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Month: January 2015

Trench Warfare: Comedy Gold

I’ve been working for Microsoft since March of 2008. A lot of water has passed under that bridge, but an oddball highlight was the time I convinced them to finance a comedy radio serial about trench warfare.

It was all to promote an Xbox LIVE Arcade game called Toy Soldiers. To do the job, I hired the very talented folks at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, old friends of mine who have produced a number of audio dramas and some excellent short films. We worked on the script together and they produced the serial in three parts. It’s quite silly, and I think it’s still a lot of fun.

My Dad spent his career as a radio announcer so I grew up around a radio station, immersed in the technology and the history of radio. I wrote and produced a number of short radio dramas as a kid using the station’s recording studios, so this project was a natural one for me. We had a great time making it. Did it meaningfully impact the sales of the game? Well, maybe not, but if you aren’t having fun then you’re doing it wrong.

“With some imagination, we could turn war into something everyone could enjoy!”

My KIY novella has been reprinted

Cyaegha #12

Fourteen years ago I published my King in Yellow novella Sosostris through Armitage House in a 100-copy limited-edition chapbook. It was the culmination of a decade of KiY rumination and experimentation that included two other Armitage House chapbooks, Broadalbin and Ambrose. Sooner or later I’ll get around to revising and reprinting the trilogy, but at least Sosostris has returned, albeit in an even more limited form.

Graeme Phillips is the Scottish publisher of the Cthulhu small press zine Cyaegha. The new issue, #12, reprints Sosostris for the first time since our chapbook. Cyaegha is limited to just 75 copies, however, so if you want one you should visit his website promptly and place your order.