Episode 273: The Shadow Over Innsmouth part 3

We’re back and we’re enjoying a nice whiskey. OK, maybe we shouldn’t drink a whole quart of the stuff, but you’d do the same if you lived in Innsmouth. The alcohol fumes go some way towards masking the stench of rotting fish, especially if you’re drinking down by the dock. It can be quite relaxing as long as you learn to ignore the dirty looks coming from the surf. Apologies if all this booze ends up giving us a West Country accent. We’ll try not to go full Wurzels this time.

Main Topic: The Shadow Over Innsmouth part 3

This is the third part of our multi-episode exploration of HP Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”. Last time, we jumped on Joe Sargent’s bus, made the journey to Innsmouth, and bought some cheese crackers.

Now, in chapter 3 of the story, we finally meet Zadok Allen for one hell of an episode of Drunk History. Sure, this chapter is mostly exposition, but it’s written in such strong dialect that you’ll hardly notice.

Things we mention in this episode include:


Matt and Paul at The Innsmouth Literary Festival

Paul and Matt attended the Innsmouth Literary Festival back at the end of September, and they share some of the highlights in this episode. These included film screenings from Chris Lackey and Greig Johnson, and a live performance by Lovecraftian metal band Arkham Witch.

Paul Joins Chaosium

Paul has moved from being a freelancer to taking up a staff position at Chaosium, where he is now an Associate editor, mostly working on Call of Cthulhu.

Episode 272: The Shadow Over Innsmouth part 2

We’re back and we’re on a bus journey. Sure, this is a bone-rattler, but that’s like combining a gym visit and a massage, right? It certainly seems to have done the other passengers good. Have you seen how long their arms are? And it must do wonders for the feet as well. We can’t even imagine where they buy their shoes. The only question is whether the jolting is also responsible for those odd creases in their necks. It must be. There can’t be any other reasonable explanation.

Main Topic: The Shadow Over Innsmouth part 2

This is the second part of our multi-episode exploration of HP Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”. Last time, we explored the origins of the story and then joined Robert Olmstead for a quick tour of Newburyport.

Now, moving into chapter 2 of the story, we catch Joe Sargent’s bus from Newburyport, travel across the bleak seaside landscape, and then enjoy the faded grandeur of Innsmouth’s buildings. Come for the salt marshes, stay for the extended discussion of roof architecture!

Things we mention in this episode include:

One of Paul’s holiday snaps from his recent visit to Innsmouth Scarborough
the new annotated hp lovecraft cover


Paul at Grogmeet

Paul will be attending Grogmeet 2023 at Fanboy 3 in Manchester, between the 10th and 12th of November.

Scott Livestreaming at Symphony Entertainment

Scott will be joining our good friends Bridgett Jeffries and Graham Walmsley over at Symphony Entertainment for a short livestream on the 1st of November. The stream will begin at 3 PM EDT/7PM GMT and run for around one hour.

Two New Arcs on Ain’t Slayed Nobody

Scott has also appeared in two new arcs over at Ain’t Slayed Nobody. “Eclipse of the Heart”, written and run by Rina Haenze, is now out in its entirety. This bloody romp through an ’80s high school prom features Camille Brouard, Kathryn Edmonds, cuppycup, and Scott.

Cuppycup and Scott also appear in “The Waking Children”, alongside Bridgett Jeffries and Nic Rosenberg. This is a mini-arc written and run by Malevolent creator Harlan Guthrie, which will be released weekly on the ASN feed, starting from the 24th of October.

Eldritch Stories

Paul reads Porch Pirate, a story by Mike Mason on Mason and Fricker’s Eldritch Stories. Also, Mike and Paul chat about various topics in Eldritch Extras – wherein Paul reads aloud from a blasphemous tome! Look out for a new story from Paul on Thursday.

Episode 271: The Shadow Over Innsmouth part 1

We’re back and we’re sightseeing. Like most penurious writers, we’re doing so on a tight budget. Wasting money on expensive train tickets means that we won’t be able to afford the good cheese crackers for lunch. Happily, the ticket clerk is happy to offer cheaper alternatives. Sure, he’s also offering dire warnings about travelling via Innsmouth, but that just makes it sound all the more exciting. Anyway, this can’t be the worst replacement bus service we’ve ever taken.

Main Topic: The Shadow Over Innsmouth part 1

This is the first instalment of a multi-episode exploration of HP Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”. It is a dive so deep it goes all the way down to Y’ha-nthlei.

While “The Call of Cthulhu” gets all the name recognition, it’s fair to say that “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” is Lovecraft’s most influential story. It has spawned countless sequels, adaptations and imitations over the 90+ years since its first publication, and these show no sign of slowing down. More importantly for our purposes, Innsmouth and its ichthyic, batrachian residents are at the centre of a staggering number of Call of Cthulhu scenarios.

This time, however, we start off by looking into the origins and influences behind this tale, then pick through the first chapter of the story, looking for gaming inspiration.

Things we mention in this episode include:


Apocalypse Grizzlies

Scott recently joined the Apocalypse Players over at Grizzly Peaks Radio for a special series of crossover episodes, playing “Secret of Castronegro” from The Cthulhu Companion. Expect shenanigans!

More Eldritch Stories

Paul and Mike Mason have put out another batch of Eldritch Stories. You can find them anywhere you might find podcasts, or over at eldritchstories.com.

Scott on Tear Them Apart

Scott recently joined Paul Yellovich and Evan Dorkin for a livestream of the Tear Them Apart podcast, discussing all manner of horror films and how they relate to RPGs. You can watch the video below.

Paul on Innsmouth Book Club

Paul recently appeared on Episode 72 of the Innsmouth Book Club podcast, where he was joined by Mark Griffin from 30 Minutes+ With HPL.

We’re back and we’re poking around in holes. Sometimes it’s hard not to let curiosity get the better of you. There could be anyone on the other side of that barrier, even a god. You might be tempted to take a peek and check. At worst, what you see on the other side could leave you feeling uncomfortably stiff, yet empty inside. Or, maybe, it could be glorious.

Main Topic: Glorious

Following last episode’s discussion of Ghatanothoa (and Yig, but let’s not worry about him for now), we’re talking about one of his rare appearances in media. Glorious presents an unusual and creative take on the Cthulhu Mythos. So unusual, in fact, that Matt spends much of this episode protesting its crimes against canon. It also takes place almost entirely in a rest stop bathroom, unlike most horror films.

Glorious is a 2022 American horror film from director Rebekah McKendry, starring Ryan Kwanten and JK Simmons. While it’s a low-budget affair, it rarely looks cheap, mainly thanks to its small cast and limited use of locations.

As ever with these media discussions, we pick apart every aspect of the story in our quest for gaming inspiration. Do watch Glorious before listening to avoid being spoiled. If you want to get some idea of what you’re getting yourself into first, you could always read Scott’s review from last year’s October Horror Movie Challenge.

glorious poster

Things we mention in this episode include:

Glorious 1

We’re back and and we’re geeking out.

Main Topic: Nightmare Alley

With all the talk about mediums in recent episodes, we thought it might be helpful to examine one from media. Guillermo del Toro’s 2021 adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel Nightmare Alley may not lean into the Spiritualist elements of the source, but it still presents a gripping story of a predator who uses the techniques of stage mediumship. Moreover, the film’s setting in the worlds of carnival sideshows and mentalist acts are rich inspiration for games of Call of Cthulhu.

As well as discussing the film itself, we talk a little about del Toro’s career, focusing on some highlights.

Things we mention in this episode include:


Paul at Gen Con 2023

Paul will be at Gen Con in August. He’ll be signing at the Chaosium stand on Thursday at 1:30 PM. On Thursday evening, he will be running what he has dubbed “Full Fathom Five-Point-Five” with You Too Can Cthulhu, riffing on his Miskatonic Repository scenario “Full Fathom Five”. And if you’re not sick of him by then, you can see him on the panel about Horror on the Tabletop on 12 PM on Friday.