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Where did the inspirations for this AP come from? Well...(spoilers book 1-4)


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Some of my players haven't read a great deal of Lovecraft, so I gave them a link to a bunch of Lovecraft to read so that they could brush up if they wanted to. I was going to just post links to the stories that contain things I've actually seen show up in the AP so far, but I discovered that there were too many stories for me to list in the quick post I was making for my players. So, both for my amusement and the possibility someone else may want it, here is a list of Lovecraft stories and what from them is in the AP.

At the Mountains of Madness - Elder Things, The Thrushmoore Terror - Shoggoth, The Whisper Out of Time.
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath - Gugs, Ghouls, Zoogs and the Enchanted Woods, The Bloodwind, Denizens of Leng, Moon-Beasts - Dreams of The Yellow King - Pretty much everything in Dreams of The Yellow King.
Beyond the Wall of Sleep - Zandalus, In Search of Sanity.
The Doom that Came to Sarnath - Sarnath and the doom that comes to it, Dreams of The Yellow King.
Celephaïs - Celephais, Dreams of The Yellow King.
The Nameless City - Abdul Alhazred The Mad Poet and the Necronomicron, Dreams of The Yellow King.
The Music of Erich Zann - Viol found by the furnace, In Search of Sanity.
Pickman's Model - Leng Ghouls, Dreams of The Yellow King.
The Dunwich Horror - Spawn of Yog-Sothoth, The Whisper Out of Time.
The Shadow Over Innsmouth - Skum, The Thrushmoore Terror.
The Dreams in the Witch House - Ratlings, In Search of Sanity - Elder Things, The Thrushmoore Terror.
The Shadow Out of Time - Yithians and flying polyps, throughout the AP.

Those are all the definite references, though there are many more throughout other Lovecraft stories, such as more references to the Necronomicron and the Mad Poet, references to Shub-Niggurath, possibly the origins of Xhamen-Dor, plus more asylums than you can shake a stick at.

Then there are the Lovecraftian stories that weren't written by Lovecraft himself, but by his friends and contemporaries:

The King in Yellow (Robert W. Chambers)- Carcosa, In Search of Sanity and The Thrushmoore Terror, The Yellow Sign and Keeper of the Yellow Sign, The Thrushmoore Terror, and Hastur, throughout the AP.
The Shambler from the Stars (Robert Bloch) - Star Vampire, The Thrushmoore Terror.
The Hounds of Tindalos (Frank Belknap Long) - Hounds of Tindalos, The Thrushmoore Terror and The Whisper Out of Time.

So obviously, Strange Aeons is Lovecraftian as %$&*. But I'm pretty sure I missed some! Anyone else know of where some of the things we see in this AP come from?

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Thanks 'Sani. Here they are again, with links...

Beyond the Wall of Sleep- Zandalus, In Search of Sanity.
The Music of Erich Zann - Viol found by the furnace, In Search of Sanity.
The King in Yellow (Robert W. Chambers)- Carcosa, In Search of Sanity and The Thrushmoore Terror, The Yellow Sign and Keeper of the Yellow Sign, The Thrushmoore Terror, and Hastur, throughout the AP.

At the Mountains of Madness - Elder Things, The Thrushmoore Terror - Shoggoth, The Whisper Out of Time.
The Shadow Over Innsmouth - Skum, The Thrushmoore Terror.
The Dreams in the Witch House - Ratlings, In Search of Sanity - Elder Things, The Thrushmoore Terror.
The Shambler from the Stars (Robert Bloch) - Star Vampire, The Thrushmoore Terror (at YouTube).
The Hounds of Tindalos (Frank Belknap Long) - Hounds of Tindalos, The Thrushmoore Terror and The Whisper Out of Time.

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath - Gugs, Ghouls, Zoogs and the Enchanted Woods, The Bloodwind, Denizens of Leng, Moon-Beasts - Dreams of The Yellow King - Pretty much everything in Dreams of The Yellow King.
The Doom that Came to Sarnath - Sarnath and the doom that comes to it, Dreams of The Yellow King.
Celephaïs - Celephais, Dreams of The Yellow King.
The Nameless City - Abdul Alhazred The Mad Poet and the Necronomicron, Dreams of The Yellow King.
Pickman's Model - Leng Ghouls, Dreams of The Yellow King.

The Dunwich Horror - Spawn of Yog-Sothoth, The Whisper Out of Time.
The Shadow Out of Time - Yithians and flying polyps, throughout the AP.

Those are all the definite references, though there are many more throughout other Lovecraft stories, such as more references to the Necronomicron and the Mad Poet, references to Shub-Niggurath, possibly the origins of Xhamen-Dor, plus more asylums than you can shake a stick at.

Then there are the Lovecraftian stories that weren't written by Lovecraft himself, but by his friends and contemporaries. These are marked with the author in parenthesis.

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Xhamen-Dor is a great old one I invented back in high school in 1988 or thereabouts for a short story I wrote for English class, and then expanded on in a sequel to said story in a college creative writing class.

The original short story was VERY much inspired by "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" by Lovecraft, but also by William Hope Hogdson's "The Voice in the Night" and Stephen King's "It."

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Neat!


James Jacobs wrote:

Xhamen-Dor is a great old one I invented back in high school in 1988 or thereabouts for a short story I wrote for English class, and then expanded on in a sequel to said story in a college creative writing class.

The original short story was VERY much inspired by "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" by Lovecraft, but also by William Hope Hogdson's "The Voice in the Night" and Stephen King's "It."

That's awesome! Any chance of us reading those?

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RH wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:

Xhamen-Dor is a great old one I invented back in high school in 1988 or thereabouts for a short story I wrote for English class, and then expanded on in a sequel to said story in a college creative writing class.

The original short story was VERY much inspired by "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" by Lovecraft, but also by William Hope Hogdson's "The Voice in the Night" and Stephen King's "It."

That's awesome! Any chance of us reading those?

They're not public at this time. I've been on and off toying with an idea of gathering the short stories I've written over the years into some sort of self-published anthology or shopping it around for publication or something, but that's something I've been thinking about doing for my whole adult life and I've not yet gotten the courage or self-confidence or time to go forward with pursuing that yet. Hopefully some day that'll change.

But before that DOES change, I'll need to go through all those stories once more and revise them so that they reflect what I've learned about writing in the 30 years in some cases since I wrote the original.

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James Jacobs wrote:

/snip/

They're not public at this time. I've been on and off toying with an idea of gathering the short stories I've written over the years into some sort of self-published anthology or shopping it around for publication or something, but that's something I've been thinking about doing for my whole adult life and I've not yet gotten the courage or self-confidence or time to go forward with pursuing that yet. Hopefully some day that'll change.

But before that DOES change, I'll need to go through all those stories once more and revise them so that they reflect what I've learned about writing in the 30 years in some cases since I wrote the original.

Well, you have a person ready to buy the dreamed-about book. I would love too see it in print/electrons.

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