So as a writer of short stories I can imagine a hole in another writers schemes or an RPG players games (although to the latter I wouldn’t know) that result from “Writers Block.” so if it could be referenced in the future please write your methods (not ideas or story partials but methods) of coming up with stories. These are my methods for stories and ideas…
1. Taping– A method I probably didn’t invent but I have named. Here’s how to Tape. First come up with a character (something usually underdeveloped in Lovecraft’s lore) like say . . . . . .
Silver John was a character based on Johnny Cash that was both a veteran of the Korean war and an expert of Ozark folklore and cult practices of the south.
He was a homeless drifter and of the Loner Hero Archetype and in the book “The Elder Gods Awaken” he encounters Raven Mockers. A Cherokee witch that can transform into a being similar to a Shadow Person that caws like a raven. In human form it resembles an elderly or downtrodden woman that lies mourning and weeping but if startled will attack. Now there’s an entity I’ld like to see (esp. since I am a southerner)
But we can’t steal the whole Idea so let’s borrow another Concept.
Jerusalem’s lot, Silent Hill, The Hitch Hiker TV series and The Willows.
Jerusalem’s’ Lot by Stephan King was a small town (I think) where an inbreed cult follow the orders of an old man dedicated to finding the “Mysterries De Vermiis” a lovecraftian arcane literature piece from the Fallen Church that he’s afraid to enter. I like this story despite it’s prejudiced view of the south and it’s inbreeding. It’s not our sisters we’re after down here, It’s our cousins. But all joking aside let’s look at the second concept, silent hill.
In the video game silent hill you wind up in a town where the other-worlds bleed through. You take the drifting narrator of The Hitch Hiker and through in the strangeness of Algernon Blackwood’s The Willows and while we’re at it a little of Robert Bloch’s “Notebook found in a deserted house” and changing the names, descriptions, and appearances of the concepts taken you have the following.
A southern drifter and veteran of the mythos and delta green is drifting along the Highway when he finds himself being picked up by a trucker. After the trucker is killed in the following accident, the drifter finds himself in a strange 50’s ghost town where he finds the abandoned notebook of a twelve year old boy that tells the story of what happened to the town, albeit from a child’s perspective.
While seeking to solve the riddle himself he encounters Raven Mockers, A strange cult worshiping (and sacrificing to) the strange trees in the town, the cross roads of worlds (From The Willows) as he is being watched by the terrible eyes of sentient trees (could be a Shub-Niggurath tie in there), and another alternate realm of mist (Silent Hill) and eventually . . .
Well you could let me know if you’ld like to hear that story, otherwise I won’t make you sit through it.
Do PLEASE comment on your own methods for CREATING story ideas or if you think the story above was good enough for me to write an extension on.