Help Spread the Word: Arc Dream Publishing and Delta Green at Gen Con 2016

Gen Con is quickly approaching and we would like all of our fan’s help in spreading the word!

We’ll be at Booth #623 this year (along with our friends at Pagan Publishing and Dagon Industries) and to get everyone informed and excited we’ve created these 200×200 px profile images for use on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, or whatever social network you prefer!

So please download this, give it to your friends, change your profiles, and spread the word! We’re just days away from The Best Four Days in Gaming

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H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival to Happen in Providence, RI for the First Time!

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For the first time in its 20 year history, the H.P. Lovecraft film festival is set to have its own even in Lovecraft’s hometown of Providence, RI.

The festival runs from August 19 – 21 at the Providence Public Library.

The H.P. Lovecraft film festival hosts independent cinema adapted from and inspired by Lovecraft’s writings. Like any good convention there are also panels, guest speakers, and vendors throughout the weekend.

For more information check out www.hplfilmfestival.com or the Providence Journal

 

Read Scanned Originals of Lovecraft’s Work from Weird Tales

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While we’ve all had access to H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories and letters from various printed and online sources, it’s not everyday you can read his work where it was originally published. Most of Lovecraft’s work was published in a variety of amateur and pulp magazine titles starting in the early teens of the 1900’s, and while finding original copies of those magazines can prove to be quite difficult the wonders of the modern era have afforded us easy access to those publications in the form of scans.

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This week we’re bringing you some sources where you can read those scans (both stories and letters), and other relics of the pulp magazine era!

The first comes the appropriately named “The Lovecraft eZine” and their collection of Lovecraft stories and letters. I find the letters he writes to the editors of the magazine an especially fascinating look at Lovecraft as a person, not just a horror icon.

The second is from pulpmags.org. These scans are in full color and include the covers of the magazines themselves. They’re begging to be printed and rebound for an authentic reading experience.

If you like old sci-fi and pulp magazines in general then check out sffaudio.com and pulpmags.org. They both have sizable collections that will occupy you for hours.

Tale of Terror: Sawbucks

From The Unspeakable Oath 19, now available for purchase in print and PDF.
Written by Monte Cook,© 2011. Illustrated by Dennis Detwiller, © 2011.

The investigators go to spend some money and discoverthat one (or more) of their ten dollar bills are identifiedby a clerk or bank teller as counterfeit. They learn thatpeople all over the community are finding the counterfeitbills. The investigators most likely find this inconvenientbut not terribly interesting. That is, until they learn thata surprising number of deaths have been reported in thearea as well, and all of the bodies have been found withsome of the fake currency.

Nothing else seems to link the deaths. Two bills were found ona man who committed suicide by hanging. Another was foundon a woman who was struck by a car. Three were found onthe body of a man murdered in an alley in a drunken fight.(The Keeper is free to add more, similar deaths.)

Option 1: Haunted

The bills are haunted. The counterfeiter committed ahandful of horrific murders in the same room as he craftedthe phony money. The essence of those slain victims,imbued within each bill, haunts any that carry them.The investigators, if they still have any of the counterfeitmoney with them, begin to have terrible nightmares whenthey sleep, and hear strange whispers just at the edge ofperception while awake. Objects begin to move on their ownaround them, sometimes in subtly threatening ways. Worse,even if the investigators rid themselves of the money, theysoon find it mysteriously returned to their wallets or purses.Eventually, terrible calamities begin to befall those with thebills, or the whispering voices begin to drain their sanity,perhaps driving them to murder or suicide. Only the deathof the counterfeiter, who is still at large, puts the ghoststo rest. (Alternatively, some rite of exorcism or properlyresearched binding spell could solve the problem as well.)

Option 2: Cursed

The bills are a mind-control ploy perpetrated by a pair ofserpent men sorcerers. These recently awakened fiends ofancient times hide among humanity, hoping to exert somemastery over them. Having seen humans’ preoccupationwith money, they have chosen to use that predilectionagainst them. Using the flesh of shantak birds disguisedby spells to appear to be normal paper, the inhumansorcerers have created the fake currency as a test. Manyof the subjects died during the test, either by design oraccident, as the serpent men work out the fine details oftheir sorcerous process. Investigators with the bills mayfind themselves hearing voices in their heads that are nottheir own. They may awaken as if from a trance to findthat they have taken actions of which they were unaware.Destroying the bills proves difficult because they are notprinted on real paper—only the serpent men know howit can be accomplished. This latter fact may serve as aclue, however, as no matter what is done with the bills, orno matter how long they are in circulation, they alwaysappear to be brand new, crisp sawbucks.

Option 3: Tainted

The money is not the problem—it’s the counterfeiterspreading them. A degenerate individual whose motherhad been impregnated in a ritual calling upon an avatarof Yog-Sothoth, the counterfeiter commands powers hedoes not fully understand or control. His otherworldlyessence grows in power and influence with each day, sothat now when he spends considerable contact with anobject (like the bills, but also his tools, his printing press,and essentially everything in his basement apartment) itis imbued with the taint of the Outside. Each of them isa like a tiny crack in the fabric of our universe. Madnessand death follow these objects like a curse, but the truethreat is the man, who—if not found and stopped—himselfbecomes a physical gateway, letting in true terrors frombeyond that threaten all mankind.