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The Center of Chaos

Adding Monsters to Thrift Store Paintings

Pickman would be proud.

The Dreamlands

Huan Vu, the director of the excellent Die Farbe, is trying to crowdfund an adaptation of HPL’s dream stories. We wish him good fortune!

Massive sinkhole opens in Baltimore, Maryland - video

Cthonians have really been busy lately!

Chaosium overhaul

Chaosium is currently overhauling their website. That doesn’t stop us from learning that something called “Dead Light” and the new “Horror on the Orient Express” are both at the printer, and “Ripples from Carcosa” is in layout. More details as they become available.

Once a Ghoul, Always a Ghoul

Two men in Pakistan caught for the second time digging up corpses for a ghoulish feast. http://www.livescience.com/44853-grave-robbing-cannibal-brothers-arrested-again.html

The Case Of Walter Williams

Friday, February 28th, 2014. 3:14 PM EST.

A cadaver has come to life on the mortuary slab in rural Mississippi. The body of eighty-seven year old Walter Williams, a farmer from Holmes County, suddenly began kicking and gasping on the embalming table after it had been removed from the body bag in which it had been transported to the mortuary. Mr. Williams has since spoken with family members.

Mr. Williams was eleven years old when Lovecraft’s death was recorded in Providence, Rhode Island. Mr. Williams was born about the time that Lovecraft was writing¬†The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. The name of the Mississippi coroner in William’s case is Dexter Howard.


Your Hardworking Correspondent,
Brian Downes

99 Years Available Now

Friday, May 2nd, 2014. 11:36 AM ET.

The island of Poveglia lies between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, in northern Italy. In spite of its desirable location, Poveglia has been abandoned, uninhabited, and closed off to tourists since the late 1960s. Before that, the island was home to an insane asylum founded in 1922, where lobotomies were administered to patients. Before that, the island had been used as a place to quarantine the sick. In the 1800s, the Emperor Napoleon had the island’s Catholic church destroyed, and its bell tower converted into a lighthouse. The purpose of a lighthouse, of course, is to warn ships away.

Before that, Poveglia had been used as an 18th century place of quarantine for sufferers from the Bubonic Plague. Even earlier than that, in 1527 AD, the Doge of Venice offered the island as a gift to the Comaldolese monks, who refused it.

The island was completely evacuated in 1379, ostensibly because of the threat of the Genoan fleet, and has been intermittently fortified in the centuries since. The first mention of it in history is in the 5th century, when refugees sought safety there from the barbarians who raged across Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire.

And now the Italian government has announced that they will write the next chapter in the history of the island by offering a 99 year lease to any person or institution that might wish to build a luxury hotel and resort there, on the foundations of the old plague pits and madhouse.



Your Hardworking Correspondent,
Brian Downes