The Id of the Moon-Soaked Lagoon
I'm hard at work bringing together The Feast of Horned Hall, Intrigue's next mystery. I've already shown you all the main characters for that mystery, so the remaining work is very spoiler heavy. Since I can't show you anything new there while you wait for the mystery to come out, I'll just have to show you what's on the schedule for the mystery after that. I'm excited to get started on The Id of the Moon-soaked Lagoon.
The Id of the Moon-Soaked Lagoon is a murder mystery that has been poking around in my brain for a while. I've been wanting to write a classic "roaring 20's" murder mystery since the beginning. Most mysteries set in that time tend to focus on prohibition, gangsters, and Great Gatsby style parties with flappers and all that. While that type of environment is indeed the perfect setting for a murder mystery (it really is quite popular), there is another source of Intrigue set in that era that I find to be even more mysterious, terrifying, and fun- The Call of Cthulhu.
H.P. Lovecraft's stories , including The Call of Cthulhu, all deal with ancient forgotten knowledge whose discovery leads it's discoverer straight to madness. It's dark, gritty, and uniquely horrifying. Since it is set in the 1920's, its a great source to use for inspiration for a 1920's genre busting mystery. I'm not exactly sure how I'll turn this into a drinking game, but I can solve that problem when I to it. For now, I am going to try to combine the light-hearted cozy murder mystery style of a party game with the existential dread created by Lovecraftian horror into one ridiculously fun story. Over the next several weeks we'll Investigate the people involved and see how they came to know...The Id of the Moon-soaked Lagoon
PROFESSOR JULIAN ALTEFORE
Julian Altefore - Professor of Classical Mythology at University of Concord
Most students, and even most professors don't bother going to the fifth floor of the library at the aged University of Concord. Of those that do, even fewer beg the old librarian for the key to the restricted section of books both inappropriate and long forgotten. Professor Julian Altefore may have been the only one to stumble upon the University's single copy - perhaps the only copy in all of the Western World - of that hidden book. The Macabre Tome, called so because of its ancient and bizarre text and disturbing illustrations, is a veritable cookbook of ancient spells and long-lost rites and rituals. Thankfully for those of us who wish not to delve into knowledge better left untouched, it's language is peculiar and cryptic. Altefore's tenure is being tested by his utter commitment to interpreting the tome. By forgoing research, his students, and even meals, he is coming close. A single translated passage on a torn sheet stuffed among the pages references a creature so vile and evil that it was locked away by ancient gods and points to the place on the southern edge of the United States where an ancient cult worships the un-named beast. A town called Cocoderie.