I have decided over the last couple of years to take the opportunity afforded by the AHPC to do something different. Last year saw my foray into a 6mm miniatures with a Blood Angels Epic army. This was quite novel for me as I had never painted any 6 mm models nor had been involved in anything to do with Fantasy wargaming. For this year's Challenge, an unusual series of events and observations sent me down a path I would have never predicted.
Well I suppose this is where I started to lose control of myself. Reading about him certainly revealed a somewhat unusual character; both parents going mad and dying in an asylum, riches to rags, and a quite extraordinary fan base. His books are out of copyright, so Kindle versions are easily obtained. I read The Dunwich Horror, a strange story and I liked the writing style. But what was this Cthulhu Mythos. While researching this, I discovered that many of his stories have spoken versions and are easily available without cost. I discovered HorrorBabble and I was hooked.
This immersion has also sparked an interest in 1930 and 40's pulp magazine cover art. I am going to have to stop myself from starting a collection.
I could go on and on, but I should stop. If you would like to take the plunge, here is a link to my YouTube playlists of HP Lovecraft stories.
|Carson Sinclair, Joe Diamond, Father Mateo|
|Cult Leader, Witch, Priest of Dagon|
|Deep One Hybrids, Barnabas Marsh|
|Ghost, Hound of Tindalos, Maniac|
I can't express how stoked I was when I saw this entry. John had dropped me a line a few months ago asking me about figure-based boardgames and I had suggested he look into the various cooperative titles out there like Kingdom Death and Mansions of Madness. Well John, to see that you've not only been having a good time with the game and figures but also enjoying the literature of HP Lovecraft makes me very happy. It's such a rich 'world' and so very thematic that I always love seeing others get immersed in it. (As a quick aside, if you enjoy Lovecrafts writing then you HAVE to check out Peter Rawlik's writing - it's sooo horrifically good.) I also had to smile when you said that your lovely wife and her sister had a good time with the game. Sarah is a big fan of the genre as well, so these games (Elder Sign, Arkham Horror, Eldritch Horror, Mansions, etc.) are perennial favourites in our home. We've even travelled with them so we can play them with friends abroad (Phil and Alice had to put up with a multi-day marathon game in Avignon a few years ago.). As you can tell, I'm a huge fan of the setting.