Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Work and Influences of H. P. Lovecraft

In Daniel Harms “The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia” Harms includes a pretty through bibliography with works that he picked through to write his text. Within this appendix he includes several authors that were before H.P. Lovecraft’s time, Lovecraft being born 1890, the following authors wouldn’t have been Lovecraft’s contemporaries. 

There a few texts that were written during the time of Lovecraft’s writings, however the majority were written when Lovecraft was still a wee lad. I cannot say that I have read all that many of these titles and getting my hands on some of these titles is going to be bit of challenge. 

Ambrose Bierce: “The Death of Halpin Trayser” (1893), “Haita the Shephard” (1893), “An Inhabitant of Carcosa” (1891). “The Man and the Snake” (1891).

Robert Chambers: “In the Court of the Dragon” (1895), “The Maker of Moons” (1895), “The Repairer of Reputations” (1895), “The Silent Land” (1896), “The Slayer of Souls” (1920). “The Yellow Sign” (1895).

Arthur Macken: “The Novel of the Black Seal” (1895), “The Great God Pan” (1894), “The White People” (1910)

Edgar Allen Poe: “The Narrative of A Gordon Pym of Nantucket” (1838), “Ulalume” (1847)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia

“ANTARKTOA, MOUNT. Mountain located near the South Pole, beneath which dwells the Great Old One Gol-goroth.
    See Gol-goroth(“The Fishers from Outside”, Carter; “Antarktos”, Lovecraft (O))”

Daniel Harms’, The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia, page 8

The Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia is a comprehensive collection of the Cthulhu Mythos. The newly revised edition lists the occurrences of the places, and the things that are mentioned by, not just Lovecraft, but also by those authors who picked up on Lovecraft’s objects and themes and carried them further down the road, in their own ways, adding to the Cthulhu Mythos.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Keep Your Signs and Your Shrouds to Yourself

Tressa Norne (Nan-yang Maru): "I saw the sign of Yu-lao in fire floating in the day-sky. I saw his spectral moon rise and vanish in mid-heaven. I understood. But——" And here she suddenly showed an edge of teeth under the full scarlet upper lip: "Keep your signs and your shrouds to yourself, dog of a Yezidee!—toad!—tortoise-egg!—he-goat with three legs! Keep your threats and your messages to yourself! Keep your accursed magic to yourself! Do you think to frighten me with your sorcery by showing me the Moons of Yu-lao?—by opening a bolted door? I know more of such magic than do you, Sanang—Death Adder of Alamout!"

Chapter I The Yezidee, The Slayer of Souls, Robert W. Chambers

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

3D Print-An Update

I picked up my 3D print the other day and gently snapped the parts from the raft. All the parts came off cleanly with the exception of one part, the lower torso section. This part was not formed all that well. Well, I suppose that you will have this. Perhaps I should have checked the STL for errors before I printed it. If nothing else it was a learning experience. The process is very fascinating and I will try another print very soon.

The Saghalien

"And here, in the brilliant moonlight of the China Sea, she (Nan-yang Maru) curled up cross-legged on the deck, all alone, and sounded the four futile strings of her moon-lute, and hummed to herself, in a still voice, old songs she had sung in Yian before the tragedy. She sang the tent-song called Tchinguiz. She sang Camel Bells and The Blue Bazaar,—children's songs of the Yiort. She sang the ancient Khiounnou song called "The Saghalien":
I
'In the month of Saffar Among the river-reeds I saw two horsemen Sitting on their steeds. Tulugum! Heitulum! By the river-reeds.

II
In the month of Saffar A demon guards the ford. Tokhta, my Lover! Draw your shining sword! Tulugum! Heitulum! Slay him with your sword!

III
In the month of Saffar Among the water-weeds I saw two horsemen Fighting on their steeds. Tulugum! Heitulum! How my lover leeds!

IV
In the month of Saffar, The Year I should have wed— The Year of The Panther— My lover lay dead,— Tulugum! Heitulum! Dead without a head. '"

Chapter I The Yezidee, The Slayer of Souls, Robert W. Chambers

Monday, September 19, 2016

My Frist 3D Print

It weighs 16.9 grams, cost me $3.38, and is being printed as I write this. If all works out; it won’t be such a bad price for a unique model of a robot. I found the STL file on Thingiverse. What caught my eye was that the robot comes on a sprue and will have to be assembled.

Monopoly Deal Card Game

The box measures 3.75 by 5.75 inches and contains two stacks of cards for a total of 110 cards, a detailed rule sheet, and an exclusive robot token. The cards are slightly smaller than a normally sized playing card. Within the mix there are four rules cards, 28 property cards, 11 property wild cards, 34 action, 13 rent, and 20 money cards.

Set up as follows: remove the 4 rule cards and pass them out for reference, shuffle the remaining cards and deal 5 cards to each person. You are look at your cards, but are to keep what you have in hand secret until you are ready to play them. Put the remaining cards face-down in the center to create a draw pile. Decide you will go first and continue clockwise.

To play, first pick 2 cards, play up to 3 of your cards in anyone combination of 3 ways:

  1. Put money or action cards in your bank
  2. Put down properties into your collection
  3. Play action cards (action cards are used to charge rent, swap cards, demand birthday money, ETC.)

You don’t have to play any cards if you don’t want to. The player to collect 3 full property sets in different colors wins.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Priceless Dagger

When I first laid my eyes on this beauty I knew that I had to process it. It was imported from China and is made of only the finest materials, at least that is what the sword dealer told me. He said that I wouldn’t find a finer dagger anywhere for any price.

What really drew me to this piece was its realistic contrasting color scheme. It is sure to look perfect in the display case I am having built especially for the piece.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Other Risk Editions

I have been playing Risk for thirty-five years. Once you have played Risk as many times as I have you tire of it and look for other alternatives. You look for something with a different twist and some sophistication.

Other than the French and Brazilian editions, there are fifteen or so licensed editions of Risk. Well there are separate lists of Risk versions and editions. One list the fifteen while the other lists 26 different versions and editions.

Lately I have been researching three other editions of Risk for possible purchases. They are: Risk Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition, Risk Godstorm Edition, and the Risk 2210 A.D. Edition. In addition to these three licensed editions there are a few expansions that look rather interesting.

Friday, September 16, 2016

A Set of Four, Set Nine


Egyptian Chariot
Source: Age of Mythology, Egyptian
Size: 30mm




Classical Norse Hero
Source: Age of Mythology, Norse
Size: 30mm




Huskarl
Source: Age of Mythology, Norse
Size: 30mm




Throwing Axeman
Source: Age of Mythology, Norse
Size: 30mm

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Six Gates of Joyful Wisdom

Before my horrified gaze four huge rats came tumbling out from the bag into the cage! The dacoit snatched away the sack and snapped the shutter fast. A moving mist obscured my sight, a mist through which I saw the green eyes of Dr. Fu-Manchu fixed upon me, and through which, as from a great distance, his voice, sunk to a snake-like hiss, came to my ears.

"Cantonese rats, Dr. Petrie, the most ravenous in the world... they have eaten nothing for nearly a week!"

Then all became blurred as though a painter with a brush steeped in red had smudged out the details of the picture. For an indefinite period, which seemed like many minutes yet probably was only a few seconds, I saw nothing and heard nothing; my sensory nerves were dulled entirely. From this state I was awakened and brought back to the realities by a sound which ever afterward I was doomed to associate with that ghastly scene.

This was the squealing of the rats.

The red mist seemed to disperse at that, and with frightfully intense interest, I began to study the awful torture to which Nayland Smith was being subjected. The dacoit had disappeared, and Fu-Manchu placidly was watching the four lean and hideous animals in the cage. As I also turned my eyes in that direction, the rats overcame their temporary fear, and began...

"You have been good enough to notice," said the Chinaman, his voice still sunk in that sibilant whisper, "my partiality for dumb allies. You have met my scorpions, my death-adders, my baboon-man. The uses of such a playful little animal as a marmoset have never been fully appreciated before, I think, but to an indiscretion of this last-named pet of mine, I seem to remember that you owed something in the past, Dr. Petrie..."

Nayland Smith stifled a deep groan. One rapid glance I ventured at his face. It was a grayish hue, now, and dank with perspiration. His gaze met mine.

The rats had almost ceased squealing.

"Much depends upon yourself, Doctor," continued Fu-Manchu, slightly raising his voice. "I credit Mr. Commissioner Nayland Smith with courage high enough to sustain the raising of all the gates; but I estimate the strength of your friendship highly, also, and predict that you will use the sword of the samurai certainly not later than the time when I shall raise the third gate...."

A low shuddering sound, which I cannot hope to describe, but alas I can never forget, broke from the lips of the tortured man.

"In China," resumed Fu-Manchu, "we call this quaint fancy the Six Gates of joyful Wisdom. The first gate, by which the rats are admitted, is called the Gate of joyous Hope; the second, the Gate of Mirthful Doubt. The third gate is poetically named, the Gate of True Rapture, and the fourth, the Gate of Gentle Sorrow. I once was honored in the friendship of an exalted mandarin who sustained the course of joyful Wisdom to the raising of the Fifth Gate (called the Gate of Sweet Desires) and the admission of the twentieth rat. I esteem him almost equally with my ancestors. The Sixth, or Gate Celestial—whereby a man enters into the joy of Complete Understanding—I have dispensed with, here, substituting a Japanese fancy of an antiquity nearly as great and honorable. The introduction of this element of speculation, I count a happy thought, and accordingly take pride to myself.

Chapter 29, The Return of Dr. FU-Manchu, Sax Rohmer

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Ghoulish Dr. Fu-Manchu-Evil Incarnate

"In the high-backed chair sat Dr. Fu-Manchu, wearing a green robe upon which was embroidered a design, the subject of which at first glance was not perceptible, but which presently I made out to be a huge white peacock. He wore a little cap perched upon the dome of his amazing skull, and with one clawish hand resting upon the ebony of the table, he sat slightly turned toward me, his emotionless face a mask of incredible evil. In spite of, or because of, the high intellect written upon it, the face of Dr. Fu-Manchu was more utterly repellent than any I have ever known, and the green eyes, eyes green as those of a cat in the darkness, which sometimes burned like witch lamps, and sometimes were horribly filmed like nothing human or imaginable, might have mirrored not a soul, but an emanation of hell, incarnate in this gaunt, high-shouldered body.

Always underlying the deliberate calm of the speaker, sometimes showing itself in an unusually deep guttural, sometimes in an unusually serpentine sibilance, lurked the frenzy of hatred which in the past had revealed itself occasionally in wild outbursts.

I glanced toward Fu-Manchu. He was watching Nayland Smith, and revealing his irregular yellow teeth—the teeth of an opium smoker—in the awful mirthless smile which I knew.

'God!" whispered Smith—"the Six Gates!'

'The knowledge of my beautiful country serves you well," replied Fu-Manchu gently.'"

Chapter 28, The Return of Dr. FU-Manchu, Sax Rohmer

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Descent Journeys in the Dark – Barghest

The miniature stands 30mm tall and is 45mm long and is made of a hard plastic; polyethylene? The Barghest, otherwise known as “yeth-hounds," "black dogs “or” barghests" are monsters found in the Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) base game. Barghests are feared throughout Terrinoth; once the barghest has the scent of their prey, they don't stop hunting until it is dead or they are killed.

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Curious Footnotes of Philip Jose Farmer

The Official Philip José Farmer Home Page

Although Philip Jose Farmer used many footnotes in his The Other Log of Philieas Fogg I have decided to ferret a few of these out and see where they end up. Are they fictitious or will they have some landing place? Once I ascertain whether they have some validity the next question: have they been manufactured for this novel as I suspect of some of resource materials or are they genuine articles?


31 A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystake
32 The Mask of Fu-Manchu, Shan Greville
    Pretty Sinister Books
34Wold Cottage Website (broken link)
41 Myths for the Modern Age, Philip Jose Farmer (out of print)
42A Kick in the Side, Christopher Paul Carey; (out of print)
   Is He in Hell, Win Scott; (podcast)
   Kwasin and the Bear God, Philip Jose Farmer & Paul Carey (still available)
   Interesting rabbit trail; maps of Khokara
   The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer, volumes 1 & 2 (out of print?);
   Of Dust and Soul, Michael Croteau; Croteau is listed here as what I presumed to be the author however, Croteau is listed as the editor. (this is a foot note for the footnote numbered 42)
46“The Conundrums of Kichaha”, Farmerphile: The Magazine of P. J. Farmer, #7
(a couple issues are still available, but not issue #7 )
47“The Stars are but Reflections”, The Wold Newton Universe: A Secret History, Denis E. Powers; This is a reference page I was led to: Articles Alphabetical by Author


It seems, for the most part, these footnotes are to other resources that this story finds itself interwoven into. The exercise spawned more questions than answers; however, the endeavor did reveal additional bits of Famer lore and other interesting Farmer resources. See, for instance: Aliens Among Us!, The Thoan

...

Project Gutenberg offers three of Farmers stories as electronic texts in various formats. The three texts include Farmer’s The Green Odyssey and Rastignac the Devil, both short novels and Farmers They Twinkled Like Jewels a short story.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Coming Horror and the Wrath of Heaven

"Coming as they did, horror and the wrath of heaven together, suddenly, crashingly, black and angry after the fairness of the day, these happenings and their setting must have terrorized the stoutest heart; but somehow I seemed detached, as I have said, and set apart from the whirl of events; a spectator. Even when a vague yellow light crept across the room from the direction of the door, and flickered unsteadily on the bed, I remained unmoved to a certain degree, although passively alive to the significance of the incident. I realized that the ultimate issue was at hand, but either because I was emotionally exhausted, or from some other cause, the pending climax failed to disturb me."

Chapter 23, The Return of Dr. FU-Manchu, Sax Rohmer

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Another Kraken Rule

Image of the Kraken from Wikipedia Commons

This Kraken rule comes from Precis Intermedia’s: S & S Monsters. “An assortment of monsters for pulp-fantasy games.”

“The Kraken has a lamprey-like mouth and 4 tentacles which it uses to handle its prey. These tentacles are 5 yards long apiece, and can be used for a special ‘grapple’ attacks.” Although this takes one combat action each tentacle can attack a separate target. That is four targets for the price of one, if I am interpreting the rule correctly.

 

Mind

Reflexes

Move

Resist

Damage

Size

Kraken

14

14

10 yards/sec.

12

17(bite)

Huge


Friday, September 9, 2016

Descent Journeys in The Dark - Zombie

This zombie stands approximately 33mm, is cast in a hard plastic and acts that part of either a master or a minion in the Descent Journeys in The Dark board game. The zombies of this game have three abilities: shambling, grabbing, and spreading disease. (“If this attack deals at least 1 Heart (after the defense roll), the target is diseased.”)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

D&D Castle Ravenloft- Undead Zombie

This hard plastic zombie miniature stands approximately 30mm tall and is one of the many miniatures included in Wizards of the Coast, Dungeons & Dragons, Castle Ravenloft, board game.

This is one ghoulish looking character: “If the zombie is within 1 tile of a Hero, it moves adjacent to the closest Hero and attacks that Hero with a rotting fist.”

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Alchemy at the Glastonbury Abbey

"Your practical mind naturally seeks a practical explanation," smiled Van Roon, "but I myself have other theories. Then in addition to the charms of Sedgemoor—haunted Sedgemoor—on a fine day it is quite possible to see the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey from here; and Glastonbury Abbey, as you may know, is closely bound up with the history of alchemy. It was in the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey that the adept Kelly, companion of Dr. Dee, discovered, in the reign of Elizabeth, the famous caskets of St. Dunstan, containing the two tinctures..."

So he ran on, enumerating the odd charms of his residence, charms which for my part I did not find appealing.

With my heart thumping furiously in my breast, I bent over him; and for the second time since our coming to Cragmire Tower, my thoughts flew to "The Fenman:"

There are shades in the fen; ghosts of women and men
Who have sinned and have died, but are living again.
O'er the waters they tread, with their lanterns of dread,
And they peer in the pools—in the pools of the dead...

Chapter 22, The Return of Dr. FU-Manchu, Sax Rohmer

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Highway Miniatures 1940 Ford Standard Sedan

Here is another Highway Miniatures polystyrene model vehicle in 1/87 scale. There are two sprues with a set of delicate parts that include a clear window insert and a detailed engine. Including an engine indicates that the model can be modeled with the hood up or closed. I will be modeling this model with its hood up and with someone peering in to see what the problem might be. “FORD-fix-or-repair-daily”.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Greg’s Garage’s 1942 Nash in 1/87 Scale

This 1/87 scale model of depicts a Nash 42 Ambassador Eight. Greg’s Garage, at one time, cast a verity 1/87 scale vehicles in a clear dark clear resin. These casts have crisp lines and are full of detail, which will take a fine brush and a very steady hand to paint.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Disembodied Spirits

"This is a ghost hunter's paradise. The tower itself is of unknown origin, though probably Phoenician, and the house traditionally sheltered Dr. Macleod, the necromancer, after his flight from the persecution of James of Scotland. Then, to add to its interest, it borders on Sedgemoor, the scene of the bloody battle during the Monmouth rising, whereat a thousand were slain on the field. It is a local legend that the unhappy Duke and his staff may be seen, on stormy nights, crossing the path which skirts the mire, after which this building is named, with flaming torches held aloft."

Chapter 22, The Return of Dr. FU-Manchu, Sax Rohmer

Saturday, September 3, 2016

My 1000th Post-Shadow of the Wolf

“Communiqué authorized by Mr., Duff Cooper, British Minister of Information, and issued from 10 Downing Street on the night of May 12-13, 1941:

Rudolf Hess, the Deputy Fuhrer of Germany and Party Leader of the National Socialist Party, has landed in Scotland in the following circumstances.

On the night of Saturday the 10th inst., a Messerschmitt 110 was reported by one of our patrols to have crossed the coast of Scotland and to flying in the direction of Glasgow.

Since a Me. 110 would not have to fuel to return the Germany this report was first disbelieved.

However, later on, and Me. 110 crashed near Glasgow, with its guns removed. Shortly afterward, a German officer who had bailed out was found with his parachute in the neighborhood suffering from a broken ankle.

He was taken to hospital, where he at first gave his name as Horn, but later declared that he was Rudolf Hess.’ ”

Shadow of the Wolf, James Barwick

When Rudolf Hess hit the ground after bailing out of the Me. 110 he broke his ankle and he gave Captain Horn his locked attaché case with orders to deliver the contents to a General Walker, an American army officer.

The contents were never delivered to the general, but instead landed in the lap of Franklin Roosevelt. Its contents, at first, a secret to Captain Horn were to bring an end to the war and revealed Germany’s plan to attack Russian and Japans plans to attack Pearl Harbor.




I remember making my first post back in February of 2013, who would have thought I would be making my 1000th post almost two and half years later on this day. It is hard for me to imagine that I have actually made that many posts.

I must thank my fellow bloggers for giving me the inspiration to carry on. Special thanks go out to Hugh Walter and his Small Scale World. Hugh is always making posts on his latest extraordinary finds of just about everything plastic. And I mean just about everything that is small, plastic and irresistible.

Friday, September 2, 2016

My Late Summer and Early Fall Reading List

My tablets power cord's cable parted at the adapter end and I haven't been able to read off my pad for a good week or so. Instead I was forced to pick a couple unread books off my book shelf. See the last two titles below for my choices.

  • Danger! And other Stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 2
  • Sea Stories
  • Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska, Charles Warren Stoddard
  • The Green Mouse, Robert W. Chambers
  • Bat Wing, Sax Rohmer
  • Green Eyes of Bast, Sax Rohmer
  • The Riddle of the Sands, Robert Erskine Childers
  • The Young Fur Traders, R M Ballantyne
  • Shadow of the Wolf, James Barwick (paper back-"hard copy")
    I found this paper back coy at a book sale and it wasn't in very good shape. I typically do not purchase books unless there in very good condition, however, after reading the forward and the first few pages of this WWII alternative history novel, I was sold. It was one of those books that I had a hard time putting down.
  • Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain (hard copy)
  • The Green Odyssey, Philip Jose Farmer
  • Rastignac the Devil, Philip Jose Farmer
  • They Twinkled Like Jewels , Philip Jose Farmer

Post 999

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Chapter 21 Cragmire Tower

I hope you are not tiring of my Fu-Manchu quotes for I do have a few more to publish from this volume, The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu. Welcome to September. This is my 998th post.

"But not a sound broke the stillness save a remote murmuring, until a solitary sea gull rose in the air and circled directly over the tower, uttering its mournful and unmusical cry. Automatically to my mind sprang the lines of the poem:

Far from all brother-men, in the weird of the fen,
With God's creatures I bide, 'mid the birds that I ken;
Where the winds ever dree, where the hymn of the sea
Brings a message of peace from the ocean to me. "

"The Fenman", Sax Rohmer