Archive for the ‘Miskatonic River Press’ Category
...literally. I just got a contract from MRP, so now i can officially announce that i'll be working on Tales of the Sleepless City, a collection of Call of Cthulhu adventures centered in and around New Yawk. I'm sure the fact that Tom Lynch is from NY has absolutely nothing to do with this. 😉 In addition, there's a couple of other projects attached to that contract, but, um, i can't talk about them yet. Meanwhile, the art situation seems to be slowly untangling itself. It looks like i'll have found some people to help out soon, so i need to get some raw card scans done and sent to them, and see what they can do with the designs. If absolutely nothing else, i've gone and proven to myself that i *can*, if i need to, clean up the card designs well enough. And i've already got the template going (fonts, border, etc.) so that they'll all be legible. Looking through them, though, i know that at least some card art needs to be redone entirely. Not to get down on myself, but some of it just looks like crap, and i know i can do better. Work on the Medieval Tales book has been going in fits and starts. I need to finish designing the chapter head sections, which is proving more difficult than i first thought.
Sorry for the lack of updates, but the holidays kinda put a crimp in time. I can report that Horror for the Holidays has been released, and should be available at your local bookstore...or you can order it on Amazon.com, or directly from Miskatonic River Press, of course! Cthulhu by Gaslight has been coming along nicely, and it's getting close to being done...well, until it gets reviewed and sent back for corrections, of course. 😛 To whet your appetite for Gaslight, i'm presenting here, for the first time, some of the artwork done by the esteemed artists for the book; Adam Denton, David Grilla, and John T. Snyder. To wit:
The final, corrected file for Horror for the Holidays has been sent! (Altered) Resonance manuscript has been mailed off to Pagan Publishing! Holy crap!
No sooner had i finished off Dissecting Cthulhu for Miskatonic River Press when Tom Lynch contacted me and said, "hey, we've got this collection of short stories that we really want to get out on the shelves by Christmas...any chance you could crank this out? You've got about, uh, three days." Lunatic that i am, i immediately jumped at the challenge, and managed to crank this thing faster than any book i've ever done. Granted, it's just a fiction collection, so there weren't a lot of moving parts, but still, it wasn't easy. There will be the usual round of corrections (which i'm currently waiting for), but barring any unexpected problems, you should be able to get your own copy of Horror for the Holidays some time in December! Oh, and check out the list of authors- it really is a damn good collection of stories. Anything with Scott David Aniolowski's name on it is going to be full of win.
It's official- Lux In Tenebras has been released to the public! You can purchase a copy of this lovely .pdf release for Cthulhu Invictus at Miskatonic River Press' website here. Meanwhile, we're getting very close with Dissecting Cthulhu, S.T. Joshi's collection of essays on HP Lovecraft's writings. I'd say we're about 95% done; right now, i'm waiting on proofreading corrections, after had just finished putting the index in. As for Cthulhu by Gaslight...it goes. Doing what work that i can on it. I'm taking a new approach to the layout, to hopefully speed up the process for when the artwork does indeed arrive. I've slowly but steadily working on my revision for (Altered) Resonance, my World War II/Delta Green one shot scenario. It's somehow ballooned to over 17,000 words. Not exactly sure how that happened. I've reworked the ending of it a bit, but not so drastically that it wouldn't hold up under another playtest. It's getting close to being done; the next step after this will be to submit it to Pagan and see what they think of it...
The down: Lux in Tenebras has been put into a temporary holding pattern, until some needed corrections get taken care of...corrections that i, sadly, can't make. It'll be another 2-3 weeks before it can be released. Nuts. The up: i've been handed layout duties for Dissecting Cthulhu, a collection of essays regarding the Cthulhu Mythos, headed up by none other than S.T. Joshi himself! S.T. is the pre-eminent scholar on all things Lovecraft, and it's a major coup for Miskatonic River Press to have landed someone of his caliber. And now, i'm the one doing the layout for the book! This one is almost all text, so it should be pretty easy to knock out, and a good portion of the work was already done by Tom. I'm batting clean-up, as it were.
Sorry for the lack of updates, but there hasn't been too much to report on. I've finished up a supplement for The Legacy of Arrius Lurco, called Lux in Tenebras; it's a .pdf-only book, and is currently under final review by the MRP head honcho Tom. I expect it'll be available next week. I'll post a cover shot of it soon. Meanwhile, the artists continue to crank away at the art assets for Gaslight 3rd. ed. We're basically in a holding pattern until those are done. What i have seen looks amazing. The big news at the moment is that i talked to Charlie today, and the BRP Magic Book, which has been done on my end for a few months now, is finally going to the printer this week. Huzzah! I've been waiting to see that thing on the shelves. If you're a BRP Fantasy guy, and want to delve more into magic, this will be right up your alley.
Didn't mean to get all quiet on the blog front, but i've been heads down, trying to shore up Cthulhu by Gaslight while i wait for the art to come through, and work on a new supplement bit for The Legacy of Arrius Lurco (which i don't think i can get into more yet right now, as Miskatonic River Press hasn't said anything publicly about it). In the meantime, i've been doing some more writing; i really need to stop getting ideas for scenarios pouncing into my brain at 2 in the morning...especially when i already have several that i need to finish first. I'm trying to find out when the BRP Magic Book will get released, along with Bumps in the Night. Hopefully there will be news on that soon...
Didn't mean for me to neglect ol' Squamy like that. Just been so busy with working on books that i forgot to stop and talk about the work! Gaslight 3rd ed. continues to occupy the vast majority of my time. It's really coming along quite nicely so far; i've about 3/4 of the way through getting the raw text in a managable form, taking care of boxed text items, and generally massaging the basic book into shape. There's still plenty of work to be done as far as page decoration and such, but the core of the book is really getting there. What's really awesome is that i've been able to talk to both Kevin Ross and John T. Snyder about Gaslight; between John and another artists i'm lining up, this is really going to be a kick-ass looking sourcebook. Meanwhile, bit by bit, inch by inch, Bumps in the Night crawls closer and closer out of its cavern and into the light. I swear. It also sounds like i'll be putting together some more material for MRP's Arrius Lurco release, which will make all you Cthulhu Invictus fans even more happy. And we've got (i think) all of our ducks in a row for the next MRP release, so i'll be talking about that soon-ish. Lastly, Squamous Studios is involved in a non-RPG project, doing colouring work for a web comic. I'll post more about that soon.
As i type this, copies of The Legacy of Arrius Lurco are winding their way to distributors and around the globe. I'm damn proud of this book, and i can't wait to see it in physical form. It's one thing to view it on the screen, either in InDesign or as a .pdf; it's a whole other experience to see the actual book. Go grab yourself a copy! I also did the layout for a couple of bonus scenarios that go out to those special customers who pre-ordered Arrius Lurco. Moving on from Lurco, i'm currently polishing up an old scenario i wrote a long time ago that first saw publication in Book of Dark Wisdom, back when they were focused on the Call of Cthulhu RPG, and not fiction. This revised edition will see publication on The Unspeakable Oath's website. After that scenario, i've about about three more that i need to get cracking on. And as far as book design goes, Project: Top Hat, which is actually Cthulhu by Gaslight 3rd Edition, is my next big project, and i've already undertaken a lot of the backstage work on it; finding/buying books on the late Victorian era, getting fonts in order, figuring out page decoration, sorting out the text, and other fun stuff. I've even been in contact with Kevin Ross, the main author of the 3rd Edition, which has been really cool. All i'm missing now is some new artwork... At any rate, the goal is to have this puppy done by some time in the summer. Eek!