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CoversThere’s a traveling man the Carolina mountain folk call Silver John for the silver strings strung on his guitar. In his wanderings John encounters a parade of benighted forest creatures, mountain spirits, and shapeless horrors from the void of history with only his enduring spirit, playful wit, and the magic of his guitar to preserve him. Manly Wade Wellman’s Silver John is one of the most beloved figures in fantasy, a true American folk hero of the literary age.

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. In this episode, we are joined by author Michael Curtis as we examine the stories that inspired an entire setting and boxed set for DCC RPG, and a legendary piece of Appendix N literature. There is so much to discuss that our format was literally bursting at the seams and so we present the episode with 10 extra minutes of content!


In addition, we have bonus content to bring to your game: patrons, classes, and so much more…after the jump.

Dark Acquisitions

There is a great deal of new material to bring to the table based on this story. Below is a list, by category and author, of what has been added to the Dark Acquisitions page by the Keepers of Mysteries, based on this show. Further contributions from friends of the library will also be found there as they arrive.

Character Classes
Half Giant – David Baity

Magic Items
Demon Stones – Bob Brinkman
Enchanted Cane – Bob Brinkman
Finding Light – Bob Brinkman

Bammat – Bob Brinkman
Becky Til Hoppard – Jen Brinkman
Behinder – Bob Brinkman
Hoppard Kin – Jen Brinkman

The Fiddler – Bob Brinkman

The Stacks

Appendix N
Who Fears the Devil? by Manly Wade Wellman

Additional Reading
Pow-wows; or Long Lost Friend by John George Hohman

Additional Viewing
The Legend of Hillbilly John

The 7th Pit of Sezrekan by Harley Stroh
Blades Against Death by Harley Stroh
The Chained Coffin by Michael Curtis
The Grave Pool (In Tales of the Shudder Mountains vol. 1) by Michael Curtis
Into the Demon Idol by Jobe Bittman
Jewels of the Carnifex by Harley Stroh
Lair of the Mist Men by Jon Maar
Moonricket Bridge (In Tales of the Shudder Mountains vol. 1) by Michael Curtis
The Old Gods Return by Michael Curtis
Prince Charming, Reanimator by Daniel J. Bishop
Tales of the Shudder Mountains by Michael Curtis
Theater of the Hammed by Clint Bohaty
The Witch-man of Darkweather Mountain (In Tales of the Shudder Mountains vol. 1) by Michael Curtis
The Woeful Caves Under Yander Mountain by Michael Curtis

Gary Con

Art of the Field Recording Vol I (Boxed Set) by Various Artists
The Devil (Song of the Defy) by Hoyt Axton
Little Black Train by Woody Guthrie
Lonesome Water by Joe Bethancourt
Nine Yards of Other Cloth by Joe Bethancourt
Shake that Little Foot (album) by Shake that Little Foot
Silver John by Joe Bethancourt
Thunder’n Lightnin’ by Hoyt Axton
Vandy, Vandy by Edward Motter-Vlahakos

Music Archives
Alan Lomax Archive
Alan Lomax – Banjo
Alan Lomax – Bluegrass
Alan Lomax – Jugband
Alan Lomax – Smith, Hobart

Alan Lomax – Alabama
Alan Lomax – Georgia
Alan Lomax – Kentucky
Alan Lomax – Mississippi
Alan Lomax – New York
Alan Lomax – Tennessee

Alan Lomax – North Carolina
Alan Lomax – Virginia
Alan Lomax – West Virginia

Spotify Lists

Thanks to

The ambient background of the Sanctum Secorum was created using Horror Ambiance from Klankbeeld.
Sanctum Secorum’s theme music was created using Seating Incantation by Landmark Entertainment.