RPG Supplement of the Week: The Discovery of Fragments of Kitab Al-Azif at Harran (Miskatonic University Press, 1920).

There are many, many fine products that come out of the HPL Historical Society, from their Dark Adventure Radio Theater audio plays to their physical props (I rather badly want their Innsmouth scrimshaw shark-tooth). But what I really like are their scholarly monographs. They’re written in an academic but lively style, and as if they were in the actual world of the Mythos.

The latest one — The Discovery of Fragments of Kitab Al-Azif at Harran — is I think of particular interest, as it would take a gamemaster roughly half an hour to construct a full-fledged adventure, based on nothing but what was in the pamphlet. All you’d really need is your favorite monster from the game, and you’re good to go. There’s even an easily-detachable game prop, with a helpful colored map on the other side!

Got my @HPLHS Eldritch Elf from @MariahLStudios!

It’s very cool. An Elder Thing from Mountains of Madness, and a burned-wood Solstice ornament that goes up on the tree (once I get around to putting the tree up). You can find more of Mariah’s stuff at MariahLStudios.com. Check her out!

Moe Lane

PS: I will admit: all I did was get my Eldritch Elf a set of four tentacle pint glasses from the HPLHS Store. I mean, I don’t regret doing it: something like that is firmly in the ‘I want some, but I’m never gonna buy them for myself,’ category, and that’s a solid gift-giving category. But it ain’t original art.


THE BLACK STONE is one of Robert Howard‘s best stories, so I’m happy about that. I’m also happy that the other Howard’s apparently now on the menu, because PIGEONS IN HELL would be perfect for a HPLHS Dark Aventure Radio Theater production. But mostly I’m happy for another DART. I love these. I also have them all, except for MASKS OF NYARLATHOTEP, because I can’t afford it.

You can preorder THE BLACK STONE here.


The @HPLHS is doing a BOGO sale on E-DARTs for HPL’s birthday.

Yeah, that’s a lot of acronyms. Unpacked: the HP Lovecraft Historical Society is doing a buy-one, get-one free sale on the electronic versions of its Dark Adventure Radio Theater shows. This is a good deal, even if I’m not going to do it: I already have them all (well, except for Masks of Nylarathotep, because if I had $250 to spare I’d spend it on publishing more short stories) in physical form, complete with the binders and everything. But if you just want the DARTs and don’t care about the props, this is an excellent deal. They’re very good radio plays.

Solstice Sale


That’s pretty much it, except that PURGATORY CHASM is apparently an original Dark Adventure Radio Theater production, and not an adaptation of Lovecraft (or contemporary horror author). Which is not too surprising: all the best HPL works have been adapted by now. Although I wouldn’t say no to seeing an adaptation of Robert Howard’s PIGEONS FROM HELL…

Tweet of the Day, I Am A Lifetime @HPLHS Member Myself edition.

I find membership congenial, and it does on occasion offer discounts on HPL Historical Society products. But I mostly like it for the sheer look of the thing. Besides: who knows? If the Great Old Ones ever do come back, perhaps membership will get me special consideration. Although I’m not whether that’ll mean just getting last, or first…