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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.

    The Good Friends talk to Matthew McLean of A Scottish Podcast about Lovecraft and Comedy

    The Good Friends talk to Matthew McLean of A Scottish Podcast about Lovecraft and Comedy

    We’re back with another special interview episode. This time, however, we’re breaking away from cults and turning back to a topic we discussed in episode 127: that uneasy ground that lies between comedy and horror.







    Matthew McLean is the writer, producer and one of the stars of A Scottish Podcast. While the name may not suggest it, A Scottish Podcast is steeped in Lovecraftian horror. It’s also pretty damn funny.







    The basic premise is that Lee, a failed disc jockey, has decided to reboot his career by starting a paranormal investigation podcast. He ropes his long-suffering friend Doug into producing it and the two of them travel across Scotland, investigating weird cases they are increasingly forced to take seriously.







    What stops A Scottish Podcast from being just another paranormal drama is its cast of wildly eccentric supporting characters. The stories swing wildly between comedy and horror, usually keeping the two elements discrete but sometimes mixing them to great effect (such as in the recent special, “Fish Supper Over Innsmouth”).







    Be warned that A Scottish Podcast is even more sweary than the Good Friends and that the humour is very Scottish. As Matthew mentions in the interview, however, this has not proved a barrier to international listeners.







    In our discussion, Matthew and I talk about the relationship between comedy and horror, where the humour lies in Lovecraft, and how he goes about writing and creating the podcast. This last part turned into a general discussion about producing audio drama which should prove informative to anyone thinking about doing so.















    Links







    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * A Scottish Podcast* Trainspotting (1996)* Edith Nesbit* Point Horror* “Man Size in Marble” by E Nesbit* Joe Abercrombie* Viz * Roger Mellie* Saw (2004)* Pine by Francine Toon* Ash by James Herbert* “Sweet Ermengarde” by HP Lovecraft* “Cats and Dogs” by HP Lovecraft* The Black Tapes

    • 46 min
    The Whisperer in Darkness part 2

    The Whisperer in Darkness part 2

    We’re back and we’re knee-deep in letters. It’s all very well communicating with strangers via columns in the local press but sometimes you need the intimacy of personal correspondence. This is especially true when exchanging dangerous secrets about the nature of the universe. Sadly, even the postal service can’t always be trusted. Sure, they say that our parcels were stolen by sinister forces, but why can’t these aliens ever take our junk mail while they’re at it?







    Main Topic: The Whisperer in Darkness part 2







    This is the second instalment of our multi-episode investigation of Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Whisperer in Darkness”. Part one offered some background to the story and a poke around the first chapter. This time, events are in full swing and tension is building!







    Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. We have each forgotten what the others look like. These are strange times.







    Links







    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * “The Whisperer in Darkness” by HP Lovecraft* “Vermont — a First Impression” by HP Lovecraft* Dictaphone* Wax cylinders* Twin Peaks* “The Novel of the Black Seal” by Arthur Machen* Coconut crab* “The Seven Geases” by Clark Ashton Smith* “Fungi From Yuggoth” by HP Lovecraft* Hastur* “The Maker of Moons” by Robert W Chambers* “Skull-Face” by Robert E Howard* Bran Mak Morn* Magnum Innominandum* “Through the Gates of the Silver Key” by HP Lovecraft and E Hoffman Price















    * United States Postal Inspection Service* The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker* The Black Lodge* “The Dunwich Horror” by HP Lovecraft* Brian Courtemanche* “The Million Favored Ones” by Lin Carter* “The Call of Cthulhu” by HP Lovecraft* The X-Files* a data-ytta-id="-" hre...

    • 53 min
    Special: Secret Societies and Cults part 2

    Special: Secret Societies and Cults part 2

    We’re back with the conclusion of our special interview with Robert Howells about secret societies, building on our recent episodes about cults. The first part of our discussion focused on how secret societies differ from cults and magical orders. This time, Robert offers some items from his research that he thinks may be of particular interest to Call of Cthulhu players.







    Robert Howells is an author and researcher into secret societies. He has written books about the Priory of Sion and the Illuminati, and worked on a number of related television programmes.















    Links







    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * The Men’s House by Bro. Joseph Fort Newton* Freemasonry* Canonbury Lodge* Rosslyn Chapel* Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn* Continental Freemasonry* Order of Saint Lazarus* Propaganda Due* Order of the Solar Temple* Jonestown* Order of the Knights Templar* Illuminati* Priory of Sion* Bletchley Park recruitment via crossword* Cicada 3301* Rennes-le-Château* Menorah* David Woods* Ark of the Covenant* Bloodline (2008)















    * Alchemy* Kabbalism* Sufism* Sicilian Mafia* Tongs* Wikileaks* Anonymous* Roswell UFO Incident* Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment* Zen archery* Abramelin working















    * Necronomicon* a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/17967.

    • 58 min
    The Whisperer in Darkness part 1

    The Whisperer in Darkness part 1

    We’re back and we’re heading up into the hills of Vermont. A folklorist friend told us that the nice creatures that live there might make us some surprising offers. There’s a risk that we could undergo a repellent mental change, but it seems unlikely anyone will notice that. The whole thing sounds like it should be a mind-expanding experience that’s out of this world!







    Main Topic: The Whisperer in Darkness part 1







    This is the first instalment of a multi-episode delve into Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Whisperer in Darkness”. As well as being a gripping yarn, this is one of the key stories of the Cthulhu Mythos. It not only introduces the mi-go, one of our favourite monsters, but also draws in a number of other writers’ creations.







    Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. We have each forgotten what the others look like. These are strange times.







    Links







    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * “The Whisperer in Darkness” by HP Lovecraft* The King in Yellow by Robert W Chambers* “Supernatural Horror in Literature” by HP Lovecraft* A Dreamer’s Tales by Lord Dunsany* At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft* “The Shadow Out of Time” by HP Lovecraft* An HP Lovecraft Encyclopedia by Joshi and Schultz* “Vermont – a First Impression” by HP Lovecraft* The Kalem Club* The discovery of Pluto* “The Novel of the Black Seal” by Arthur Machen* The Three Impostors by Arthur Machen* “The Great God Pan” by Arthur Machen* “The Dunwich Horror” by HP Lovecraft















    * The Great Vermont Flood of 1927* The HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast* Black Shuck* Jiangshi (Chinese hopping vampires)* Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)* The Pennacook people* The New Annotated HP Lovecraft by Leslie Klinger* Kallikanzari* Mi-Go as yeti/abominable snowmen* “The Abominable Snowmen” from Doctor Who* a href="https://en.wikipedia.

    • 45 min
    Special: Secret Societies and Cults part 1

    Special: Secret Societies and Cults part 1

    We’re back with a special interview episode about secret societies and how they might relate to Call of Cthulhu.







    In our recent episodes about cults, we briefly touched on how the representation of cults in Call of Cthulhu sometimes more resembled secret societies or magical orders. We thought it might be interesting to dig into what the differences are between these types of organisations. If nothing else, this may offer some inspiration for how we portray them in our games.







    Once again, we have called upon expert help. Robert Howells is an author and researcher into secret societies. He has written books about the Priory of Sion and the Illuminati, and worked on a number of related television programmes.







    This is a long and discursive discussion, drifting into many esoteric and occult areas, so we have split it into two episodes. Join us in a fortnight for the conclusion, when Rob and Scott tie all of this further into cults and Call of Cthulhu.















    Links







    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * The Order of the Silver Twilight* Inside the Priory of Sion by Robert Howells* The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown* Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln* Watkins Books* Priory of Sion* Alchemy* Sufism* Freemasonry* Order of the Knights Templar* Order of Saint Lazarus* Royal Dragon Court* Freemasons’ Hall* Kabbalism* The Last Pope: Decoding St. Malachy’s Prophecy on the Fall of the Vatican by Robert Howells* The Illuminati: The Counter Culture Revolution-From Secret Societies to Wilkileaks and Anonymous by Robert Howells* Illuminati* Anonymous* Secret Societies* Morality plays















    * Magical orders* Tongs* Lazarus of Bethany* Horus raising Osiris* Isaac Newton and alchemy* a...

    • 54 min
    Three Views of the Weird West part 2

    Three Views of the Weird West part 2

    We’re back and we’re heading down darker trails. We really hope that those are tumbleweeds rolling towards us. That rustling in the sagebrush is making us jumpy too — we’re pretty sure that sagebrush doesn’t usually have that many eyes. For a such a wide-open place, this landscape is getting mighty crowded. Maybe if we read a few passages from this here dime novel Necronomicon we can get through the night without any eldritch varmints making a meal out of us.







    Main Topic: Three Views of the Weird West part 2







    This is the second of two episodes exploring the weird west. Last time, we looked at a couple of other RPGs and what they might be able to teach us about the setting. Now, we’re focusing on the Down Darker Trails supplement for Call of Cthulhu. From our superficial knowledge of the genre, it seems like all this weird west stuff came out of the pulps and Lovecraftian horror, so it’s good to see it moseying on back to its roots.







    We also take a little time to jaw about the general appeal of playing RPGs set in the Old West, as well as how all this weird stuff got mixed into our westerns. Finally, we tie off our discussion by talking about our own experiences of Lovecraftian gaming in the Old West.







    Once again, the lockdown means we recorded this episode remotely. We think we’re getting the hang of this.







    Links







    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * Last of the Summer Wine







    Down Darker Trails







    * Down Darker Trails* “The Mound” by HP Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop* “Valley of the Lost” by Robert E Howard* The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones* Blackfeet people* “Stagecoach” Mary Fields* America’s forgotten black cowboys* Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown* Medicine shows* World War Cthulhu* Deadlands* For a Few Dollars More







    The Appeal of the Old West







    * Donner Pass* Donner Party* Wild West shows* Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir







    The Weird West







    * The weird west on Wikipedia* “The Curse of Yig” by HP Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop* a href="https://en.wikipedia.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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Michaeljc4 ,

This is a great podcast!

I have been playing Call of Cthulhu for almost 40 years. I am very much enjoying this podcast, and getting a glimpse behind the thinking that led the new seventh edition. It is also a lot of fun to hear fellow horror enthusiast talk about ghosts and monsters and cults! It is like sitting at a table with a good friend and having a fun conversation about the hobby that we love. Well done fellas.

kat0529 ,

A dang good pod

I first checked this out while looking for more role play coc and was disappointed that they don't actually run campaigns in this pod. However it's become a favorite of mine. All three hosts are quite knowledgeable and entertaining. Especially enjoy the npc's from history episodes.

Thaumaturge365 ,

Scott sounds like Winnie the Pooh!

I was turning someone on to your podcast —because it’s awesome — when he noted that Scott sounds like Winnie the Pooh. I think he has the perfect voice for horror lulling you into a false sense idyllic comfort before... well, horror.

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