Batman (1989): Jack’s Playing Cards

During the film, Jack Napier plays with a deck of cards:

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Alien (1979): Nostromo Crew Shoes

Screencaps & discussion of the Nostromo crew’s ‘indoor’ shoes, not the EVA suit boots. Please click through the jump below:

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Beyond “From Beyond” – an RPG Scenario Sketch

…In reply to my question Tillinghast mumbled that this permanent glow was not electrical in any sense that I could understand… – H. P. Lovecraft, “From Beyond,” 1920.

“Permanent”? Hmm…

“–she turned on the lights downstairs after I had warned her not to, and the wires picked up sympathetic vibrations.”

I would argue that the ‘permanent’ glow and the ‘sympathetic vibrations’ in the electrical wiring of the house are hooks upon which one could hang a sequel scenario: Let us suppose (for the purposes of fun) that Crawford’s machine isn’t just permanently ‘charged,’ but the entire house is in fact now a permanent tear in the fabric of reality:

  1. That once activated (perhaps in its improved, final state), the machine can somehow function without current, (though perhaps at a lower level of effect). Like using an electro-magnet to create a permanent magnet.
  2. That the wiring in the house, once accidentally tuned to the vibrations of the improved machine, could also create a ‘permanent’, low-level effect.

All this being said, and since these events take place in November of 1920 (early in the Golden Age), perhaps one could plot a return to “the ancient, lonely house set back from Benevolent Street.”

Crawford is dead, so the house could pass to his distant relation (perhaps a PC or NPC), or be taken by the city. Either could then experience strange goings-on and call for some investigation. I’d really like to give the PCs the red herring of a ‘traditional’ haunted house set-up, but then have them discover (perhaps through library use or interviewing neighbors) this is the old Tillinghast place, where the alleged hypnotism murders took place years ago, etc.

Maybe the ‘ghosts’ only appear when the lights are on? Perhaps the old wiring is being brought up to code, or the voltage has recently changed (or will change), increasing the effect?

“Parts of Boston, Massachusetts along Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue still used 110 volts DC in the 1960s…” –Wikipedia

Perhaps, with these electrical infrastructure changes, the ‘Tillinghast effect’ could bleed  out from the house, along the power grid, and affect the entire city?

Puerto Rico Relief via Lovecraft Raffle

Help raise money for the Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Puerto Rico hurricane relief program by buying a raffle ticket from the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, and get a chance to win a rare Cthulhu idol:

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The Hounds of Tindalos: Reconstructed Timeline of Events

This is my attempt at a chronological list of events mentioned in Frank Belknap Long’s short story, “The Hounds of Tindalos.” I am including the events of the ‘present’ only – not those mentioned as being in the distant past.

Here be spoilers:

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Blade Runner (1982): Kirin Beer Bottle

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Among its many smaller enigmas, the original BR is a forest of mysterious bottles used as props and set dressing. Foremost among these are the 2019 Johnny Walker Black Label bottle and the Smirnoff de Czar bottles, but there are others. One is the elusive, tall ‘craft bottle,’ the labels of which recently turned up at auction. But this post is about another bottle, buried deep in the background: a Kirin beer bottle.

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