As February winds down, it is time to post a few news updates here on ye old Tomes in Progress…
What I’ve been up to:
First off I am working on the latest update to our Kickstarter campaign as well a items associated with that – updating previous issues, writing the remaining stretch-goal rewards, keeping tabs on related work. Things are not progressing as rapidly as I wished, but I hope I’m more disappointed than our backers about the pace of things and that folks have been generally kept up to date.
I’ve nearly finished up with the second episode of the Sentinel Hill Press-cast (and now you can see why I waited to add it to various podcast aggregation sites!). I shall definitely keep the next episode’s historical piece more concise!
I’ve posted an audio report about two interesting book for our Patreon backers – The Horror Guide to Massachusetts and Rev. Moody: The Man and His Diary. If you’re interested in joining in, there is still time to help me select what book I will be picking up next through the generosity of our backers.
Over on the Sentinel Hill Press blog I’ve posted two tales of odd New England – the strange case of J. Bruce (in which a young man vanished in 1824 Boston only to have his remains located, allegedly, by a “mesmerist”) and all about that sweet Marblehead treat, the Joe Frogger, a cookie made with both saltwater and rum, guaranteeing it will be loved by sailors. Speaking of Marblehead, I am currently working on a renewed call for submissions for issue #4… look for that soon.
Meanwhile, I’ve posting some shorter items of interest (assuming you care a whit about New England history and folklore) to our G+ group- An overview of the Dogtown “witches”, Tituba and the Salem Witch Trials, a folktale of how New England became so rocky, a Vermont Public Radio interview with author Joseph Citro, Mary Dyer and her “monster” child, I ask for reader feedback to answer the question “What does ‘He was a witch-cat‘” mean?, solicit member feedback on the new film The Witch, an example heart-burning to fight tuberculous from Harvard, MA (the town, not the college), a history of the Massachusetts State Police, and two methods to find your future husband (from Marblehead, MA).
- Protodimension magazine has released a new issue, now following their “shorter but more often” release plan.
- Chaosium have announced A Time to Harvest, a 6-part campaign for members of their promotional Keeper group “The Cult of Chaos”. Perhaps most exciting to me is the fact that it is set in Lovecraft Country.
- the Cthulhu Breakfast club narrowly dodged some technical glitches to provide us Episode 12 – Failsafe. No, it is not about Mutually Assured Destruction, but instead the new Conan RPG, an MR James card game, and reading games for pleasure (among other things).
- the Good Friends of Jackson Elias: Episode 71 (Gaming in the Modern World) & Episode 72 (Props!). If you’re interested in seeing their Patreon only book “The Blasphemous Tome”, there is still time to become a backer if you are interested.
- Ken and Robin Talk(ed) About Stuff, such as a hypothetical Martian nuclear war, MI5 jerk Maxwell Knight, Ted Cruz’s inexplicable draw on Ken, & the supposed Neanderthal conspiracy. As an added bonus, they released a mini-episode about their new Patreon campaign, which as I post this is already at $760 a month, about 3/4 of the way to their third milestone (aka “let’s pay the audio editor”).
- The Miskatonic University podcast had a jumbo “campus crier” episode.
- The Role-playing Public Radio gang did a campaign wrap-up for their epic run of The Masks of Nyarlathotep, including some very kind words for The Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion. There was also a new episode of the MR James “Podcast to the Curious” which covered “A Night in King’s College Chapel” a bit of Jamesian ephemera.