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“People of the Pit features a pair of prospectors, Starr Anderson and the narrator, Frank, who are exploring the North, looking for gold. There are hints of a backstory between the two men, painting them as more than mere prospectors and it creates an anticipation for oddness to come. We are then introduced to a secondary narrator. A man who, in classic fashion, crawls (near-dead) into the men’s camp. And the manner of his crawling is horrific in itself. This is no collapsing half-stagger, no dragging himself along the floor, but as the narrator says, ‘it was like a baby crawling upstairs. The forepaws lifted themselves in grotesquely infantile fashion’ . On top of this, he wears a band of gold round his waist, and a chain. Gold, of course, is what has brought the explorers to this place, but when they remove it, ‘it was like no gold I had ever handled. […] it had an unclean, viscid life of its own. It clung to the file. […] It was – loathsome’ . Something is clearly not right when a man in search of gold actively throws it away.
The story then turns to the tale of the narrator, telling a story of a lost civilisation in the bottom of a ravine. Not any old ravine, however, but ‘Imagine the Grand Canyon five times as wide and with the bottom dropped out’. As one can expect, it gets a lot weirder from there…”
Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast where even attending a convention cannot disrupt things. While the Keepers of Mysteries attend Gamehole Con I, the Gatekeeper of the Sanctum, bring you the latest episode. Tonight the Keepers discuss a story by Abraham Merritt and bring it to your DCC table!
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.
Ghoul’ound – Bob Brinkman
Leng Spider – Bob Brinkman
Lao T’zai – Bob Brinkman
Chill Winds of Leng – Bob Brinkman
Fear Dust of Lao T’zai – Bob Brinkman
Hunger of the Wastes – Bob Brinkman
Advent of the Avalanche Lords by Tim Callahan
Black Sun Deathcrawl by James MacGeorge
Elzemon and the Blood Drinking Box by Terry Olson
Glipkerio’s Gambit by Jobe Bittman
Mermaids from Yuggoth by Daniel J Bishop
The Old God’s Return by Michael Curtis
The People of the Pit by Joseph Goodman
Portal Under the Stars by Joseph Goodman
The Singing Hill by Christopher Wood
The Tower out of Time by Michael Curtis
Tomb of the Ghast Queen by Mark Knight
Operation Unfathomable (through Nov 9th)
Dead Man Blues by Jelly Roll Morton
East St. Louis Toodle-Oo by Duke Ellington
Ghost of Stephen Foster by Squirrel Nut Zippers
Hell by Squirrel Nut Zippers
In the Pines by Leadbelly
Knive (Album) by Svarte Greiner
Low Estate (Album) by 16 Horsepower
The Nightmare by Cab Calloway
Squeezit The Moocher (Minnie The Moocher) by Danny Elfman
Sycamore Trees by Jimmy Scott
Traditional Inuit Music (Album) from the CBC Northern Service
Where Legends Are Born (Album) by Hobo Jim
Road Crew Appearances
* November 6th – Jeff Goad is running “Revenge of the Over-Kobold” at Brooklyn Strategist.
* November 13th – Jeff Goad is running “The Shambling Un-Dead!” at Brooklyn Strategist.