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 once again 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. However the Lovecraftian mythos has spilled over to so much more than the roaring twenties and if you are looking for something a little different then you could do a lot worse than to pick up something from Modiphius’ Achtung Cthulhu range of titles.
“In the Achtung! Cthulhu universe, a band of Allied heroes fight the Secret War against the Nazi Black Sun and their rivals Nachtwolfe. Powered with ancient secrets and terrible Mythos allies, Black Sun and Nachtwolfe are on the verge of unleashing terrible weapons upon the Allied forces.”
To celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the master of the macabre, we’re having a Lovecraft Lives sale with a massive 20% discount on all Achtung! Cthulhu titles!
To claim your 20% discount, just the use the code LovecraftLives when you checkout. You can only use the discount once and the sale lasts for a limited time, so make sure you get in early and celebrate HP Lovecraft’s birthday with a whole new world of adventure!
2. Check out the Cthulhu Mythos PDFs available online
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 there is a mountain of material to indulge in related to the Cthulhu Mythos 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.