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Had the last King and Princess of wicked Ys, returned after three thousand years? Why were they creating an exact replica of Stonehenge on their New Jersey estate? What was the Mael Bennique, the Breaker of Chests? And what was the dread Gatherer in the Cairn? And can men and women really be turned into shadows and made the helpless slaves of the one who transformed them? Ethnologist Dr. Alan Caranac (who may just be the reincarnation of the Alain de Carnac who brought about the destruction of sinful Ys and its evil rulers) has to find out the answer, for one of his best friends has been killed, and perhaps transformed into a shadow, while his fiancee Helen, her brother, Bill, and the famed Dr. Lowell have already been marked for death or worse! But first Alan will have to enter the tower of the Demoiselle Dahut de Ys in New York and journey through it thousands of years into the past to her tower in the legendary city from which she draws her name. And then return, if he can!

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight we return to the printed page as we discuss A Merritt’s Creep, Shadow! while pairing it up with a Harley Stroh classic, The Bride of the Black Manse.

Dark Acquisitions

Campaign Tools
Shadows, Followers, and Whisperers – Ari-Matti Piippo

Curses
Curse of the Captive Reflection – Bob Brinkman
Curse of the Mason’s Knot – Bob Brinkman

Fiction
The Blood-Drinking Box [part 5] – Clifford Morton

The Stacks

Appendix N
Creep, Shadow! by Abraham Merritt

Adventures
The 13th Skull by Joseph Goodman
The Arwich Grinder by Daniel J. Bishop
Attack of the Frawgs! by Stephen Newton
Beyond the Black Gate by Harley Stroh
The Bride of the Black Manse by Harley Stroh
Creeping Beauties of the Woods by Daniel J. Bishop
The Emerald Enchanter by Joseph Goodman
The Floating Oasis of the Ascended God by Stephen Newton
The Haunting of Larvik Island by Stephen Newton
The Imperishable Sorceress by Daniel J. Bishop
The Infernal Crucible of Sezrekan the Mad by Harley Stroh
Neon Knights by Brendan LaSalle
Not in Kansas Anymore by Dieter Zimmerman
The One Who Watches from Below by Jobe Bittman
The People of the Pit by Joseph Goodman
The Portsmouth Mermaid by Daniel J. Bishop
Prayers of the Forgotten by Carl Bussler
They Served Brandolyn Red by Stephen Newton
The Tower out of Time by Michael Curtis

Music
42nd Street (song) by Don Bestor and his Orchestra
Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked (song) by Postmodern Jukebox
Black and Tan Fantasy (song) by Duke Ellington
Blue Monday (song) by Orkestra Obsolete
Continental (You Kiss While You’re Dancing) (song) by Leo Reisman
East St. Louis Toodle-oo (song) by Duke Ellington
Gangsta’s Paradise (song) by Postmodern Jukebox
I Saw Stars (song) by Freddy Martin
Mad World (song) by Postmodern Jukebox
Midnight, the Stars and You (song) by Al Bowlly with Ray Noble and his Orchestra
Minnie the Moocher (song) by Cab Calloway
The Nightmare (song) by Cab Calloway
Nothing Else Matters (song) by Postmodern Jukebox
Sleep Baby Sleep (song) by Jim Manzie
St James Infirmary (song) by Cab Calloway
Stars Fell on Alabama (song) by Richard Himber & his Orchestra
Stompin’ at the Savoy (song) Chick Webb
Who Can it be Now (song) by Postmodern Jukebox

Podcasts
Appendix N Book Club

Road Crew Appearances
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M Nicksic @ Tacoma Games in Tacoma, WA (every Saturday)
* Troy Tucker @ The Magician’s Forge in North Port, FL (alternating Saturdays)
* Jeff Goad @ the Brooklyn Strategist in Brooklyn, NY
* Sarah Brown @ Cullison’s Cards & Games in Jonesboro, AR
* Jeff Bernstein @ Games Plus in Mount Prospect, IL
* Timothy Drennon @ Geekout in Burlson, TX

Settings
Dark Trails by David Baity
DCC Lankhmar by Goodman Games
The Shudder Mountains by Goodman Games


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