We’ve got a lot to cover today… First two new releases-
Cthulhu Reborn has unleashed The Machine King, a free Gaslight and Dreamlands scenario by Geoff Gillan.
Meanwhile Golden Goblin Press have released (to Kickstarter backers of Tales of the Crescent City only) The Black Goat of New Orleans, developed by New Orleans Mythos.
Gen Con is over and there are various after-action reports:
- ENnies winners – Congratulations to Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff, Eternal Lies, Achtung! Cthulhu, and the 7th Ed CoC quickstart rules.
- A thread on the topic on Yog-Sothoth.com
- Chaosium – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4 (Kudos for having your ‘booth babe’ be the King in Yellow by the way)
- Dennis Detwiller; related question – Is Dennis Detwiller Jon Snow?
- Shane Ivey endorses a local Indian(a?) restaurant
Speaking of Mr. Ivey, I’d like to note that, as per usual, I’ve been sent my payment for two pieces in the latest issue of the The Unspeakable Oath. Arc Dream continues to be the most prompt-paying company I’ve written for. Thanks!
Finally, today marks (among other things) two different anniversaries. It is the 124th birthday of H.P. Lovecraft, without whom this blog would not exist. Here are few folks doing likewise:
- Tentaclli rounds up a gaggle of free offerings for today
- The Providence Public Library’s HPL readathon (on Saturday)
- At a bar in New York City named for him – amusing since he was a humorless teetotaler…
- and a 25% sale on Lovecraftian stuff at DriveThru
I am of two mind about old Grandpa Howie. On one hand he was a uniquely creative writer, synthesizing earlier horror writing with new fears and terrors of the 20th century, spawning not just the Cthulhu Mythos, but a community to foster his nightmare imaginings even after his death. At the same time he was, even for his era, a racist and bigot, and wrote some pretty terrible things that we cannot wish away no matter to what degree these views may have softened or changed as he aged. I think it is fitting, when we recall his good qualities we must also temper it by acknowledging his worst ones. Today I think it best I have a small dish of ice cream (sorry, no beans and toast, my fandom only goes so far), think of HPL, and make a small donation in his name to a charity he would likely have despised.