Gaming Lessons From the Fiction of Stephen King

I first discovered Stephen King’s fiction in high school in the late 1980s. My mother read his works when he first began gaining popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. And my youngest daughter has discovered his fiction as well. In Freshman English at UConn I felt the need to apologize for liking his works—it was…

Technology in Horror Games

As someone who plays a lot of Call of Cthulhu, I’ve gotten to know the 1920s (and the 1910s and 30s) rather well. Why is the game in that era? As I recall, initially Sandy Petersen wanted to set the game in the modern-day (which was then the 1980s) but instead Chaosium made the decision…

Editor’s Desk: Domains Horror Roleplaying

Our friends at Ordoalea Publishing are trying something a little different to crowdfund their first-ever roleplaying game, Domains Horror Roleplaying. They are currently trying to crowdfund directly through DriveThruRPG and getting the word out via social media. This is a very different approach and we wish them success. We’re encouraging everyone to head over there…

Mysterious Monday – 5 Plot Hooks for Your Next Game

I have decided the time was right for another of my very infrequent installment of Mysterious Monday. Over the past several years I have published these infrequent installments of short story seeds, often at times creepy, for you to use as you see fit. If you enjoy reading these or put any of them to…

Peter Haining Presents the Freak Show

Peter Haining presents the FREAK SHOW Freaks, Monsters, Ghouls etc. by Masters of the Macabre Edited by: Peter Haining Pages: 240 Published: 1970 Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc. Amazon: Price may vary Freak shows and carnival acts are all but extinct, but their legacy lives on through Peter Haining presents the FREAK SHOW: Freaks, Monsters, Ghouls,…

Cthulhu Dark – Looking into the Darkest Corners

Cthulhu Dark Author: Graham Walmsley Publisher: Graham Walmsley Page Count: 4 (original version) or 200 (expanded version) Available Formats: PDF and print PDF (catchyourhare) – Free PDF (IPR) – $21.00 Print+PDF (IPR) – $43.00 H.P. Lovecraft’s “cosmic horror” genre has another of RPGs that seek to emulate it. Obviously, there is Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu…

The Little Devil Within — Why I love the horror genre

February is the month of love and here at Rolling Boxcars, we decided to write about a genre we love with guidance from our patrons, horror. Horror is defined in the dictionary as a painful and intense fear, aversion or repugnance. When used as an adjective it’s the feeling of dread or dismay. What about horror…