20 August 2010

Guard Your Sanity

August 20th is the birthday of H.P. Lovecraft, master horror writer

I have dwelt ever in realms apart from the visible world; spending my youth and adolescence in ancient and little-known books, and in roaming the fields and groves of the region near my ancestral home. [...] Close by my home there lies a singular wooded hollow, in whose twilight deeps I spent most of my time; reading, thinking, and dreaming. Down its moss-covered slopes my first steps of infancy were taken, and around its grotesquely gnarled oak trees my first fancies of boyhood were woven.      - H.P. Lovecraft, "The Tomb"

Howard Phillips Lovecraft, master of cosmic horror, was born 120 years ago today. One of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century, H.P. Lovecraft skillfully crafted gripping stories of protagonists who struggled against supernatural enemies and risked their very sanity in the process.

From Lovecraft’s fertile mind came the beloved Cthulhu Mythos, the rich thematic basis for FFG’s popular games Arkham Horror and Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game. We at Fantasy Flight Games are happy to acknowledge the birthday of this literary pioneer, a man whose work indirectly contributed so much to hobby gaming.

We encourage you to enjoy your favorite Cthulhu-themed game and celebrate August 20th in style! And if you live in the Roseville, Minnesota area, stop by the Fantasy Flight Games Event Center and play Arkham Horror or Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game with fellow Lovecraft enthusiasts. Finally, don't forget to reserve your space for Arkham Nights, three days of terror coming this October! However you choose to celebrate, guard your sanity well and keep an open mind. As Lovecraft himself wrote, “Men of broader intellect know that there is no sharp distinction betwixt the real and the unreal....”

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