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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias is an irregular podcast devoted to the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, horror movies and horror gaming in general. It is hosted by Paul Fricker, Matthew Sanderson and Scott Dorward, three freelance writers who have worked on the new edition of Call of Cthulhu and other horror roleplaying games.



Episodes are usually built around a particular theme, always centred on our shared love of all things dark and horrifying.

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias Paul Fricker, Matthew Sanderson and Scott Dorward

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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias is an irregular podcast devoted to the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, horror movies and horror gaming in general. It is hosted by Paul Fricker, Matthew Sanderson and Scott Dorward, three freelance writers who have worked on the new edition of Call of Cthulhu and other horror roleplaying games.



Episodes are usually built around a particular theme, always centred on our shared love of all things dark and horrifying.

    Mythos Deities – Daoloth and Eihort

    Mythos Deities – Daoloth and Eihort

    We’re back and we’re clearing out all those pesky veils. They just clutter up the place, getting in the way of seeing how things really are. Also, somehow, they make things feel less spongy. We try not to think about that bit too much. Regardless, one simple application of Daoloth will clear up even the most persistent veil outbreak. Daoloth – safe when used as directed.







    Main Topic: Mythos Deities – Daoloth and Eihort







    This is our latest exploration into the deities of the Cthulhu Mythos. We have devoted previous episodes to Dagon, Shub-Niggurath, Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, Hastur, Azathoth, Nodens, Ubbo-Sathla and Mordiggian, and Ithaqua. This time, it’s the turn of a couple of Ramsey Campbell’s creations.







    Campbell is responsible for many of our favourite Mythos entities, so it’s long past time we turned our attention to him. His work deserves more than one episode, however, so this time we are limiting our focus to two of his more popular deities: Daoloth and Eihort. We plan to return to his deities some time next year.















    Links







    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * Ramsey Campbell* Insects from Shaggai* Gla’aki* The Revelations of Gla’aki* The Moon-Lens* Y’golonac* Severn Valley* “The Tomb Herd” by Ramsey Campbell* The Inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome Tenants by Ramsey Campbell* New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos* Cold Print by Ramsey Campbell* The Darkest Part of the Woods by Ramsey Campbell* The Last Revelation of Gla’aki by Ramsey Campbell* The Three Births of Daoloth: The Searching Dead, Born to the Dark and The Way of the Worm* a href="https://www.pspublishing.co.

    • 48 min
    Media Catch-Up – Films

    Media Catch-Up – Films

    We’re back and we’re trying to stop Matt drooling in our popcorn. Listen to the episode. It’ll make sense.







    Main Topic: Media Catch-Up – Films







    This is the latest of our occasional discussions about the media we’ve been consuming recently. After our earlier episodes about television and books, we’re turning to the big screen. Well, not that big. We’re all still watching most of our films at home.







    The three films we discuss are:







    Paul: Free Fire (2016)







    Matt: No One Gets Out Alive (2021)







    Scott: Candyman (2021)







    As ever, we pick the films apart, looking for gaming inspiration.







    Links







    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * Lockdown specials* The Grognard Files podcast* Gangbusters RPG* Mark Kermode* Pacing in RPGs* “Annie’s Song” by John Denver* Kill List (2011)* Sightseers (2012)* A Field in England (2013)* In the Earth (2021)* A Dark Song (2016)* In Fabric (2018)















    * Vivarium (2019)* Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)* Ītzpāpālōtl* Kult* No One Gets Out Alive by Adam Nevill* The Ritual (2017)* The Ritual by Adam Nevill* Horror gaming in the modern day















    * Candyman (1992)* Halloween (2018)* Scream (2022)* The Thing (2011)* a href="https://www.goodreads.

    • 59 min
    The Tower of the Elephant

    The Tower of the Elephant

    We’re back and we’re preparing to pillage. This weird, shining tower looks like it should contain treasures, or at least an interesting story to discuss. There’s rustling in the undergrowth surrounding it, but we’ll just ignore that for now. If it proves to be something dangerous, Matt can rip up one of his rare Magic: the Gathering cards and blow the remains at it. And once we’re inside, we must find out why they call it Tower of the Elephant. Maybe there’s a petting zoo.







    Main Topic: The Tower of the Elephant







    After spending a couple of episodes discussing Robert E Howard’s life and works, we’re now exploring one of his stories. “The Tower of the Elephant” was the third Conan tale published and arguably the first to really pin down his character. As well as discussing the story itself, looting it for gaming inspiration, we use it as a springboard to talk about Conan in general.







    If you haven’t already done so, you may also want to check out our discussion of the sword and sorcery genre, of which “The Tower of the Elephant” is one of the earliest examples.















    Links







    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * Conan the Cimmerian* Weird Tales March 1933* Skull-Face and Others by Robert E Howard* “The Phoenix on the Sword” by Robert E Howard* “The Scarlet Citadel” by Robert E Howard* “The Tower of the Elephant” by Robert E Howard* “The Shadow Kingdom” by Robert E Howard* Kull of Atlantis* Conan RPG scenarios based on “The Tower of the Elephant”* Conan the Barbarian (1982)* “Red Nails” by Robert E Howard* Chronologies for the Conan stories* Drinking jacks* Zamora* The City of Thieves















    * Texas oil boom* A Means to Freedom: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft & Robert E. Howard* Black Lotus* a href="https://mtg.fandom.

    • 55 min
    Special: “The Thing on the Roof” by Robert E Howard, read by Mike Perceval-Maxwell

    Special: “The Thing on the Roof” by Robert E Howard, read by Mike Perceval-Maxwell

    We’re back with another special episode. This time, we have a reading of Robert E Howard’s “The Thing on the Roof” by our good friend Mike Perceval-Maxwell. You may remember Mike as the director and narrator of our performance of A Christmas Carol in late 2020. Since then, he has started his own podcast, Mr Spike’s Bedtime Stories, where he reads works of weird fiction. He has also performed many of these live on the Good Friends Discord server. Mike is a seasoned voice actor who has worked with the BBC, and his readings are something special indeed.







    Your narrator, Mike Perceval-Maxwell







    “The Thing on the Roof” is one of Howard’s punchier Mythos tales. While it follows a pretty stereotypical storyline for Lovecraftian horror, it is filled with Howard’s trademark energy. “The Thing on the Roof” was originally published in the February 1932 issue of Weird Tales and has been collected and anthologised countless times since.







    If you are interested in learning more about Robert E Howard, we recently released a pair of episodes on his life and works. Our next episode discusses his classic Conan tale, “The Tower of the Elephant”. We also recently explored the sword and sorcery genre, which Howard originated, in some detail.















    Other classic weird tales you can find on Mr Spike’s Bedtime Stories include:







    * “The Doom That Came to Sarnath” by H P Lovecraft* Two Tales of Wonder by Lord Dunsany* “From Beyond” by H P Lovecraft* “Lost Hearts” by M R James* And many more

    • 28 min
    The Works of Robert E Howard

    The Works of Robert E Howard

    We’re back and we’re hitting the books. That’s probably not fair, though. Just because they’re full of boxing tales doesn’t mean they can hit back. And two-fisted stories don’t actually seem to have any fists of their own. We’re beginning to suspect that this fiction stuff is all made up.







    Main Topic: The Works of Robert E Howard







    This episode is the conclusion of our two-part look into the life and works of Robert E Howard. Last time, we offered an overview of Howard’s life. This time, it’s the turn of his work.







    As well as being the creator of Conan the Cimmerian, Solomon Kane, Kull of Atlantis, and the Pictish king, Bran Mak Morn, Howard initiated both the sword and sorcery and weird western genres. In his sadly short career, Howard wrote horror, boxing yarns, comedies, historical adventures, and action stories. With the encouragement of his friend H P Lovecraft, he penned tales of the Cthulhu Mythos. And that’s without mentioning his voluminous poetry output. He was as versatile as he was prolific. While we cover the broad strokes of his career, we would need dozens of episodes just to catalogue his work. As a result, this is an incomplete and highly idiosyncratic summary of Howard’s career and legacy.







    Our next episode wraps up this series by exploring one of Howard’s most famous stories, “The Tower of the Elephant”.







    Robert E Howard







    Resources







    Our main research sources for this episode are:







    * Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E Howard by Mark Finn* A Means to Freedom: The Letters of H P Lovecraft and Robert E Howard edited by S T Joshi, David E Schultz and Rusty Burke* Nameless Cults: The Cthulhu Mythos Fiction of Robert E Howard edited by Robert M Price















    Links







    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * Conan the Cimmerian* Solomon Kane* Robert E Howard’s poetry* “The Sea” by Robert E Howard* “Spear and Fang” by Robert E Howard* Weird Tales* “Red Nails” by Robert E Howard* Sailor Steve Costigan* Boxing pulp magazines* Post Oaks & Sand Roughs by Robert E Howard* a href="https://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0603491h.

    • 53 min
    The Life of Robert E Howard

    The Life of Robert E Howard

    We’re back and we’re spoiling for a fight. Well, a boxing match at least. There’s this fellow we met down at the ice house who’s promised us a bout or two. We heard he’s some kind of writer, so his fists must be more used to hitting keys than jaws. Uh oh. Look at the size of him! Is it too late to change this to a different kind of competition, maybe something like writing a poem? What? He’s good at that too? Boy, it’s really not our day….







    Main Topic: The Life of Robert E Howard







    This episode is the first of our two-part look into the life and work of Robert E Howard. A close friend of Lovecraft (although the two men never actually met), Howard was a cornerstone of the success of Weird Tales. He not only added to the Cthulhu Mythos but created, arguably, two enduring subgenres of fantastic fiction: sword and sorcery and the weird western. Like Lovecraft, most of his success came posthumously, his books selling millions of copies. His creations have appeared in films, comics, video game and even the odd RPG. But who was Robert E Howard?







    We examine the man himself, looking at how his life might have shaped his writing. For someone who died so young and spent most of his short life in one town, Howard lived a fascinating life. The era of Texan history in which he grew up was a turbulent one, dealing with the fallout of recent conflicts and the shock of the oil boom. These unique circumstances, as well as the oddness of the Howard family, were fertile creative ground for the young writer’s imagination. We offer a brief overview of the key events of his life and some thoughts of our own.







    As a general content warning, this episode includes some brief discussion of Howard’s suicide.







    Our next episode builds upon this discussion, looking at Howard’s writing career and his most famous creation, Conan the Cimmerian.







    Robert E Howard







    Links







    Our main research sources for this episode are:







    * Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E Howard by Mark Finn* A Means to Freedom: The Letters of H P Lovecraft and Robert E Howard edited by S T Joshi, David E Schultz and Rusty Burke* Nameless Cults: The Cthulhu Mythos Fiction of Robert E Howard edited by Robert M Price















    Other things we mention in this episode include:







    * H P Lovecraft* Clark Ashton Smith* Texas oil boom* Cross Plains, Texas* There Will Be Blood (2007)* Picts* Bran Mak Morn* Adventure* “Pigeons From Hell” by Robert E Howard* a h...

    • 58 min

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NatManBurgess ,

Good Friends indeed

I have been listening to this podcast now for over a year and I am now in 2017.. the accessibility of this podcast is something else, when I’m running a game I know that GFoJE would of covered any questions I may have and if not they soon will..

This podcast has gotten me through some tough times especially during the pandemic as I work for the NHS as an acute mental health support worker! I’m currently on the Storytelling collection course so watch out Scott, Matt and Paul!

Sending lots of sanity
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thermalsatsuma ,

Cthulhu and much more

Although this is billed as a gaming podcast, it covers a broad range of subjects, including in depth discussion of the works of HP Lovecraft, horror films (both classic and obscure) and a recent run of episodes looking at cults and conspiracy theories in an informative and entertaining way. The three hosts are clearly long term friends with a great rapport that comes over in the podcast.

Victor78610 ,

Best Call fo Cthulhu podcast

regardless if you are a player or a DM, you will find very insightful ideas for your campaign here

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