Episode 211: Mythos Deities - Ithaqua

We’re back and we’re flying the friendly skies. Well, maybe not that friendly. OK, they’re downright malevolent. Ithaqua may be one of the fastest ways to travel but the in-flight entertainment is chilling. And the less said about the landings, the better. At least we have these nifty little tokens to remember our trip by. If only we had the time to enjoy them before freezing to death…

Main Topic: Mythos Deities – Ithaqua

This episode is the latest in our series on the deities of the Cthulhu Mythos, looking at Ithaqua — the wind-walker. Previous entries include Dagon, Shub-Niggurath, Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, Hastur, Azathoth, Nodens, Mordiggian and Ubbo-Sathla.

In our discussion, we look at Ithaqua’s origins, how he has been developed over the years, and how we might use him ourselves. Additionally, we delve into the conflation of Ithaqua with wendigo legends and how we might untangle them. Thank you very much to everyone who suggested resources to help us understand the actual wendigo legends and how they have often been misused in horror fiction. Especially, we would like to thank Shane Hawk and cornysams on Twitter and Stephen Wall, Al Smith and Giles on our Discord server. Any misinterpretations of the materials they suggested reflect solely on us, not on these fine people or the resources they suggested.

If you’d like to learn more about the background and misrepresentation of wendigo legends, the resources in question are:

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Scott on Elder Sign and Grizzly Peaks Radio

Scott has made a couple of guest appearances on other podcasts recently. Glenn McDorman of the Elder Sign podcast talked to him about one of the horror stories that influenced him in his youth — “The Werewolf and the Vampire” by R Chetwynd-Hayes.

Scott also spoke to Andy Goodman of Grizzly Peaks Radio about creating atmosphere in horror games and whether actual play podcasts could be as frightening as audio dramas. This might lead to spooky things!

Recent Special Episodes

We have released some more special episodes. Scott recently interviewed award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Adrian Tchaikovsky. They spoke about cosmic horror as science fiction, creating compelling non-human characters, and how gaming helps teach robust world building.

We have also released the first of a two-part discussion with fan-favourite YouTuber and author Seth Skorkowsky. In this instalment, he and Scott talk about GMing tips, the constraints of genre, and UFO cults. The second part, in which Jon Hook joins us, goes into the Modern Mythos podcast Jon and Seth recently launched. Check your podcast feed for all these episodes.

Special Episode: Seth Skorkowsky on Modern Mythos (part 1)

The Blasphemous Tome Issue 7

Issue 7 of The Blasphemous Tome will be creeping your way before the end of June. It features a brand new Call of Cthulhu scenario, licensed by Chaosium, written by our very own Matt Sanderson. This episode, we discuss the wonderful cover art created by our good friend John Sumrow. Everyone backing us on Patreon by the end of this month will receive a Tome. Please see our Patreon page for more details.

We’re back and we’re back again. It feels like going around in circles. Or maybe the circles are going around us. It’ll all become clear in time. But few of us have experienced time in quite the same way since March 2020, however many years ago that was. Regardless, it seemed like the time had come round to watch a film that understood this. Not that time matters in The Endless. Except that it does. Don’t worry if this sounds confusing — you can spend a million hours working it all out.

Main Topic: The Endless

This episode is our look at the 2017 horror film, The Endless. A number of you recommended it to us when we released our series on cults, given some of the subject matter. As you can hear in this episode, however, we weren’t all convinced that the community at the film’s heart qualifies as a cult. And one of us just plain wasn’t convinced.

So put this episode on repeat and prepare to enter the word of The Endless. Just don’t expect to be leaving any time soon.

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Paul’s Polish Panel

Paul and Mike Mason made a recent virtual trip to Poland for a convention run by the Krakowska Sieć Fantastyki. There, they were interviewed by Anna Mazur, author of the recent Call of Cthulhu scenario collection, Does Love Forgive?

As Paul mentions in the segment, searching for this video led him to discover the Fricker’s Mason restaurant in Cincinnati. We hope they serve calamari.

Full Fathom Five in French

Paul’s Call of Cthulhu scenario “Full Fathom Five” is now available en français. Sous Cinq Brassées, translated by Secrets of the Masquerade is now available for purchase on DriveThruRPG. Bon voyage!

The Blasphemous Tome Issue 7

Issue 7 of The Blasphemous Tome will be creeping your way before the end of June. It features a brand new Call of Cthulhu scenario, licensed by Chaosium, written by our very own Matt Sanderson. Matt spends a little time this episode telling us what to expect from it. Everyone backing us on Patreon will receive a Tome. Please see our Patreon page for more details.

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We’re back and we’re putting on our reading glasses. At least two of us are now old enough that we need them to make out anything smaller than a billboard. Even then, we’re still not old enough to have been around when one of the books we’re discussing was written. Really. Stop looking at us like that. Well, we assume you’re looking at us like that. Give us a moment to find our glasses.

Main Topic: Media Catch-Up – Books

Once again, we’re presenting one of our regular discussions about the media we’ve been consuming recently. This time, we’re talking about some of the books that have been planting ideas in our heads. Nasty ideas, mostly. They’re the best kind.

We are joined by a special guest — Emily Fricker, Paul’s daughter, who has recently completed a degree in English. In particular, she has been studying Old English, focusing on Beowulf, which turns out to be very handy given one of the books we’re discussing!

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Full Fathom Five in Print

Paul’s scenario “Full Fathom Five” has gone electrum on DriveThruRPG! This means that he is now able to offer print-on-demand copies for those who want something more tangible than a PDF. In case you haven’t heard us mention the scenario before, this is a weird Call of Cthulhu scenario, set on board a whaling ship in the nineteenth century. There is plenty of bloodshed, and not just of the cetacean variety.

The Blasphemous Tome Issue 7

Issue 7 of The Blasphemous Tome will be creeping your way before the end of June. It features a brand new Call of Cthulhu scenario, licensed by Chaosium, written by our very own Matt Sanderson. This time, we talk about some of the wonderful submissions from our equally wonderful listeners. Everyone backing us on Patreon will receive a Tome. Please see our Patreon page for more details.

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Episode 208: Investigator Organisations in Call of Cthulhu

We’re back and we’re looking for like-minded individuals to join our investigator organisation. Sure, the pay is awful but the work is disgusting, deadly, and likely to drive you insane. It’s a bit like working in IT, only moister. Give us a moment and we’ll dig out the forms you need to expense shotgun shells and dynamite. The medical benefits are good but do remember to bring any severed limbs back from missions if you expect us to reattach them. Welcome aboard, and thank you for not asking too many questions about how this vacancy arose!

Main Topic: Investigator Organisations

Once again, we’re delving into some of the underpinnings of Call of Cthulhu. In the more innocent days of the ’80s, we generally handwaved the reasons why a new investigator might step into the smoking shoes of their fallen predecessor. While this was convenient, it usually required active suspension of disbelief. Having some sort of organisation that might recruit investigators or provide them with a rationale for banding together makes a lot more sense than flagging down a random taxi driver and telling them that they are now part of the fight against alien gods that would consume humanity. It also saves a fair bit on tips.

Of course, investigator organisations have been around for most of Call of Cthulhu‘s life. It wasn’t until 7th edition that they were formalised, however. Now, the Investigator Handbook devotes an entire chapter to investigator organisations, offering a wealth of examples. Building on this, many subsequent Call of Cthulhu publications have also incorporated them. For instance, you’ll find entire sections on investigator organisations in Pulp Cthulhu and World War Cthulhu: London.

So, what makes an interesting investigator organisation? What kinds of groups might form and for what purposes? And how might we use investigator organisations in unusual ways?

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The Blasphemous Tome Issue 7

Issue 7 of The Blasphemous Tome will be creeping your way before the end of June. It features a brand new Call of Cthulhu scenario, licensed by Chaosium, written by our very own Matt Sanderson. Matt offers us a few tantalising details in this episode. Everyone backing us on Patreon will receive a Tome. Please see our Patreon page for more details.

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Transgressive Horror

Paul speaks briefly to Christopher McGlothlin about his current Kickstarter campaign. Transgressive Horror is a collection of essays by a variety of writers, looking into horror films that have broken the rules. The campaign ends on the 27th of May.