We’re back and we’re taking part in some self-reflection. It would just be a bit easier if our reflections didn’t keep changing. Maybe it’s inevitable once you get to a certain age. Your hairline starts receding, your face gets jowly, you develop gill slits on your neck… It’s enough to make you want to throw yourself in the ocean.
Main Topic: The Shadow Over Innsmouth part 5
This is the fifth part of our multi-episode exploration of HP Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”. Last time, we followed Robert Olmstead’s increasingly frantic departure from the town of Innsmouth.
This episode, we reach the end of the story. Olmstead now has time to process what he has seen and learnt. Of course, in true Lovecraftian fashion, that just makes things worse. Or does it? Strap yourself in for an extended debate about just what that ending means.
We’ll be back next time to wrap up our analysis of the story and to pick the bones for some gaming meat.
Things we mention in this episode include:
- HP Lovecraft’s family
- Pectoral jewellery
- Nameless Horrors
- “The Outsider” by HP Lovecraft
- Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys
- Tales Out of Innsmouth edited by Robert M Price
- Cthulhu (2007)
- “Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family” by HP Lovecraft
- “The Call of Cthulhu” by HP Lovecraft
- At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft
- “The Shadow Out of Time” by HP Lovecraft
- The Silver Shirts
- Ku Klux Klan
- CL Moore
- Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
Thank you to our good friends at the HP Lovecraft Historical Society for their kindly allowing us to play out with “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fishmen”. You can find the song and many other upliftingly blasphemous wonders on their festive album, A Very Scary Solstice.
Christmas Story Reading on the Good Friends Discord
Once again, Mike Perceval-Maxwell of Mr Spike’s Bedtime Stories is organising a Christmas ghost story reading on the Good Friends Discord server. You may have heard our earlier performances of “A Christmas Carol”, “The Canterville Ghost” and “The Viy”. This year, we are reading “Told After Supper” by Jerome K Jerome.
Please join us if you can for the live readings at 22:30 GMT on the 18th, 19th and 20th of December. If you can’t make those, however, don’t worry! We also plan to record each reading and release them as special episodes on the Good Friends podcast feed.
Paul at Grogmeet
Paul attended Grogmeet 2023, where he played Paranoia, Vaesen and Dragonbane, and ran a new Call of Cthulhu scenario called “A Dark Age”. Thanks to Dirk and Blythy of The Grognard Files for organising the convention.
Panels From the Illusion Horror Con 2023
Matt and Scott appeared on a number of panels at the latest Illusion Horror Con. These were all recorded and are now available on YouTube. Check out the links below.
The Blasphemous Tome Issue 11
You have until the end of December 2023 to secure your copy of the latest issue of The Blasphemous Tome. Patreon backers at the $5 level or higher will receive a print copy, signed by our own gnarled hands. This issue features “Blackshade”, a brand new Call of Cthulhu scenario written by Scott Dorward.