Dreadpunk Detours: Alcatraz East Crime Museum

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This post is a bit tangential to the rest of this website, but I suspect that some of you might be interested in Alcatraz East Crime Museum. I’m in Pigeon Forge, TN every couple of months, and I’m still not sure how I missed a fortress with the words “CRIME MUSEUM” emblazoned on the front. You’d think that would be a beacon, but missed it I did. I stumbled across its existence online, and knew right away that I had to visit.

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Interview: Ghastly Affair’s Daniel James Hanley

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Art by Stacey Kaelin

Although I haven’t been an active gamer in years, I’ve maintained an interest in role-playing game world-building. What intrigued me about Ghastly Affair — The Gothic Game of Romantic Horror was its pre-Victorian setting. While my personal tastes run more towards the era of Stoker and Stevenson, it was cool to see a game that embraced the roots of Gothic literature.

What follows is an interview with writer and designer Daniel James Hanley where he discusses his interest in Gothic fiction and how it relates to RPGs. Even if you aren’t interested in gaming, I recommend checking out his website Engine of Oracles. It’s loaded with facts and trivia that might be of special interest to new authors looking to explore the Gothic genre.

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Interview: Bedlam Hall’s David Kizzia

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Art by Michael Tuck

I’ve always loved Ravenloft and Vampire: The Masquerade, so it’s neat seeing the term “dreadpunk” popping up in the gaming world. A couple of months ago, a friend pointed me to a Kickstarter for Bedlam Hall, a game that was proudly flying the dreadpunk flag.

But as cool as it is to see the term being used by people I don’t know (i.e. “people not humoring me”), it’s even cooler when they pick up on the humor. And it looks like Bedlam Hall taps right into that.

Writer David Kizzia reached out to me a while back, and took some time out to answer some questions about his upcoming game:

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Dreadpunk: The Playlist

A couple of weeks ago I came up with a playlist of mood music including selections from movie and television scores, Nox Arcana, and, of course, dreadpunk’s house band Valentine Wolfe. 3+ hours of creepy musical goodness!