August 20th 1890 Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born and it is fair to say that in his 46 years he managed to change forever the horror genre. In honor of his memory we wanted to present our five top tips for doing something Lovecraftian.
1. Play a game of Call Of Cthulhu
Since 1981 people have been playing Chaosium’s Call Of Cthulhu Role Playing Game – it has become the definitive horror RPG, and frankly I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening than deep into a 1920′s setting, battling the horrors of Lovecrafts Mythos. If you are looking for a particular scenario to run or play then you could do a lot worse than to pick up one (or all) of Goodman Games “Age Of Cthulhu” games.
“Set throughout the globe and torn from the pages of the hidden history of the world, Age of Cthulhu adventures bring new secrets and mind-bending horrors to your 1920′s Call of Cthulhu game. Each adventure comes with copious player handouts, detailed maps, and pre-generated investigators ready to risk their lives and their sanity to confront the horrors of an uncaring universe“.
In honor of Lovecraft’s birthday Goodman Games are offering the entire range of Age Of Cthlhu PDF’s at 25% off of their full retail price. Check them out here, I think they are some of the best materials around for Call Of Cthulhu.
2. Check out the Cthulhu Mythos Sales
I hate sounding like nothing but an advert for the Onebookshelf marketplaces, but if you like RPG’s then you can’t ignore the fact that they have changed the way we buy our games and have probably done more to keep our industry alive than anyone else. But that’s a debate for another day, all you need to know is that for the next few days you can indulge in Cthlhu Mythos sales at DriveThruRPG, DriveThruFiction and DriveThruComics.
3. Lots to see on Cthulhu’Tube
Well actually I mean YouTube, but there are no shortage of really cool Cthulhu Mythos clips to be found. My favorites are and will probably always be the “Calls For Cthulhu” series. Check out the available episodes here, or click below to watch my personal favorite – Episode 1.
4. Watch a movie
For sure there are some awful adaptations of Lovecraft stories into film, but there are also some fantastic ones and more importantly there are some movies that are inspired by and just would not exist if it wasn’t for the influence of Lovecraft’s tales. My personal favorites are clearly the Reanimator films starring Jeffery Coombes, (see the trailer for the 1985 classic below), but for greater and wider inspiration check out “MIKE DAVIS’ LIST OF RECOMMENDED LOVECRAFTIAN MOVIES” over at The Lovecraft eZine.
5. Read a book!
I’m always staggered by my CoC players who actually haven’t read any of Lovecraft’s books. So treat yourself and read some of his works. If you have an e-reader (Kindle, Nook etc) then treat yourself for free and visit Cthulhu Chick’s blog and download her fantastic “The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft” which contains all of the original stories which Lovecraft wrote as an adult. It begins in 1917 with “The Tomb” and ends in 1935 with his last original work “The Haunter of the Dark”.
It is a great piece of work and to make it available in this way I think is a truly kind spirited thing as I am certain it was no small effort. If you like it, then you could always consider hitting the button on the page to make a donation.