Episode 198: The Whisperer in Darkness part 5

We’re back and we’re saving face. OK, it’s not one of our own faces, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep it safe. You never know when Mr Akeley may need it again. Thinking about it, we should probably do something with these hands too. That old Akeley is a careless sort. We’re sure he’d forget his own head if it weren’t attached…

Main Topic: The Whisperer in Darkness part 5

This is the final instalment of our multi-episode investigation of Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Whisperer in Darkness”. Last episode, Albert Wilmarth travelled to Vermont to visit his eccentric penpal, Henry Akeley. The two shared some mind-expanding conversation that quite unnerved Wilmarth. Now, we cut forward to that night as Wilmarth searches for answers and then wishes he had never found them.

Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. None of us has had to call in from Yuggoth, mercifully. The internet connectivity there is shocking.

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Last Chance for The Blasphemous Tome 6!

You can still secure your issue 6 of The Blasphemous Tome if you act quickly! We shall send you a copy or two of this exclusive fanzine if you back us by the end of December 2020.

This is the print-only ‘zine 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.

The Blasphemous Tome issue 6 cover

Scott on Pretending to Be People

Scott has been running his scenario “Bleak Prospect” from Nameless Horrors for the Pretending to be People podcast. This has been glorious, bloody chaos so far, in all the right ways. Episode 1 is now available for download.

Pretending to be People

Matt on Roll to Save

Matt recently appeared on the Roll to Save podcast, discussing the new RPG releases of 2020. Iain Wilson and Matt also talked about some games they played for the first time this year.

Paul on panels at Grogmeetish and Dragonmeet

And as if that weren’t enough guest appearances, Paul joined our good friends from What Would the Smart Party Do and The Grognard Files for two panels recently. The first was a Q&A session at Grogmeetish and the second a panel at Dragonmeet, both of which took place online this year for obvious reasons.

A Weekend With Good Friends

Following the success of Jacks-Con in July of 2020, our lovely listeners have organised another virtual convention. A Weekend With Good Friends will take place on our Discord server between the 14th and 17th of January 2021. Full details can be found here.

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.

We have a special Christmas treat for all our listeners!

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.

So take a seat by the fire, pour yourself a glass of Smoking Bishop and try not to pay attention to those clanking chains in the cellar as our story begins…

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