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Episode #09 CoversH. P. Lovecraft was a master of pulp horror and, love him or hate him, his influence on modern culture cannot be ignored. Name-dropped by such authors as Stephen King and Robert Bloch; referenced on such television programs as The Night Gallery, The Venture Brothers, and Supernatural; and influential in comics such as Bat-Man (yes, Arkham Asylum really was a nod to Lovecraft) Lovecraft’s reach is long indeed. His communication and collaboration with other greats such as Robert E Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, and the rest of the “Lovecraft Circle” have shaped fantasy and horror for generations.

Tonight we merely skim the surface, discussing two of Lovecraft’s works, delving into the squamous side of things we discuss Dagon and The Shadow Over Innsmouth.


Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. In this episode we examine two of the works by Appendix N author, and literary legend, H. P. Lovecraft and match them up with The Portsmouth Mermaid from Daniel J. Bishop and Purple Duck Games.

In addition, we have bonus content to bring to your game: magic items, weapons, 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. Indeed, this is a special moment as with the release of this episode’s companion we surpass 100 items of content released to the DCC community from Audios to NPCs, Monsters to Weapons, and Classes to Patrons. In honor of this landmark, our one hundred and first item is our first adventure penned by David Baity!

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 Backgrounds
Born of the Old Ones Daniel J. Bishop

Character Classes
Deep One Hybrid Bob Brinkman

Featured Adventure
Escape from Innsmouth David Baity
Additional Content Bob Brinkman

Magic Items
Crown of Dagon Bob Brinkman
The Monolith – Bob Brinkman

Barbed MaceBob Brinkman
Hooked NetBob Brinkman
Shell-headed Club Bob Brinkman

The Stacks

Appendix N
Dagon by H. P. Lovecraft
The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H. P. Lovecraft
The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H. P. Lovecraft (performed by Dark Adventure Radio Theater)

Attack of the Frawgs by Stephen Newton
Beyond the Black Gate by Harley Stroh
Black Sun Deathcrawl by James MacGeorge
The Bog God’s Champion by Paul Wolfe
Catastrophe Island by Doug Kovacs & Co.
The Chained Coffin by Michael Curtis
The Emerald Enchanter by Joseph Goodman
The Haunting of Larvik Island by Stephen Newton
The One Who Watches from Below by Jobe Bittman
The People of the Pit by Joseph Goodman
Sailors on the Starless Sea by Harley Stroh
Sailors on the Starless Sea: Alternate Covers
Silent Nightfall
by Daniel J. Bishop
The Sea Queen Escapes by Michael Curtis

Gary Con

Colour Me Green (That’s the Colour of My God)  by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets
Esoteric Order of Dagon by Synoiz
Esoteric Order of Dagon by Surviving Ishimura
The Innsmouth Look by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets

Aga-Krul by Mystic Bull Games
Crawl! #11 by Dak Ultimak

Spotify Lists
Cryo Chamber
Sea of Black by EnMarta


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.