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Call of Cthulhu – The Harlotville Horror

Since the Hobbs Oil Strike of 1927, Dr. Adam Silverberg, a history professor at the University of New Mexico, had been doing research in the hopes of finding the location of another huge oil field and making some extra money on the side. In the spring of 1928, he stumbled across something that seemed to bear fruit.

The information he’d found was an account of a ghost town in the western part of the state in the Plains of San Augustine. The town was called Harlotville and what he could piece together was that it was settled in 1825 by a group of prostitutes headed west to make a better life for themselves. There was some trouble with a wagon and the harlots made a home where they found a spring in the desert. Over the next 20 years, enough people (mostly men) migrated to the area and stayed that it actually became a town. The town no longer existed. During the Mexican American War, everyone was either killed in the town or fled.

By the early summer of 1928, Silverberg had contacted the Midwest Refining Company, the same company that had made the Hobbs Oil Strike of the year before in eastern New Mexico. That had put him in contact with a vice president of the company, one Roger Stanford. An expedition was set up to investigate the site.

On April 26, 2014, at NerdCon 2014 at Appalachian State University, I ran the original Call of Cthulhu scenario “The Harlotville Horror.” My players were Teri, James, John, Katie, Caitlin, and Logan.

The Role Playing Journals of the game session can be found here:


A playlist of seven videos of the game session can be found here:


(D20 Call of Cthulhu) GrumbleHammer Eldritch Investigations: The Carrigan Case

“First steps into a much larger world. The investigators begin the new decade with a case as simple as they come, how ever little do they know that something brews beneath there feet, a mystery that will spark a journey into darkness and wonder…”

A few of my buddies came to me wanting to run a 1920’s investigative horror game after I showed them the Call of Cthulhu D20 book I had recently bought. This is the first session of an ongoing “campaign” that has, forgotten secrets, horror, and pulp story attitude.

GM: Chris


Aaron- Dimitri Grumblewitz

Nathan- Jericho Lichthammer

Spirit of the Century: DOCTOR LAZARUS AND THE END OF TIME Episode 2

Join JULIUS JEWELS, MIRIAM “SMITH”, DAISY DUBOIS and the enigmatic EVANGELINE LEE as they are drawn deeper into the devious designs of DOCTOR LAZARUS! MARVEL as they navigate an UNSTABLE TIME LOOP! THRILL at the heart-pounding car chase through NEW YORK! GUFFAW as you listen to the result of OPERATION IMPENDING BEAR!


Join JULIUS JEWELS, MIRIAM “SMITH”, and DAISY DUBOIS as they are exposed to the first stirrings of the plan of the dastardly DOCTOR LAZARUS!  THRILL as they duel his MAFIA GOONS!  CHILL as his TEMPORAL POWERS are shown!  LAUGH as some pretty silly stuff happens with a CHARIOT and a SALAD!

Call of Cthulhu: The Haunting?

According to the Call of Cthulhu core rulebook, more players have played The Haunting than any other adventure. It’s been published in the core rulebook since the very beginning, with incremental changes here and there as the game has aged. It’s simple, short, and if run by an experienced keeper? Terrifying.