Wednesday, 12 June 2013

M.R. James

Mark Gatiss revives A Ghost Story For Christmas at the BBC, using his powers for good again, with a new M.R. James adaptation, The Tractate Middoth.

I’ve written a bit about James here before, as well as my first non-review RPG magazine article about using his work as horror game inspiration, and make him a Watcher in the backstory of The Watch House, about training them at his Cambridge college.

With his heavily researched hauntings and handout-friendly quotations, he could easily inspire something for Cthulhu, as he inspired Lovecraft. He didn’t create a recurring “mythos”, but mostly unique horrors, with some recurring motifs and lessons to learn about not raising up what you can’t put down...

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