Our friends Valentine Wolfe and Egregore Design are collaborating on an upcoming multimedia project titled The Elegiac Repose.
One of the areas I plan on branching into are what Edgar Allan Poe called “tales of ratiocination” — what we’d commonly call “detective stories” today. Looking back, it’s unusual … Continue reading Trailer: Murder on the Orient Express
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.
Even though it has been on my radar for years, I have not read Caleb Carr’s acclaimed crime novel The Alienist. Nevertheless, TNT’s upcoming television adaptation looks spectacular. I couldn’t … Continue reading Trailer: The Alienist
Great Big Story ran this video, “Sounds of the Nightmare Machine,” the other day and I think it will be of interest to you all. I don’t have a lot to add … Continue reading The Apprehension Engine
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:
I’m not trying to kick you while you’re down because I didn’t hate the new MUMMY movie. But I know that the critical drubbing and reports of a massive write-off has to hurt.
So if you decide that a course correction is already in order, I’d like to suggest putting Matt Reeves and Andy Serkis in charge. Matt Reeves took a dodgy idea — remaking Let the Right One In — and made a high quality film. Andy Serkis, of course, is the master of performance capture acting.
But it’s their combined talents on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes that demonstrates that these two “get” creatures. While Serkis’ Caesar is not a monster, he embodies much of what made the original Universal monsters great. He’s sympathetic, but increasingly pushed to a breaking point. Reeves can pull off character moments without skimping on the “blockbuster” elements.
These are qualities that the planned Dark Universe needs. Imagine how great Serkis would be as the Gill-Man, for example. While you’re at it, throw Doug Jones in the mix. I don’t know if these guys are available or even interested, but hopefully it’s something to think about.
Still hoping for the best from your endeavors,