Call of Cthulhu is Chaosium’s classic roleplaying game of Lovecraftian horror in which ordinary people are confronted by the terrifying and alien forces of the Cthulhu Mythos. Call of Cthulhu uses Chaosium’s Basic Roleplaying System, easy to learn and quick to play. This bestseller has won dozens of game-industry awards and is a member of the Academy of Adventure Game Design Hall of Fame. In 2001 Call of Cthulhu celebrated its 20th anniversary. In 2003 Call of Cthulhu was voted the #1 Gothic/Horror RPG of all time by the Gaming community. Call of Cthulhu is well-supported by an ever-growing line of high quality game supplements. This is the softcover 6th edition of this classic horror game, completely compatible with all of previous editions and supplements for Call of Cthulhu. This is a complete roleplaying game in one volume. All you need to play is this book, some dice, imagination, and your friends.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cthulhu Invictus

1   The pc’s patron Titus Pullo wants them to accompany a shipment of grain from the port city of Caesarea in Palestine to Rome. He explains that his grain shipment has been stolen the last three times and it’s ruining his business and prestige. How would it look to the governor if he cannot provide the much needed grain that the honest roman citizens require? He will offer to pay each pc handsomely for this favor and when they return he promises to send more “work” their way.
Possible outcomes:
  • Crooked business partners, there was no grain – Titus’s partner is running a scam he sends a bag or two of the best Egyptian grain to him in Rome and tells him for a price, he can have a galley filled with the grain headed towards Rome. This is a lie of course, since he pockets the money and hires a crew to ransack one of the ships making sure that there is at least one witness who reports back to Titus.
  • The ships are being attacked by Deep ones off the coast of Caesarea – they sink the ships with the grain and other loot still on board killing the sailors that are on the ship before they leave. The reason for the attack on Titus pullo’s ships is simple, years ago Titus pullo made a deal with a hybrid for safe passage for his ship if he would sacrifice his first born daughter to Dagon. Titus enjoyed several years of prosperity under the new deal until recently, when the hybrid showed up at his villa demanding his daughter to honor his deal he refused and for his refusal his ships are doomed.

Vera Gemini

Dancer, street walker, seer and sage they all describe Vera Gemini. People on the street know that if you want to know things or need something special you find Vera Gemini. She is at home in the posh spotlight of the LUX dinner club and just as comfortable in a dark alley entertaining a paying customer. She was born to a working class family in little Italy of Arkham. Her father, a warehouse worker would come home drunk and take his frustrations out on his wife and kids until he hit his wife once too many times and she struck back, sending him to the hospital and out of their lives. Her mother wasn’t as nice in order to make ends meet once her husband left her and the kids she would host “parties” with paying gentlemen. At the age of 16 when her mother started to include her in the “parties” Vera started to see the other world mixed with the real and that would have drove her insane if it wasn’t for the man in grey who appeared to her and showed her the truth. He called himself Desdinova and he took her under his wing and explained what she is going through is a gift from the invisible ones. He tutored her in the art of divining with tarot cards, how to read the portents and more importantly how to summon the invisible ones for help. Just before her 20th birthday, he showed her a mirror, made of polished obsidian he told her that with this mirror, the future can be told and manipulated and with that he took the mirror and turned his back on her and vanished into the cold damp night. Since that night, Vera Gemini has become a force to be reckon with in Arkham – she runs a brothel near Federal Street and her clients includes the mayor and the new police chief. With them in her pocket she has free reign on how to run her businesses.
Vera Gemini – Seer, sage and madam   
STR   75%                                   SEX: Female                   AGE: 29
CON 55%                                   HP (14)                            Occupation : Occultist / Madam
SIZ    85%                                   Move 7
DEX 60%                                    Damage Bonus +1d4
APP 85%                                    Build 1
INT 60%                                     Sanity (50)
POW 75%                                  Magic Points (15)
EDU 75%
LUCK 90%                                                                    
Name                 Skill      Damage        Base Range     Uses per Round    Bullets in Gun (Mag)
Knife, Large      40%      1D8+DB          Touch                     1
.22 Short Auto   40%      1D6                   10 yards                1                        (3) 6
Skills                                                                                  Spells

Anthropology (20%)                                                      Summon/Bind Invisible ones
History(42%)                                                                  Read the cards
Library Use (57%)                                                         Elder Sign
Charm (52%)
Occult (55%)
Other Language (Latin) (50%)
Science (Astronomy)  (40%)
Lore (Voodoo) (55%)
Handgun (45%)
Fighting Brawl[Knife] (40%)
Dodge (40%)
Drive Auto (40%)
Listen (40%)
Cthulhu Mythos (10%)
Credit Rating (65%)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Character Spotlight : Abraham Setrakian

Abraham Setrakian was born in Armenia but raised in Romania. His bubbeh (grandmother) told him stories of the strigoi, or vampires, specifically Jusef Sardu, a Polish nobleman with gigantism who mysteriously became one of the undead during a hunting trip with family. When Abraham was eighteen (during the second World War), his family was driven from their home by the Germans and sent to their Treblinka extermination camp in Poland. Before being captured, after urging her grandson to run from the Nazis, his beloved grandmother commits suicide after Abraham keeps her from turning herself in.
Incarcerated in the Treblinka camp, Setrakian works as a carpenter (since he was trained as one). While awake late at night, Abraham notices a massive and shadowy figure feeding on the sick and elderly. Because the creature uses a massive cane with a wolf's head like his grandmother told him about Sardu, he quickly deduces that this is the monster his grandmother warned him about. After weeks of planning, the young man makes a silver-bladed knife (as silver is harmful to vampires) and attempts to draw the monster to him by pricking his finger and drawing blood. The powerful strigoi outwits Abraham and after mocking his Jewish religious beliefs, cripples his hands. After the vampire flees from the rising sun to his lair in the woods, Setrakian is found on the floor and taken to be killed. Luckily, the imprisoned people start an uprising and Setrakian manages to escape with the help of his fellow prisoners. The Master's Lair Setrakian suspected that the Master was hiding in ancient Roman ruins outside of the camp's forest, which he had heard about from other prisoners. While attempting to avoid searching German officers, Setrakian locates the lair in which he suspects the Master is hiding. Inside the dark ruins, Setrakian locates the vampire's massive coffin but the monster was not in sight. A now turned German officer named Dieter Zimmer (described as a "true sadist") attacks Setrakian but the young vampire Hunter manages to kill him with a wooden stake
When the now elderly and vengeful vampire hunter hears about the "dead" airplane landing at New York City's (where he runs a pawnshop) JFK airport, Setrakian believes this to be the work of the Master. After looking at the autopsies and confirming this to be a vampire outbreak, Setrakian attempts to get CDC officials Ephraim Goodweather and Nora Martinez to help and tells them to destroy the bodies. Initially, they do not believe him and he is arrested for disturbing the peace. While in jail, Setrakian meets a young Mexican thief named Augustin "Gus" Elizalde and his ill friend Felix. After hearing Gus's story of how Felix got injured and why they are in jail, Abraham tells him that the man they killed was a vampire and that Felix is infected and must be killed. Before they can talk further, Gus and Felix are moved to another facility. Soon Dr. Goodweather and Dr. Martinez come to the jail to speak to Setrakian and free him, since they have now encountered the strigoi for themselves. Since Abraham has disciples and freedom, he takes them to his pawnshop in order to educate them on the strain that they are dealing with. He shows them his vampire-hunting armory within his basement and tells them about the Ancients, the original seven vampires (The Master being one of them).
STR 39%   CON 41%   SIZ 65%    DEX 34%    APP 45%
INT 90%    POW 85%  EDU 99%  LUCK 75%
Hit Points (14)
Move 3                          Damage Bonus 0   Build 0
Sanity (85)                    Magic Pts (17) 

Name                                                            Skill                        Damage                Base Range      USE
Silver Sword cane of Jusef Sardu       Fighting(Sword)              1D6+DB***            Touch               1
*** = Does maximum damage to Strigoi or any creature with a weakness of silver 

Appraise (60%)
Art/Craft (Wood Carving) (50%)
History (50%)
 Library Use (70 % )
Other Language (Romanian) (99%)
Other Language (English) (99%)
Other Language (Latin) (50%)
Intimidate (60%)
Spot Hidden (69%)
Occult (70%)
Lore (Strigoi) (65%)**
Credit Rating (60%)
Sword (65%)
Pistol (65%)
Medicine (68%)
Dodge (40%)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Cthulhoid Locations : Secret Reptile people world under LA!

In 1934 an engineer named G. Warren Shufelt claimed to have knowledge of a series of underground tunnels underneath LA. He stated that there were deposits of gold in these tunnels left behind by the “Lizard People.” The stories were actually carried in the LA Times as an actual possibility.
He claimed to have X-ray pictures of the layout of the tunnels as well as some tablets that recorded the history of the human race. Shufelt first heard of the legend of the tunnels from the Hopi Indians.
Quoted From Weird California:
A Hopi chief named Little Green Leaf told Shufelt that the vanished race’s capital city was located under present-day downtown Los Angeles. In 1933, after surveying the area, Shufelt occupied the Banning property at 518 North Hill Street and sank a 350-shaft straight down, digging for what he said was a “treasure room” directly underneath. Shufelt said that he had located gold in the catacombs below with the aid of his “radio X-ray.”
This peculiar instrument, which was sort of a tricked-up dowsing rod, had also helped Shufelt map the location and extent of the underground tunnels. He said that the subterranean city was shaped like a giant lizard, with the head in the vicinity of Chavez Ravine (the present location of Dodger Stadium), and the tail tapering out beneath the Central Library. The “key room,” the chamber that contained the map of the city and the directory to the gold tablets, lay several hundred feet under the present site of Times-Mirror Square. Shufelt also claimed that he’d traced passages stretching to the area around the Southwest Museum, and said that ventilation tunnels extended westward, opening at the Pacific Ocean.
Shufelt actually dug 350 feet before the excavation was halted. Would this have anything to do with the supposed drilling of oil in Los Angeles that goes on today?

Demon god Cthulhu seen as possible third-party candidate

Demon god Cthulhu seen as possible third-party candidate: The greatest evil imaginable has been running a shadow campaign for the 2016 election.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

H. P. Lovecraft bibliography

TitleDate writtenDate publishedForm
The TombJun 1917Mar 1922Short story
DagonJul 1917Nov 1919Short story
A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel JohnsonSum-early Fall 1917Sep 1917Short story
PolarisSpr-Sum 1918Dec 1920Short story
Beyond the Wall of SleepSpr 1919Oct 1919Short story
MemorySpr 1919May 1923Flash fiction
Old Bugsc.Jul 19191959Short Story
The Transition of Juan Romero16 Sep 19191944Short story
The White Shipc.Oct 1919Nov 1919Short story
The Doom that Came to Sarnath3 Dec 1919Jun 1920Short story
The Statement of Randolph CarterDec 1919May 1920Short story
The Streetlate 1919Dec 1920Short story
The Terrible Old Man28 Jan 1920Jul 1921Short story
The Cats of Ulthar15 Jun 1920Nov 1920Short story
The TreeJan-Jun 1920Oct 1921Short story
Celephaïsearly Nov 1920May 1922Short story
From Beyond16 Nov 1920Jun 1934Short story
The Templec. Jun-Nov 1920Sep 1925Short story
Nyarlathotepc.Nov 1920Nov 1920Short story
The Picture in the House12 Dec 1920Sum 1921Short story
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His FamilyFall 1920Mar & Jun 1921 as "The White Ape"Short story
The Nameless CityJan 1921Nov 1921Short story
The Quest of Iranon28 Feb 1921Jul-Aug 1935Short story
The Moon-Bog10 Mar 1921Jun 1926Short Story
Ex Oblivione1920-Mar 1921 (unclear)Mar 1921Short story
The Other Gods14 Aug 1921Nov 1933Short story
The OutsiderSpr-Sum 1921Apr 1926Short story
The Music of Erich ZannDec 1921Mar 1922Short story
Sweet Ermengardec. 1919–21?1943Short story
HypnosMar 1922May 1923Short story
What the Moon Brings5 Jun 1922May 1923Short story
AzathothFragment Jun 1922Jun 1938Novel fragment
Herbert West–ReanimatorOct 1921-Jun 1922Feb-Jul 1922Novelette
The HoundOct 1922Feb 1924Short story
The Lurking FearNov 1922Jan-Apr 1923Short story
The Rats in the WallsAug-Sep 1923Mar 1924Short story
The UnnamableSep 1923Jul 1925Short story
The FestivalOct 1923Jan 1925Short story
The Shunned HouseOct 19241937Short story
The Horror at Red Hook1-2 Aug 1925Jan 1927Short story
He11 Aug 1925Sep 1926Short story
In the Vault18 Sep 1925Nov 1925Short story
Cool AirFeb 1926Mar 1928Short story
The Call of CthulhuAug-Sep 1926Feb 1928Short story
Pickman's ModelSep 1926Oct 1927Short story
The Strange High House in the Mist9 Nov 1926Oct 1931Short story
The Silver KeyNov 1926Jan 1929Short story
The Dream-Quest of Unknown KadathOct 1926-22 Jan 19271943Novella
The Case of Charles Dexter WardJan-1 Mar 1927May & Jul 1941Novel
The Colour Out of SpaceMar 1927Sep 1927Short story
The DescendantFragment early 19271938Short story fragment
The Very Old Folk3 Nov 1927Sum 1940Letter excerpt
History of the Necronomiconsketch Fall 19271938Brief pseudo-history
The Dunwich HorrorAug 1928Apr 1929Short story
IbidSum 1928Jan 1938Short story
The Whisperer in Darkness24 Feb-26 Sep 1930Aug 1931Novella
At the Mountains of Madness24 Feb-22 Mar 1931Feb-Apr 1936Novella
The Shadow Over InnsmouthNov-Dec 1931Apr 1936Novella
The Dreams in the Witch HouseFeb 1932Jul 1933Short story
The Thing on the Doorstep21-24 Aug 1933Jan 1937Short story
The BookFragment c.Oct 19331938Unfinished short story
The Evil ClergymanLetter extract Fall 1933Apr 1939Letter excerpt
The Shadow Out of Time10 Nov 1934- 22 Feb 1935Jun 1936Novella
The Haunter of the Dark5-9 Nov 1935Dec 1936Short story

Roll20 Call of Cthulhu Game

Late October I will be hosting a Call of Cthulhu game on ROLL20 – player slots are limited so click on the roll20 icon in the right Colum to join. This will be a beginning of an online campaign .

UPDATE : 2 of the 4 slots have been taken - join now or miss out on some call of cthulhu fun.
UPDATE : all Slots have been taken

Poe & Lovecraft by Robert Bloch

Comparisons between Edgar Allan Poe and Howard Phillips Lovecraft are, I suppose, inevitable; seemingly, in recent years [writing in 1973] they are also interminable.
I shall not, therefore, repeat the usual recital of similarities to be found within their work -- there will be no mention of black cats, revenants, or Antarctic settings per se.
But at the same time I have no intention of making a calculated bid for attention by deliberately asserting, as some have also declared, that no real resemblance exists aside from superficial employment of stock characters and themes common to virtually all stories in the genre.
To me, this is an untenable statement: Lovecraft, like every writer of fantasy and horror fiction subsequent to Poe, was necessarily influenced by the work of his predecessor -- and to certain extent his work needs must be derivative in some slight sense. Actually, Lovecraft's homage to Poe in his essay Supernatural Horror In Literature, indicates a degree of appreciation and admiration which leaves no doubt as to the profound impression made upon him by the earlier master.
But to me the most fruitful area of comparison lies within an examination of the backgrounds and personalities of the writers themselves.

Consider the facts. Both Poe and Lovecraft were New England born. Both were, to all intents and purposes, fatherless at an early age. Both developed a lifelong affinity for poetry and the elements of a classical education Both utilized archaisms in their writing styles and affected personal eccentricities which in time became consciously cultivated.
Although Poe spent a part of his youth in England and travelled along the Atlantic seaboard in later life -- and while Lovecraft ventured up into Canada and down into Florida on vacations a few years prior to his death -- neither man ever ventured west of the Alleghenies. Lovecraft, on one occasion, did skirt them to visit E. Hoffman Price briefly in his New Orleans home, but essentially he and Poe were Easterners. Their outlook was, to a marked degree, provincial; even parochial.
Both men distrusted "foreigners" in the mass: both retained a profound admiration for the English. These attitudes are plainly evident in their work, which is many particulars removed and remote form the main current of American life.
A reader attempting to capture some glimpse of the United States in the 1830-1850 period would gain small enlightenment from the poetry and fiction of Poe. At a time when the entire nation was engaged in a westward thrust, beginning with the peregrinations of the mountain men and ending with the Gold Rush in the year of Poe's death, one searches in vain for a wet which does not seemingly even exist in his literary compass.
Byronic heroes sequestered in British and continental locales scarcely reflect the American attitudes or aptitudes in the era of Old Hickory, Davy Crockett, the fall of the Alamo, the Mexican War and the growing turmoil over slavery.
Nor would a reader find more typically American protagonists amongst the pendants, professors and regionally-oriented recluses of Lovecraft's tales, in which there's scarcely a hint of the manners and mores of the Roaring Twenties or the Great Depression which followed in the ensuing decade. Aside from a few remarks regarding the influx of immigrants and concomitant destruction of old folkways and landmarks, plus brief mentions of the (intellectually) "wild" college set, Lovecraft ignores the post WW1 Jazz Age in its entirety: Coolidge, Hoover, FDR, Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, Al Capone, Valentino, Mencken and the prototypes of Babbit have no existence in HPL's realm. It is difficult to believe that Howard Phillips Lovecraft was a literary contemporary of Ernest Hemingway.

And yet a further comparison between Lovecraft and Poe remains; one of profound importance in any consideration of their work, because it softens any charge that two writers were totally unaware of the actual world and unrealistic in their treatment of their times.
I refer, of course, to their mutual interest in science. Both Poe and Lovecraft were acute observers of the scientific and pseudo-scientific developments of their respective days, and both men utilized thee latest theories and discoveries in their writing. It is only necessary to cite Poe's use of mesmerism, his employment of the balloon hoax, his detailing of data in the Arthur Gordon Pym novella, to prove the point.
Lovecraft, for his part, relies on scientific background material in his Pym-like At the Mountains of Madness, "The Shadow Out of Time" and other efforts; notable is his immediate adoption of the newly discovered "ninth planet" in "The Whisperer in Darkness."
Lovecraft's interest in astronomy undoubtedly led to his increasing interest in other fields of scientific endeavor, just as Poe's early experiences at West Point must have fostered his preoccupation with codes an ciphers. And both men, as professional writers, were well and widely-read in the contemporary work of their day: Poe as a working critic, demonstrates his knowledge in his nonfictional efforts and Lovecraft, in his correspondence, proves himself no stranger to Proust, Joyce, Spengler and Freud.

But the point is that Poe and Lovecraft deliberately chose to turn their backs on contemporary styles and subject-matter and created their own individual worlds of fantasy. In this above all else they were similar.
And in this, above all else, we readers of Poe and Lovecraft are fortunate indeed. We shall never know, and never care, what Edgar Allan Poe though of Andy Jackson's "kitchen cabinet" or how H. P. Lovecraft regarded the Teapot Dome scandal. Small loss, when both have given us glimpses of worlds peculiarly and provocatively their very own.
For the final similarity is this -- Poe and Lovecraft are our two American geniuses of fantasy, comparable each to the other, but incomparably superior to all the rest who follow in their wake.

H.P.Lovecraft Pickman's Model

You needn’t think I’m crazy, Eliot—plenty of others have queerer prejudices than this. Why don’t you laugh at Oliver’s grandfather, who won’t ride in a motor? If I don’t like that damned subway, it’s my own business; and we got here more quickly anyhow in the taxi. We’d have had to walk up the hill from Park Street if we’d taken the car.

I know I’m more nervous than I was when you saw me last year, but you don’t need to hold a clinic over it. There’s plenty of reason, God knows, and I fancy I’m lucky to be sane at all. Why the third degree? You didn’t use to be so inquisitive.

Well, if you must hear it, I don’t know why you shouldn’t. Maybe you ought to, anyhow, for you kept writing me like a grieved parent when you heard I’d begun to cut the Art Club and keep away from Pickman. Now that he’s disappeared I go around to the club once in a while, but my nerves aren’t what they were.

No, I don’t know what’s become of Pickman, and I don’t like to guess. You might have surmised I had some inside information when I dropped him—and that’s why I don’t want to think where he’s gone. Let the police find what they can—it won’t be much, judging from the fact that they don’t know yet of the old North End place he hired under the name of Peters. I’m not sure that I could find it again myself—not that I’d ever try, even in broad daylight! Yes, I do know, or am afraid I know, why he maintained it. I’m coming to that. And I think you’ll understand before I’m through why I don’t tell the police. They would ask me to guide them, but I couldn’t go back there even if I knew the way. There was something there—and now I can’t use the subway or (and you may as well have your laugh at this, too) go down into cellars any more.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Investigators resource : The Map of Arkham

I would like to present, a map of Arkham for all of the investigators out there. Shouldn’t this be a keeper’s resource? Maybe…maybe not I feel that this should be shared with the players of call of Cthulhu to help them visualize the town. There is nothing on this map that could ruin a game for a player, it’s just here to be an aid. 
Click on the map for a larger view. remember to right click and select save image as. 

Lovecraft circle : Clark Ashton Smith

Clark Ashton Smith (January 13, 1893 – August 14, 1961) was a self-educated American poet,
sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories. He achieved early local recognition, largely through the enthusiasm of George Sterling, for traditional verse in the vein of Swinburne. As a poet, Smith is grouped with the West Coast Romantics alongside Ambrose Bierce, Joaquin Miller, Sterling, Nora May French, and remembered as "The Last of the Great Romantics" and "The Bard of Auburn".
Smith was one of "the big three of Weird Tales, with Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft",] but some readers objected to his morbidness and violation of pulp traditions. The fantasy critic L. Sprague de Camp said of him that "nobody since Poe has so loved a well-rotted corpse."Smith was a member of the Lovecraft circle and his literary friendship with Lovecraft lasted from 1922 until Lovecraft's death in 1937. His work is marked by an extraordinarily rich and ornate vocabulary, a cosmic perspective and a vein of sardonic and sometimes ribald humor.

Of his writing style, Smith stated that: "My own conscious ideal has been to delude the reader into accepting an impossibility, or series of impossibilities, by means of a sort of verbal black magic, in the achievement of which I make use of prose-rhythm, metaphor, simile, tone-color, counter-point, and other stylistic resources, like a sort of incantation.

Lovecraftian Movies

Bride of Re-Animator (1990)
Both Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott return in this mediocre sequel to Re-Animator, which actually owes more to The Bride of Frankenstein. However, some scenes, including the final one in the tomb of the Averills, were directly inspired by the original story, “Herbert West—Reanimator”. 
The Crimson Cult (1968)
Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, and Barbara Steele star in this film which is ostensibly based on Lovecraft’s “The Dreams in the Witch House”. This is one of Karloff’s last films (if not the last). 
The Curse (1987)
The presence of Wil Wheaton, Claude Akins, and John Schneider don’t bode well for this dull adaptation of Lovecraft’s “The Colour out of Space”. Inexplicably, the location of the story was moved to Tellico Plains, Tennesee, and the family name was changed to Hayes. 
Dagon (2001)
Based more on “The Shadow over Innsmouth” than on “Dagon”, Ezra Godden plays the protagonist and Francisco Rabal plays a difficult-to-understand version of Zadok Allen. The setting is terrific and the film is better looking than earlier Gordon productions, but the chase scene from “The Shadow over Innsmouth” is strung out for much of the film yet lacks the manic energy of other Gordon films.
Die, Monster, Die! (1965)
Also known as Monster of Terror, this film takes Lovecraft’s “The Colour out of Space” and emphasizes the science-fiction aspects rather than the horror. Boris Karloff stars as scientistNahum Witley, as opposed to farmer Nahum Gardner. This film is another example of a classic horror actor crippled by an awful script. (Purchase from on 
The Dunwich Horror (1970)
Many of the elements of Lovecraft’s “The Dunwich Horror” were kept intact, including several of the character names: Wilbur Whateley (Dean Stockwell), Dr. Henry Armitage (Ed Begley, Sr.), Lavinia Whateley (Joanne Moore Jordan), and Old Wizard Whateley (Sam Jaffe). However, the addition of a female lead (Sandra Dee) and psychedelic special effects end up making this film pretty average. 
From Beyond (1986)
Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton of Re-Animator fame return in another Brian Yuzna and Stuart Gordon horror-fest. The events of Lovecraft’s short story “From Beyond” effectively take place before the opening credits roll, thus this fairly entertaining film could be considered a sequel to the story. 
The Haunted Palace (1963)
For marketing reasons, director Roger Corman named this film after an Edgar Allan Poe poem, but it is actually based on Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Vincent Price stars as Charles Dexter Ward and Lon Chaney, Jr. stars as Simon Orne, but even these veteran actors can’t raise this film very far above average. Instead of Price acting in a dual role as both Ward and Joseph Curwen, the spirit of Curwen possesses him. 
Lurking Fear (1994)
One of the poorer Lovecraft adaptations yet, this film is only loosely based on Lovecraft’s “The Lurking Fear”. Other than the town of Lefferts Corners and the presence of the degenerate Martense family, this film bears little resemblance to the original story. Even the manic performance of Lovecraftian actor Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator and From Beyond) andHellraiser’s Ashley Lauren[ce] can’t save this terrible film. 
Necronomicon (1993)
An anthology of three tales, with an unintentionally laughable wrapper story called “The Library” featuring Jeffrey Combs as Lovecraft himself. Combs obtains a copy of theNecronomicon and is apparently reading these three tales from it! The first segment, “The Drowned,” is based very loosely on “The Rats in the Walls” and has a few genuinely atmospheric moments—but no rats! The second segment, “The Cold,” is based a little more solidly on “Cool Air” and stars David Warner, but a female protagonist was added. The last segment, “Whispers,” was supposedly based on “The Whisperer in Darkness”, but apparently underwent so much revision that the resemblance was lost. Altogether, a very average film. 
Re-Animator (1985)
Despite taking enormous liberties with Lovecraft’s “Herbert West—Reanimator”, this is one of the most entertaining and financially successful of Lovecraft films. Produced by Brian Yuzna and directed by Stuart Gordon, this scary and funny film stars Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West, Bruce Abbott as Dan Cain, Barbara Crampton as Megan Halsey, and David Gale as Doctor Carl Hill. 
The Resurrected (1992)
Based on Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, this film is perhaps the most faithful Lovecraft film to date. Directed by Dan O’Bannon (who wrote the script for Alien) and starring Chris Sarandon (The Sentinel and The Princess Bride) as Charles Dexter Ward and Joseph Curwen. The scenes in the tunnels beneath Curwen’s house are especially impressive. 
The Unnamable (1988)
Little more than a monster-kills-teenagers-having-sex movie, this film does manage to incorporate a few Lovecraftian references and the Necronomicon, although its relationship to Lovecraft’s “The Unnamable” are minimal. 
The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter (1993)
Taking place immediately after the events of The Unnamable, this sequel incorporates more elements of its namesake, “The Statement of Randolph Carter” than its forerunner. Still, these elements do not make up the foremost portion of the film, and the presences of John Rhys-Davies and David Warner don’t make this any better than an above-average film. 

Rants from the otherside

“The night is shattered by the sound
a howl from a hellish hound
all is quiet and still I fear the sound” – T.S.Goss for no apparent reason
As an avid role player, you tend to go full circle and come back to the game that held more meaning to you over the others. This is what happened in my case, I came back to the Call of Cthulhu RPG system when my wife got me the complete set of 7th edition rules. Don’t get me wrong, I am not giving up on my Mutants and mastermind Roll20 game anytime soon. I am just looking forward to start working on my ROLL20 Cthulhu game which will be awesome.
So, the basis for this rant is to see if we can get a DEMO of Call of Cthulhu 7th edition done using ROLL20 virtual tabletop. If you are interested click on the icon on the front page and go ahead & join and if you’re not, then fine be that way….
Happy Belated Birthday to Howard Phillip Lovecraft
Happy Birthday sir! And you are still the master of horror.

Cthulhu inspired artwork coming to the Temple of Cthulhu
What most people do not know about me is that I am besides being a game master with over 20 years of experience is that I am also a artist – so I am going to showcase some of my mythos inspired artwork. 

Harvest Moon

“This place has a history
The Spaniards settled here
they burned the town and fields
they moved away from here
my grandma often told me
she knew it peaceful here
the war took all the vigor
War took the best from here”
-          Harvest moon by Blue oyster cult
The pc’s are asked by the Taylor family of Arkham to investigate the disappearance of Marjorie
Taylor, a Miskatonic student who came to Harvest moon with her fiancé to visit his family before the wedding. She was last seen according to witnesses when she went out for a walk in the woods after dinner. Her fiancé is Henry Delamont, the son of the mayor Frederick Delamont who also owns the mill that employs 95% of the townsfolk of harvest moon.
Harvest moon Dark Secret: The town is cursed – if a willing person who comes to harvest moon while on a just cause is sacrificed then for the next year, the townsfolk will prosper failure to do so will result in disaster for the town.
Harvest moon Dark Secret 2: Marjorie was not kidnapped, she and her fiancé’s family belong to the Cult of Cailleach and they invented the story of the kidnapping to lure the investigators to Harvest moon so one of them can be used as a sacrifice 
Possible Outcomes:
  1. One of the investigators is killed during the ceremony and the cult stops all activity’s for another year
  2. The investigators disrupt the cult and the chosen investigator is saved

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

H.P. Lovecraft Anthology Series Being Developed by Legendary TV — Report

This article was originally published here :
H.P. Lovecraft Anthology Series Being Developed by Legendary TV — Report

H.P. Lovecraft’s influence can be felt in countless writers, musicians and artists who’ve followed in the “weird fiction” exemplar’s footsteps, but the author’s work has rarely been directly adapted. Bleeding Cool reports that this may soon change, as Legendary TV is said to be answering the call of Cthulhu and creating an anthology series based on 16 of Lovecraft’s best-known works.
Per the report, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott will serve as producers on the show — the first to receive the Lovecraft Estate’s blessing — with a pilot script from Matthew Francis Wilson. Key stories being adapted include “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Shadow Over Insmouth” and “The Dunwich Horror.”
Much of Lovecraft’s fiction concerns mankind encountering knowledge and/or beings that far surpass our understanding as mere humans. (If you’re wondering how to pronounce “Cthulhu,” don’t bother — it’s unutterable by human tongues.) No other details on the series are presently known, but if done properly it make for an arresting viewing experience.

Lovecraft : Fear of the Unknown Trailer

Lovecraft Circle : August Derlerth

August William Derleth (February 24 1909 – July 4 1971) was an American writer and anthologist
. Though best remembered as Howard Phillips Lovecraft's literary executor and for his own contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos genre of horror, Derleth was a prolific writer in several genres, including historical fiction and detective fiction.
The son of William Julius Derleth and his wife Rose Louise Volk, he grew up in Sauk City, Wisconsin. At the age of 16, he sold his first story to Weird Tales magazine. Derleth wrote all throughout his four years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a B.A. in 1930. During this time he served briefly as editor of Mystic Magazine.
In the mid-1930s he organised a Ranger's Club for young people, served as clerk and president of the local Board of Education, served as a parole officer, organised a local Men's Club and a Parent-Teacher Association. He also lectured in American Regional Literature at the University of Wisconsin.
In 1941 he became literary editor of The Capital Times newspaper in Madison, a post he held until his resignation in 1960.
Derleth was married April 6 1953 to Sandra Evelyn Winters; they were divorced six years later in 1959. He retained custody of their two children, April Rose and Walden William. In 1960, Derleth began editing and publishing a magazine called Hawk and Whippoorwill, dedicated to poems of man and nature.

He died on July 4, 1971 and is buried in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sauk City.

More VTT Tokens for Roll20

These were created for me by John Karnay, the man and the legend himself. remember to right click and save as image 

Chilling Locations

The World of Amateurs
The world of amateurs is located in the hillside area of queens NY. Hidden from view in a cluster of gray drab buildings, one will find the World of Amateurs. Ran by Mr. and Mrs. Whaley, The World of Amateurs is New York's first and finest swinging club and amateur porn studio.
  • Dark Secret : Mr. & Mrs. Whaley are really deep one hybrids who lure innocent couples into their lurid web so that they can impregnate the female patrons so the deep one race can continue

Happy Jack’s World of Burgers and fun
Happy jack is a recently new restaurant in Kingsport, Ma. They are known for their Blammo! Burgers and cheddar fries. They were founded back in 1923 in Toronto by Jack Warwick.
  • Dark Secret: Jack Warwick was a hitman for the mob and a member of the cult of endless night. He would use the restaurant as a cover to get rid of the evidence of his hits or from the cult.
  •  Dark Secret # 2 : Happy Jack serves human flesh as its meat patties
  •  Dark Secret # 3 : All of the staff belong to the cult of endless night 


Robert Bloch - Lovecraft's student

Robert Albert Bloch (April 5, 1917 – September 23, 1994) was an American fiction writer, primarily of crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is best known as the writer of Psycho, the basis for the film of the same name by Alfred Hitchcock. His fondness for a pun is evident in the titles of his story collections such as Tales in a Jugular Vein, Such Stuff as Screams Are Made Of and Out of the Mouths of Graves.
Bloch wrote hundreds of short stories and over 30 novels. He was one of the youngest members of the Lovecraft Circle. H. P. Lovecraft was Bloch's mentor and one of the first to seriously encourage his talent. However, while Bloch started his career by emulating Lovecraft and his brand of "cosmic horror", he later specialized in crime and horror stories dealing with a more psychological approach.
Bloch was a contributor to pulp magazines such as Weird Tales in his early career, and was also a prolific screenwriter and a major contributor to science fiction fanzines and fandom in general.
He won the Hugo Award (for his story "That Hell-Bound Train"), the Bram Stoker Award, and the World Fantasy Award. He served a term as president of the Mystery Writers of America (1970) and was a member of that organisation and of Science Fiction Writers of America, the Writers Guild of America, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Count Dracula Society. In 2008, The Library of America selected Bloch's essay "The Shambles of Ed Gein" (1962) for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American true crime.

His favorites among his own novels were The Kidnapper, The Star Stalker, Psycho, Night-World, and Strange Eons.His work has been extensively adapted for the movies and television, comics and audio books.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Zombie VTT token for ROLL20

Right click and save image

Here is a gift from me to you all, a zombie token for ROLL20 Virtual Table top. More will be coming so check back now and then for some more RPG goodies

Is there a BOC/H.P. Lovecraft connection?

Not directly, however, some of the concepts in BOC's lyrics, 
particularly *Imaginos* seem to be inspired by some of Lovecraft's work. For those not familiar, Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an early 20th-century writer of horror and science fiction stories. 
Although some of Lovecraft's contemporaries often did not 
appreciate his work (labeling it "bad taste" and "sick"), Stephen King has acknowledged Lovecraft as the 20th-century's "greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale". 

He is best known for several short stories often referred to 
collectively as the "Cthulhu Mythos" -- these stories refer to 
"The Great Old Ones", creatures from other worlds and dimensions 
which once ruled the earth, and have since been defeated, 
expelled, or imprisoned by various cosmic forces. These creatures 
may rise again ("when the stars are right"), often aided by human 
cults performing ceremonies with various blasphemous incantations. 

Looking at the lyrics and liner notes of *Imaginos*, it's obvious 
that there are many similarities. The story told by *Imaginos* 
explores a lot of the same concepts as the "Cthulhu Mythos", close 
enough for some to claim that the two are one and the same (For 
example, Desdinova or Imaginos is "an actor playing roles in 
history, challenging man against evil". 

He could be considered as an agent of evil -- Lovecraft's 
Nyarlathotep.). However, general is that *Imaginos*, while no 
doubt inspired by some of Lovecraft's work (Al Bouchard also 
indicates that Sandy Pearlman and he had read some of Lovecraft's 
work), is not meant to be a re-telling of Lovecraft's "Cthulhu 
Mythos". Having said that, the following are some literary 
references between *Imaginos* and Lovecraft's work: 

The song "Les Invisibles" contains the line "beneath the polar 
mountain". Lovecraft's tale, "At the Mountains of Madness" 
discusses Antarctica as being a location where some of the Great 
Old Ones either arrived, ruled, or lay waiting. 

The songs "I Am The One You Warned Me Of" and "The Siege And 
Investiture Of Baron Von Frankenstein's Castle At Weisseria" both 
contain references to "Starry Wisdom". Lovecraft's story, "The 
Haunter of the Dark" refers to "the Church of the Starry Wisdom", 
a cult organization in which "the Shining Trapazohedron shows them 
heaven & other worlds, & that the Haunter of the Dark tells them 
secrets in some way." Also, the Shining Trapazohedron appears to 
be similar in function to the Magna of Illusion of *Imaginos*. 

The song, "Les Invisibles" talks about "the empress lay sleeping 
to the rhyme of the star clock", which may refer to the Great Old 
One's return "when the stars are right". The song "In The Presence 
Of Another World" contains the spoken words, "when the stars are 
right". This same line is used in Lovecraft's, "The Call of 
Cthulhu". In addition, the "Oyster Boys", as water beings can be 
likened to agents of Cthulhu. 

The song, "Harvest Moon" seems very Lovecraftian in nature as 
well. An unknown evil is implied in the final verse, where the 
singer refuses to go out at nights since the disappearance of 
someone's daughter, yet with the understanding that she'll be 
found in the spring when the snow melts. Lovecraft wrote a few 
stories about towns with such hidden evils. 
This article can originally be found here