Metal Kings, New Orleans’ Beasts, and a 124 year old man

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:

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!

A poster by Daniel Spitzer

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:

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.

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Adventures in link mongering

There have been a few worthy bits of news since our last update here. I’m still recuperating from wrapping up the last issue of the Gazette. There also has not been all that much going on the world of Call of Cthulhu and Lovecraftian roleplaying…

The latest fiction collection from Dennis Detwiller – Delta Green: Tales from Failed Anatomies is now available for sale as a PDF.

The gang at the Miskatonic University Podcast have released a new episode: #56, in which they talk about GenCon plans, personal topical limits in gaming, and Yig. Did I mention there fundraising so they can all meet for the first time at GenCon? No? Damn.

Ken and Robin talked about stuff including using ghosts in horror roleplaying and the Comte Saint Germain.

Tentaclii, a blog for all things H.P. Lovecraft, has resumed updating again after a two month break. Too many interesting links to pick just a few – check it out.

The latest issue of the Arkham Gazette was very favorably reviewed on DiehardGamefan. We are looking for submissions for the next issue as well.

Finally, I spotted this on Yog-Sothoth.com… ever wanted to hear authentic Babylonian chants? Of course you do.