The panels I attended at DoxaCon were quite fun, and this one in particular was entertaining. Direct link here.
Annotated by Ken Hite, mind you.
It’s weird, though: I don’t actually remember ordering this. It’s not available on the Arc Dream site yet, because I was over there a couple of days ago to see if I could preorder it. No biggie. It’s probably from some Kickstarter or something.
H.P. Lovecraft: Maker of Modern Horror went on for one month of weekly two-hour sessions. Ken Hite walked us through a selection of Lovecraft’s stories, while discussing HPL’s philosophy and what author’s influenced him. It was worth every penny, but fair warning: if you take a future version of this class, you will find yourself on Kindle afterward, looking up a wide variety of early twentieth century horror fiction. They’re all individually cheap, but the books pile up real quick.
Anyway, it was a good class, with smart people in the discussion. I heartily recommend it. Check out the next one.
I’m looking forward to attending this, next month:
H.P. Lovecraft: Maker of Modern Horror
H.P. Lovecraft revolutionized horror, modernized the Gothic, and created a 20th-century mythology explored by authors from Jorge Luis Borges to Stephen King. This module provides an overview of Lovecraft’s fiction, from his early “Dunsanian” fantasies to his later science fiction masterpieces. Along the way, it touches on Lovecraft’s life and times, his letters and criticism, and other aspects of his thought, but keeps the stories themselves central. We explore Lovecraft’s uses of settings such as “witch-haunted Arkham,” techniques including the near-hoax and “adventurous expectancy,” and his great theme of “cosmic indifference.”
…especially since Ken Hite’s going to be teaching it. There’s still space available: it’ll be on Thursdays in July, from 5-7 PM Eastern Time. It should be a blast and a half.
I signed up for this: hopefully it’ll get enough interest to actually run.
Ken tells the story better than I would…
…although, I have to admit, now that it’s over and he’s not in any danger: it’s all pretty damn metal. Still, keep him in your prayers for a quick recovery.
Purchased by accident, honestly: I forgot it was in the cart. I already had GURPS HORROR: THE MADNESS DOSSIER in digital form, and while I wanted a print copy… well, my family’s weekly grocery bill has gone up by thirty to fifty percent in the last year. One has to be mindful.
Still, it’s a fun concept for a horror game, full of ancient Sumerian gods, brain hacking, and secret conspiracies to keep reality itself from being rewritten. I definitely can recommend it as a sourcebook. Then again, I could have just said, ‘written by Ken Hite,’ and that would have been sufficient.
H/T: GeekTyrant. The print version of VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE SECOND INQUISITION isn’t available yet, but Modiphius has released the PDF for it. And third-party vendors too, I guess: at least, I ordered mine through Renegade Game Studios and I’ve downloaded and am reading the PDF right now.
I’ve wanted this one for a while. SECOND INQUISITION is not for playing vampire-hunters in the World of Darkness; if you want that, go play NIGHT’S BLACK AGENTS*. Which you should do anyway, because it’s a cool game. And as I’m sure Ken Hite would readily tell you, too.
*Well, that turned out to be an expensive link for me. #commissionearned