Golden Goblins and Lost Lights

In case you missed it, there has been some CoC news recently.

First off, Oscar Rios (that’s a link to his blog there on the right) has announced a new Chaosium licensee – Golden Goblin Press – as well as their first project, “Island of Ignorance“, which is a part of a Lovecraft quote and not a popular Spring Break destination.  Contents include work by Dan Harms and two Lovecraft Country scenarios, so definitely worth watching.  Look for it this year, hopefully?

Next up, Sixtystone Press unleashes “Lost in the Lights” a cult sourcebook and modern-day scenario by Jeff Moeller set in Las Vegas.  Not even an apartment fire (Good Luck, Chris!) can stop this one, albeit in PDF form so far.  Let’s hope Sixtystone’s giant backlog of great books will follow on soon… Investigator Weapons vol. 2 is up next I believe.  Go and get yourself a copy now (and the nifty editable handouts PDF) and give them the funds to get their next book going ASAP.  I’ve already got my copy and will report if the book provides details of the dangers of Bat Country.

Arkham Gazette update

I’ve said this in a comment reply, but to make it official, there has been enough interest (including someone who linked to my post in Poland?) that I’m going to go ahead and finish up Issue 0 of the “Arkham Gazette” and release it onto the world.

A couple of questions for my audience of dozens:

  • I am not sold on the title; does it convey the intent of the periodical? Anyone have suggestions for alternate titles?
  • Formatting: I assume full page 8.5×11 is acceptable?
  • I know the formatting is basic, but is it readable?
  • I’m sure I will have other questions but those will do for now. Thanks for the feedback.

I can’t say it better than Dan Harms; Chris is a good guy and can definitely use a little help.

Papers Falling from an Attic Window

Chris Huth, an artist and layout person for Pelgrane Press, recently lost a great deal of his possessions in an apartment fire.  Simon Rogers at Pelgrane is now diverting 100% of PDF revenue and 50% of print revenue until Friday to help him out.   If you’ve been putting off any Trail of Cthulhu products, whether that’s the Occult Guide to London, or Bookhounds of London, or The Armitage Files, this would be an excellent time to pick them up. You can find out more information here.

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Keith Herber, 4 years on: The Arkham Gazette (Demo)

Today marks the 4th anniversary of the death of Keith Herber and I was hoping to mark it with the release of some new bit of writing (as I did two years back with Notes on the Turner Codex).  Unfortunately I hit a time crunch (why, oh why did so many CoC books come out in February?!) and have not had a chance to finish the project I was working on.  Nevertheless I wanted to take a moment to think about Keith.

What I have been, in fits and starts, working on is a project that Keith and I discussed as he was forming Miskatonic River Press; one of the things he wanted to have was an in-house magazine focusing on Lovecraft Country material.  He thought it would fill a niche that fine publications like the Unspeakable Oath did not cover, be a way to find new writers, and keep up interest in the company between books.  Obviously this did not come to pass; I approached Tom Lynch about this periodical (they dubbed it “the Arkham Gazette” on the MRP page of future products) but he lacked the time and did not want to spread their resources any thinner than they were.

I think the Arkham Gazette (or something similar) remains a good idea.  Using the very rough template I made up for Tom, I decided to finish up a trial issue and see if there was wider interest.  Since it is not quite ready, I thought I might post a short sample just to Tomes in Progress and see if my readers (all dozen of you) had any opinion on the matter.  Consider it a special treat to the people (now from New Caledonia and Mongolia!) who read my blog.

DOWNLOAD THE ARKHAM GAZETTE DEMO

I will make a bigger posting announcement when I finish the issue (which is about 80% complete) but in the mean time, feedback is very welcome.

News roundup

I’ve been lax in updating, my apologies for the delay.

Let’s hit the highlights, shall we?

  • The busy podcasting posse at the Miskatonic University Podcast have had at least one new episode since I’ve mentioned them last- this time featuring a lengthy interview with very Britishly named Graham Walmsley.  Definitely worth a listen.
  • More interviews have been added to the Cthulhu Reborn collection- Cynthia Celeste Miller and Kenneth Hite.
  • Oscar Rios (Legacy of Arrius Lurco) has joined the world of bloggers; he’s been added to the roster on the right side of the page.  Welcome!
  • Innsmouth House is clearing out all the physical merchandise (thanks postal rate increases!) by having a 50% off sale.  Even with shipping to the US, that’s some cheap fun, thought it has been picked over already, especially if you don’t have a copy of The Express Diaries… I snagged a couple issues of Dagon.
  • I’m sure I’ve forgotten something; if so, I’ll add it here.

I’ve been reading through Tales of the Sleepless City (excellent!) and Atomic Age Cthulhu (pretty good) and will post comments when I wrap them up.