Episode 205: Cosmic Horror

We’re back and we’re and we’re contemplating the secrets of the universe. People have warned us that it isn’t good for the human psyche to truly understand its insignificance in the wider cosmos. Luckily, as podcasters, our egos are robust enough to withstand such a spiritual winnowing. Cosmic horror is only genuinely horrific if your place in the universe isn’t secured by the occasional appearance towards the bottom of a niche podcast chart!

Main Topic: Cosmic Horror

This episode is our long-overdue look at cosmic horror. The term “cosmic horror” is often used as a synonym for Lovecraftian horror. Is there more to this relationship, however? For all his passion for the genre, how effective was Lovecraft at writing cosmic horror? How can we bring cosmic dread into our games of Call of Cthulhu? And what the hell is cosmic horror anyway?

Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. Although, on a cosmic scale, we’re practically in the same room.

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Patreon Changes

We’ve recently made some changes to our Patreon tiers. These centre on how we deliver The Blasphemous Tome. As of the next Tome, we will send a PDF to $1 backers, a code for a print-on-demand copy to $3 backers, and hand-printed and signed copies to those at $5 and above. Check our Patreon page for more details.

The Blasphemous Tome Issue 7

The reason for these Patreon changes is that we will now be putting out two full Blasphemous Tomes per year. While the .5 summer releases started life as an overflow for material we couldn’t fit in the standard Tome, they’ve proved very popular. As a result, we’re promoting them to full Tomes, which means they will be available in print as well as PDF. Issue 7 is due out in June and will include a brand new Call of Cthulhu scenario, licensed by Chaosium, written by our very own Matt Sanderson. We’ll have more details for you soon!

Episode 203: Ubbo-Sathla and Mordiggian

We’re back and we’re contemplating the mysteries of life and death. Sure, we could read a lot of dusty old religious texts but we’d rather seek the wisdom of the prophet Klarkash-Ton. His visions of the origins of life and the final mysteries of death are enlightening, uplifting and thoroughly entertaining. Sure, most religions don’t describe our creator as “yeasty” or suggest that our passage to the next world will involve priests gnawing on our bones, but some truths are uncomfortable. While we’re not certain we’d worship either Ubbo-Sathla or Mordiggian, we’ll happily learn all their juicy secrets. There’s something comforting in the thought that the brackets of our lives are as absurd as everything that happens between them.

Main Topic: Mythos Deities: Ubbo-Sathla and Mordiggian

This episode is the latest in our series on the deities of the Cthulhu Mythos. It is also a return to talking about Clark Ashton Smith, one of the key members of the original Lovecraft Circle. Smith was always the most imaginative and weirdest writer amongst Lovecraft’s correspondents, and the gods we discuss in this episode are no exception. Ubbo-Sathla, the unbegotten source, is at least as blasphemous a parody of creator deities as Lovecraft’s own Azathoth. And Mordiggian, the invisible eater of the dead, is a surprisingly sympathetic psychopomp, even if you have to watch out for his priests.

Previous discussions about Mythos deities have covered Dagon, Shub-Niggurath, Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, Hastur, Azathoth and Nodens. We have also had a general discussion of the gods of the Cthulhu Mythos and a look at the role of religion in all this yog-sothothry.

Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. Google Meet is the blasphemous fain in which we gather to bring you these offerings.

Ubbo-Sathla
Ubbo-Sathla

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Mordiggian
Mordiggian, as portrayed in the Malleus Monstrorum

Our special Christmas treat concludes!

Good friend of the Good Friends, Mike Perceval-Maxwell, has organised a week of readings of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on our Discord server. He is joined by guest readers Dom Allen and Rina Haenze, along with Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward. Together, we have voiced Dickens’ classic festive tale, presented here in a form abridged by Dickens himself.

You can find part 1, part 2 and part 3 of the reading on this very site.

So shake off the winter gloom, toss a half-crown down to that street urchin, and fill your heart with Christmas cheer as we reach the end of Ebeneezer Scrooge’s strange journey to redemption…

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” performed by A-M Classical is used here under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

Our special Christmas treat continues!

Good friend of the Good Friends, Mike Perceval-Maxwell, has organised a week of readings of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on our Discord server. He is joined by guest readers Dom Allen and Rina Haenze, along with Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward. Together, we have voiced Dickens’ classic festive tale, presented here in a form abridged by Dickens himself.

The readings will conclude tonight (Thursday the 17th of December) at 10 PM GMT on our Discord server. Please come and join us is you can!

You can find part 1 and part 2 of the reading on this very site.

So pull up a seat, carve yourself some goose, and join Tiny Tim’s heartfelt blessing as we enter the next stage of Ebeneezer Scrooge’s strange journey to redemption…

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” performed by A-M Classical is used here under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

Our special Christmas treat continues!

Good friend of the Good Friends, Mike Perceval-Maxwell, has organised a week of readings of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on our Discord server. He is joined by guest readers Dom Allen and Rina Haenze, along with Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward. Together, we have voiced Dickens’ classic festive tale, presented here in a form abridged by Dickens himself.

The readings will continue every night at 10 PM GMT on our Discord server until Thursday the 17th of December. Please come and join us is you can! Don’t worry if you can’t, however — we shall release recordings of the subsequent episodes as they continue.

You can find part 1 of the reading on this very site.

So help yourself to some cold roast, cold boiled and a slice of cake, and prepare for some dancing and forfeits as we enter the next stage of Ebeneezer Scrooge’s strange journey to redemption…

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” performed by A-M Classical is used here under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.