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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.

    Media Catch-up – Books

    Media Catch-up – Books

    We’re back and we’re making like bookworms. This is easier than it might seem, given that bookworms don’t really eat books — just their bindings — and aren’t even worms. Then again, they don’t read much either, so maybe we need better role models. We’d give the whole thing up if this glue weren’t so tasty.







    Main Topic: Media Catch-up – Books







    This episode is the latest in our regular discussions of the media we’ve been consuming. Once again, we’re cracking open some books and letting their words run rampant across our minds.







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    Things we mention in this episode include:













    * The History of Middle-Earth edited by Christopher Tolkien* The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by HP Lovecraft* “The Lost Road” by JRR Tolkien* Old English* Beowulf discussion* Weird Tales* The Trail of Cthulhu by August Derleth* “Herbert West — Reanimator” by HP Lovecraft* Space mead* Pulp Cthulhu* Ithaqua













    * Special X series* Ghoul by Michael Slade* Headhunter by Michael Slade* The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris* The Expanse series by James SA Corey* Red Dragon by Thomas Harris













    * Necronomicon Providence* Nicole Cushing* Thomas Ligotti* Richard Laymon* Jack Ketchum* Clive Barker* The Sadist’s Bible by Nicole Cushing* Mr Suicide by Nicole Cushing* The Mirrors by Nicole Cushing* Unknown Armies* a href="https://www.goodreads.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Night House

    The Night House

    We’re back and we’re taking an almost Lovecraftian interest in architecture. While we’re suckers for a good gambrel roof, these blueprints for The Night House are far more compelling. The Welsh maze designs, the oddly reversed floorplans, and the classic Roman curios that adorn the place have quite captured us. We’re especially taken with the architect’s cunning use of negative space. And, best of all, it’s fitted with underfloor corpses! Truly, every modern convenience… Now, where the hell is the exit?







    Main Topic: The Night House







    This episode is our discussion of the 2020 horror film, The Night House. As ever, we offer a quick overview of the film’s background before picking it apart, looking for gaming inspiration. This is an unusual and creepy film and it offers plenty to spark our imaginations.













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    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * Sundance Film Festival* David Bruckner* The Signal (2007)* V/H/S (2012)* Southbound (2015)* The Ritual (2017)* Luis Buñuel* The Phantom of Liberty (1974)* Super Dark Times (2017)* Siren (2016)* Hellraiser (1987)* Hellraiser (2022)* A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay* “The Calvary Cross” by Richard and Linda Thompson



















    * Pareidolia* Sleep paralysis* Carnival of Souls (1962)* It Follows (2014)* The Louvre Doll* Roman curse tablets* Mythos Deities: Nodens* Caerdroia* The Goetia* Mazes and Monsters (1982)* Caerdroia from Big Finish* Willen Lake* “The Burning Stars” from a href="https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/82117/Terrors-From-Beyond?term=terrors+from+beyond?

    • 56 min
    The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath part 5

    The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath part 5

    We’re back and we’re waking up. It’s been a long old kip, but not that refreshing really. Dreams of being chased by hunting horrors aren’t as restful as we might like. On the bright side, we’ve awoken to a world as wonderous as any dream. Admittedly, that may be more the paucity of our dreams than any praise of the waking world. Who would have thought that our dream city was Milton Keynes all along?







    Main Topic: The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath part 5







    This is the conclusion of our multi-episode exploration of Lovecraft’s novel, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. In our earlier episodes (part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4), we looked at the story’s origins and followed Randolph Carter’s increasingly odd adventures in search of his dream city. Now, we’re journeying into Kadath itself, accompanying Carter to, we hope, the fruitful conclusion of his quest.







    As ever, we pick the story apart, looking for Call of Cthulhu inspiration. In particular, we spend some time wondering how mountains can tiptoe so daintily. Maybe that extra head helps with coordination.







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    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * Plateau of Leng* Night-gaunts* At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft* Shantaks* Nyarlathotep* Pschent* Men of Leng* “The Call of Cthulhu” by HP Lovecraft* The One Ring* Powered by the Apocalypse







    A pschent. Gesundheit!







    * Randolph Carter* Howard Carter* Tutankhamen* “Nyarlathotep” by HP Lovecraft* “The Statement of Randolph Carter” by HP Lovecraft* King Kuranes* Vega* Azathoth* Frankie Howerd







    Titter ye not!

    • 50 min
    The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath part 4

    The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath part 4

    We’re back and we’re holidaying in Leng. While it’s not everyone’s first thought for a getaway, we’ve found it really quite dreamy. Leng may have had some shocking reviews on TripAdvisor, but we’re not sure where its evil reputation comes from. Sure, our stone hut is draughty and the corpse fires do little to take the edge off, but it’s not the worst Airbnb we’ve ever rented. The locals have a lively culture, with a special interest in music and the arts. Their extended crotala solos take a bit of getting used to, but the dances that accompany them are lively. We would join in except our legs bend the wrong way. The only irritating thing is how much the locals fuss about spiders. There’s nothing around here a rolled-up newspaper can’t take care of. Now, what’s with all that scuttling outside…?







    Main Topic: The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath part 4







    This is the fourth part of our multi-episode exploration of Lovecraft’s novel, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. In our first three episodes (part 1, part 2 and part 3), we looked at the story’s origins and followed Randolph Carter’s increasingly odd adventures as he searches for his dream city. Now, we’re heading into the most action-packed part of his romp through dreamland.







    As ever, we pick the story apart, looking for Call of Cthulhu inspiration. In particular, we spend some time trying to work out why Leng gets such a bad rap. Sure, it seems cold and grey, but by that measure Aberdeen should have a similarly evil reputation.







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    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * Necrotising fasciitis* ICU delirium* The Sopranos* Shantaks* Mister Ed* Night-gaunts* Crotala* Leng* Nyarlathotep* Encyclopaedia Britannica* Lovecraft and the Occult* At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft* Lengian spiders















    * Sarkomand* Diorite* Nodens* Moon-beasts* a href="https://blasphemoustomes....

    • 49 min
    Creating Stories at the Table – With Gaz Bowerbank

    Creating Stories at the Table – With Gaz Bowerbank

    We’re back and we’re making stuff up. Sure, it’s a bit disjointed, filled with inconsistent characterisation, narrative dead ends, and terrible jokes, but it sort of feels like a story. What do you expect when a bunch of people create it on the fly, all pulling in different directions? Any story there owes more to cheap beer and bad dice rolls than careful planning. If we read this tosh in a book, we’d ask for our money back. Yet, somehow, we’re all happy with it. And anyway, it’s still better than a Dan Brown novel…







    Main Topic: Creating Stories at the Table







    This episode is a lively discussion of what it means to create stories at the gaming table. Just talking about RPGs in terms of stories is likely to start an argument, and this episode is no exception. What do people mean when they talk about stories in the context of an RPG? Is an RPG scenario constructed anything like a story? And whose responsibility is it to create a story at the table anyway?







    We’ve paused our discussion of The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath for a few episodes as Matt has been seriously ill. During his absence, we have called upon some of our good friends in the podcasting world to stand in as guest hosts.







    This time, we are joined by Gaz Bowerbank, co-host of the What Would the Smart Party Do? podcast. Gaz’s co-host, Baz Stevens, joined us a few episodes ago for our “Everything is Horror” discussion, so we thought it was time to complete the set.







    * Gaz on Twitter* What Would the Smart Party Do?* “Puppy Love” for Tales From the Loop* “Unbearable” for Vaesen* “Midnight Hunt” for Vaesen















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    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * Genre Emulation episode* Appendix N* Critical Role* World of Darkness* Live performance with How We Roll at PodUK 2019* How We Roll* Hot War* Nathan Ballingrud interview* Legend of the Burning Sands* Legend of the Five Rings* Delta Green* a href="https://www.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Mythos Deities: Cthulhu

    Mythos Deities: Cthulhu

    We’re back and we’re lost in reverie. These dreams are really something — so vivid and insistent. We just wish we knew whose dreams they are. Regardless, they’re inspiring us to create strange, wondrous new works of art. Only, why are we compelled to make them with our own viscera? At least we can arrange these intestines to look like tentacles. Yes, that looks right, doesn’t it? So majestic. So divine. Maybe now we can sleep more deeply and become one with these glorious dreams.







    Main Topic: Mythos Deities – Cthulhu







    This episode is the latest in our ongoing exploration of the deities of the Cthulhu Mythos. Previous entries include Dagon, Shub-Niggurath, Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, Hastur, Azathoth, Nodens, Ubbo-Sathla and Mordiggian, Ithaqua, and Daoloth and Eihort.







    We have discussed Cthulhu as a pop-culture icon and Lovecraft’s original story, “The Call of Cthulhu”, in earlier episodes. Still, it is long past time we had one of our usual deep dives into the origins and development of the dead dreamer himself. So here we are.







    We’ve paused our discussion of The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath for a few episodes. Matt has been seriously ill, requiring a lengthy stay in hospital. We don’t know how long he’s going to be out of action but we wanted to save the resolution for his return. Until then, we’ve called upon some of our good friends in the podcasting world to stand in as guest hosts.







    This time, we are joined by Chris Lackey, co-host of the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast and author of the new Chaosium publication, Cults of Cthulhu.







    * Chris on Twitter* The HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast* Rachel Watches Star Trek















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    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * “The Mound” by HP Lovecraft for Zealia Bishop* a href="https://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/ee.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

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
Discord: NatMan

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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