The trouble with being a voracious reader working on at least two writing projects is that, if I’m out of work for a few days, I come in to find my box overflowing with books, some through interlibrary loan, some purchased. Thus, today I carried away the following:
- Master of the Mysteries: The Life of Manly Palmer Hall – Phil and I are still looking for that copy of the Complete Book of Magic Science we discussed a while ago, so this new bio might provide us some clues.
- The Serpent Slayers – I read this novel in which Native American shamans fight one of Yig’s children years ago, but I think it’s time for a refresher.
- The Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos – S. T. Joshi’s new book, to read for my edification and to see if it mentions me. (Yes, I can be that shallow.)
- Charmes et sortilèges: magie et magiciens – For that Mandaean article I was looking for, but it has some other interesting pieces I might share later.
- Oklahoma II – I’ve never been to Oklahoma, but if you write a monstrous campaign about Yig, your writing has to visit Oklahoma as well. Some images with some research will hopefully help to bring it alive.
- Familiar Spirits – Hell, at this point, why not just something of random interest?
On top of that, we have the Caduceus Books Clavis, the Midnight Harvest scenario I promised to review, and a couple miscellaneous works I’m reading for the next stage of Fury but might give away some of the game if I mention them.
So, of course, I spent this evening going to the grocery store with M., watching two episodes of Carnivale, and writing this post.
I hope tomorrow will be better.