. Whether it’s diagnosing your athlete’s foot, telling you of your past life in ancient K’n-yan, or just prophesying the fall of Penge again, we’re on the case. Just take care not to transcribe any snoring as that just tends to confuse the reading. Now, can you leave us to peruse the Akashic Records for another 15 minutes? We were up late last night.
Strange NPCs: Edgar Cayce
We are returning to our Strange NPCs format, in which we look into the lives of historical figures who might inspire our games of Call of Cthulhu. This began with our first two “Great NPCs of History” episodes (one and two). We then had more detailed episodes about Albert Fish and Louis Wain.
This episode looks into the life of Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet. While Cayce’s work grew in fame following his death, becoming a cornerstone of the New Age movement, his origins were more humble. That’s not to say they weren’t filled with strange events. We delve into his life, belief and legacy, looking for elements we might include in our games.
Thank you to Mecrutio on our Discord server for suggesting this topic.
Things we mention in this episode include:
- New Age movement
- William Blake
- Potato salad kickstarter
- L Ron Hubbard
- Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L Ron Hubbard by Russell Miller
- “The Call of Cthulhu” by HP Lovecraft
- Edgar Cayce’s beliefs about reincarnation and scripture
- There is a River by Thomas Sugrue
- The Association of National Investigators
- Edgar Cayce Hospital
- Kult: Divinity Lost
- TENS machines
- Wall Street Crash
- Akashic Records
- Helena Blavatsky
- CW Leadbeater
- Rudolf Steiner
- Root Races in Theosophy
- Bimini Road
- The Association for Research and Enlightenment
- Wilhelm Reich
- Orgone accumulator
- James Randi
- Harry Houdini
- “Under the Pyramids” by HP Lovecraft for Harry Houdini
- A Cold Fire Within
Submissions for The Blasphemous Tome issue 11
While the next issue of The Blasphemous Tome is still a few months away, we’re currently open for submissions. If you have a short article, poem or piece of flash fiction of up to 500 words, or some artwork (black and white or colour) that you think we’d like, we’d love to see it! You can send them to email@example.com
Submissions for this issue will be open until the end of April 2023.
Blasphemous Tome 4a Rerelease
We’re continuing our rereleases of out-of-print issues of our fanzine, The Blasphemous Tome. Issue 4a was one of our print-only publications and has not been available as a PDF until now. All Patreon backers of the Good Friends can now download the PDF, along with many other back issues. Anyone backing us at the $3 level or above before the end of March 2023 will also receive a voucher for a heavily discounted print-on-demand copy.
Issue 4b is in the pipeline and will be available for download in early April.
Paul at Chaosium Con
Paul will be attending Chaosium Con in Ann Arbor, Michigan, between April 13-16. Please do say hi if you spot him in the wild.