Ancient Horrors in the New World
Chaosium has announced the release date for Fronter Chtulhu -- October 26. This means it is just in time for Halloween. And really, what better than a book about places, people, and things that appear to be one thing, but are another.
There has been much speculation about the contents of the book, even though the table of contents are available. Yes, there are weird westerns to be certain, but there are many other frontiers explored. Perhaps it is best described as Lewis and Clark's untold journey through the cosmic horrors of the New World (add in the the Newfoundland sagas of the Vikings, tales of John Smith, and the legends of Native American Indians with a few other variations). With some luck, the authors might drop by to offer a few answers about the setting of their stories (without giving away to details). And speculation is always welcome.
The book is available from Amazon for pre-order and from Chaosium directly (click on the names to follow the links). Also, the cover here is the final.
Below are all of the important details:
It is only within the last few years that most people have stopped thinking of the West as a new land. I suppose the idea gained ground because our own especial civilisation happens to be new there; but nowadays explorers are digging beneath the surface and bringing up whole chapters of life that rose and fell among these plains and mountains before recorded history began.
—H.P. Lovecraft, “The Mound”
As explorers conquered the frontiers of North America, they disturbed sleeping terrors and things long forgotten by humanity. Journey into the undiscovered country where fierce Vikings struggle against monstrous abominations. Travel with explorers as they learn of buried secrets and the creatures guarding ancient knowledge. Go west across the plains, into the territories were sorcerers dwell in demon-haunted lands, and cowboys confront cosmic horrors.
The Long Road Home by Paul Melniczek
In Waters Black the Lost Ones Sleep by Angeline Hawkes
Where Men Had Seldom Trod by Lee Clark Zumpe
Something to Hold the Door Closed by Lon Prater
Terror from Middle Island by Stephen Mark Rainey & Durant Haire
Children of the Mountain by Stewart Sternberg
They Who Dwell Below by William Jones
Wagon Train for the Star by Scott Lette
Incident at Dagon Wells by Ron Shiflet
Ahiga and the Machine by Robert J. Santa
The Dead Man’s Hand by Jason Andrew
Jedediah Smith and the Undying Chinaman by Charles P. Zaglanis
Snake Oil by Matthew Baugh
Cemetery, Nevada by Tim Curran
The Rider of the Dark by Darrell Schweitzer
William Jones ed., cover art by Steven Gilberts. 272 pages. Trade Paperback.