Tuesday, March 29, 2005

RPG: Empire of Satanis

Empire of Satanis by Darrick Dishaw
Available as a free download (or get the printed version for $5.79)

A role-playing game with the potential for the characters to become horrible and unspeakable Gods, using their weird forms of black magic to enter the human universe and change it forever! This is a Lovecraft inspired RPG where the players have a lot of control over the story and their characters. Contains a Color Sphere of Influence system that determines a character's personality, style, and spell domain. More than a dozen alien, demonic races - unique in the scifi/fantasy/horror genre. Innovative and dynamic mechanics for motivating characters to do evil and dark acts... also a new system called Story Alteration where players can directly influence the adventure's path.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Lovecraft Library of America review at OpinionJournal

OpinionJournal - Leisure & Arts:

A more reasoned review of the new Lovecraft edition from the Library of America...

H.P. Lovecraft's Afterlife
He was an atheist and a nihilist, and he's more influential than ever.

..."Lovecraft wrote in this dark and distinguished tradition, and much of his early work displays the influence of Poe and other predecessors. By the late 1920s, however, he was no longer a mere dwarf standing on the shoulders of giants but a genuine innovator whose lasting impact appears mainly in a set of stories known as the 'Cthulhu Mythos.' They begin with 'The Call of Cthulhu,' written in 1926 and one of Lovecraft's finest pieces. It's about a young sculptor's bizarre dreams, a hideous statuette he manufactures in his sleep, a dastardly voodoo cult, a shadowy book called the Necronomicon, and a menacing encounter in the Pacific Ocean with a monster that's perhaps best described as a gargantuan alien octopus with wings (and owning the unpronounceable name 'Cthulhu').

This may sound silly and, at a certain level, it surely is. Yet 'The Call of Cthulhu' is also strangely engrossing, and contains many elements that will be familiar to fans of 'The Da Vinci Code' by Dan Brown: The main character is an Ivy League professor determined to investigate ancient mysteries and their lingering effects on the present day. Readers who become accustomed to Lovecraft's writing style may find that it possesses a florid eloquence."...

Lovecraft "worst well-known writer"

commercialappeal.com - Memphis, TN: Books:

While I agree with some of the author's criticisms of Lovecrafts style his calling HPL 'arguably the worst...' blah blah blah, is sheer nonsense. For a chap who writes a column called Book Notes you have to wonder how many of the things he's actially read...
Volume showcases Lovecraft's flaws

..."Lovecraft is arguably the worst well-known writer in the history of American letters. He is not simply bad but floridly, studiously bad, though he was capable, in archaic, turgid prose, of creating an atmosphere of dread that seems to spread from the chair in which the reader sits to the shadowy siftings where the borders of the universe falter and fail.

In order to accomplish this feat, however, at least once in every story, Lovecraft's prose explodes in a fit of chaotic, gothic incoherence, and we read with appalled fascination, as we would watch, horror-stricken and mesmerized, a snail attempting to swallow a lava lamp."...

Saturday, March 19, 2005

The Nameless City Etext - Wikisource

What better place to begin our descent than with the Lovecraft tale that gives us our name...

The Nameless City - Wikisource:
"Remote in the desert of Araby lies the nameless city, crumbling and inarticulate, its low walls nearly hidden by the sands of uncounted ages. It must have been thus before the first stones of Memphis were laid, and while the bricks of Babylon were yet unbaked. There is no legend so old as to give it a name, or to recall that it was ever alive; but it is told of in whispers around campfires and muttered about by grandams in the tents of sheiks so that all the tribes shun it without wholly knowing why. It was of this place that Abdul Alhazred the mad poet dreamed of the night before he sang his unexplained couplet:

That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons death may die."