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The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 36 - “The Return of Hastur,” “Ithaqua,” and “Beyond the Threshold” by August Derleth

August Derleth is a controversial figure in the world of the Cthulhu Mythos. He was the first to push for publication of Lovecraft’s work after his death, but his own writing didn’t quite live up to that of the Master. What do Great Old Ones have in common with Elemental Evil? Find out as we discuss three noteworthy stories.
 
 
August William Derleth
born February 24, 1909 in Sauk City, WI; died July 4, 1971
Best remembered as the first book publisher of the writings of H. P. Lovecraft; contributed to the Cthulhu Mythos; founded Arkham House in 1939 with his friend Donald Wandrei, which did much to bring supernatural fiction into print in the US that had only been readily available in the UK
1938 Guggenheim Fellow
Derleth considered his most serious work to be the Sac Prairie Saga, about life in Wisconsin as he knew it
He was a pioneering naturalist and conservationist
 
Derleth had been a correspondent and friend of Lovecraft since his teenage years
after Lovecraft’s death, Derleth founded Arkham House to publish Lovecraft’s work
first book was The Outsider and Others, 1939
Derleth invented the term “Cthulhu Mythos” (Lovecraft preferred “Yog-Sothery”)
wrote a number of stories based on fragments in which he was a “posthumous collaborator”
depicted Lovecraft’s universe as more hopeful, reflecting his Christian views
treated Old Ones as elemental forces
 
“The Return of Hastur”
first appeared in Weird Tales, March 1939
 
“Ithaqua”
first appeared in Strange Stories, February 1941
 
“Beyond the Threshold”
first appeared in Weird Tales, September 1941
 
My guest:
Louis Brenton
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website - louisbrenton.com
 
Co-hosts:
Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com
 
Geoffrey Winn
twitter - @geoffreydwinn
 
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Round Table 148 - Female Empowerment in D&D

James Introcaso sits down with Liz Theis, Allison Rossi, and Darcy Ross to discuss a National Post article about female empowerment in Dungeons and Dragons. This podcast was recorded on November 20, 2016.

 

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Worldbuilding For Your RPG

In this episode, Jeff is joined by a fantastic duo of worldbuilding goodness - Bruce Cordell and Rob Heinsoo. These two industry powerhouses have a lot to say about building your settings!

 

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Adventures in Middle Earth Player’s Guide Review

In this episode, Jeff is joined by Geoffrey Winn, Louis Brinton, and Jeremiah McCoy to discuss the new Adventures in Middle Earth Player's Guide for D&D 5e (Published by Cubicle 7 under license from Wizards of the Coast).

 

 

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Storm King’s Thunder Review

In this episode Jeff is joined by Jon Green, Alison Rossi, and Mike Shea. The four of them delve deep into the most recent Wizards of the Coast 5e D&D adventure  - Storm King's Thunder!

 

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Round Table 146 - Douglas Cole and Dungeon Grappling

James Introcaso sits down with Doug Cole, the owner of Gaming Ballistic, an amazing game designer, and the man behind the recently launched and currently on-going Dungeon Grappling Kickstarter. This podcast was recorded on November 17, 2016.

 

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Round Table 145 - The D&D Movie and Rock Paper Wizard

James Introcaso sits down with Andrew Kane and Vegas Lancaster to discuss the latest D&D movie news and the new D&D party game from Wiz Kids, Rock Paper Wizard. This podcast was recorded on November 3, 2016.

 

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The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 35 - Tales of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser by Fritz Leiber, Part 1

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 35 - Tales of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser by Fritz Leiber, Part 1

Three tales of thrilling adventure from the Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy. Join the most famous duo in swords and sorcery literature as they search for treasure and travel to the ends of the earth.


Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr.
December 24, 1910 (Chicago) - September 5, 1992
“American writer of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He was also a poet, actor in theater and films, playwright and chess expert.[b] With writers such as Robert E. Howard and Michael Moorcock, Leiber can be regarded as one of the fathers of sword and sorcery fantasy, having in fact created the term. Moreover, he excelled in all fields of speculative fiction, writing award-winning work in fantasy, horror, and science fiction.” - Wikipedia

introduced Fafhrd and Grey Mouser in August, 1939 in Unknown magazine, edited by John W. Campbell
early influences were H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Graves; received a letter of encouragement from Lovecraft in 1936
earned little money as a writer; addicted to alcohol and downers
actually received royalty checks from TSR for games based on Lankhmar
1975 - named Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy by the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon)

Fafhrd was based on Leiber himself; Grey Mouser based on Harry Otter Fischer
notable for growing, taking on more responsibilities, getting married, etc.

Two Sought Adventure
published 1957 by Gnome Press

Swords Against Death
first published 1970 by Ace Books
second of seven volumes

“The Jewels in the Forest” 1939 — original title “Two Sought Adventure”
“The Bleak Shore” 1940
“The Howling Tower” 1941

My guests:

Chris Constantin
Dark Revelations the Roleplaying Game - http://drevrpg.com

Co-hosts:
Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com

Geoffrey Winn
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