simon berman

Personal glyph for a high-level Patreon patron, combining multiple symbols and meanings described to me by the patron.

Changes to the patron reward levels are coming in July, and more opportunities for getting personal glyphs as a pledge reward will open up, as well as new patron rewards. Meantime, if you have inquiries about personal glyph commissions (not problem glyphs, which cannot be commissioned!) please contact my business manager, Simon Berman, at berman.simon@gmail.com.

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Black Hole Wizard emotive worksheet #2, featuring an early run at a design for an important future character and a suite of different hair/beard/headphone options, although we’re pretty set on the ammonite earcups at this point, it being a happy medium between something dumb that Simon “suggested” and my other, much better idea.

I’m developing serious affection for this character, to be perfectly honest.  I mean let’s bypass for a minute that he’s finely crafted to my own personal dogwhistle specifications, with a few exceptions (that beard, for example, is just silly) and talk about how drawing the same face over and over again with the intent to create something real is a kind of prayer wheel process with its own tooth-gritting exultation.

here’s the reference image i took of myself for the “fizzled spell”.

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The Book of Starry Wisdom

The Book of Starry Wisdom 

For the last six months I’ve been sweating over this weird labor of love. Ever since I was a teenager I’ve been fan of H.P. Lovecraft’s writing and The Book of Starry Wisdom is my small way of tending to his legacy. I’ve always wanted to hold a tome of Lovecraft’s works that felt as ominous and storied as the Necromicon, so, I’ve decided to make one.

The Book of Starry Wisdom compiles newly edited editions of H.P. Lovecraft’s cycle of Cthulhu stories, illustrated by renowned deific and fantasy artist, Valerie Herron, and featuring the depraved sculptural work of artist, Jason Soles.

Accompanied by essays and musings by some of today’s premiere Lovecraftian scholars, writers, and devotees, the Book of Starry Wisdom will be a luxurious hardback tome, featuring a leather textured cover, gold foil pressed symbols of significance to the Cult of Cthulhu, as well as other features to be unlocked as the Kickstarter meets its goals. This high end volume will be a stunning addition to the library of any enthusiast of H.P. Lovecraft or worshipper of Dead Cthulhu Who Lies Dreaming.

Produced and edited by writer Simon Berman (WARMACHINE, HORDES, Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Roleplaying Game, and Unhallowed Metropolis), The Book of Starry Wisdom will contain:

H.P. Lovecraft’s original stories:
Dagon
The Call of Cthulhu
The Shadow Over Innsmouth

And newly unearthed essays and mad ravings that blur the line between fact and fiction, science and madness. Contributors include:

Adam Scott Glancy (Delta Green)
Orrin Grey (Never Bet the Devil & Other Warnings, Painted Monsters & Other Strange Beasts)
Leanna Renee Hieber (Strangely Beautiful, The Eterna Files)
Ann Koi (Honor & Sacrifice: Tribes of Heaven)
C.A. Suleiman (Mummy, the Curse)
Molly Tanzer (Vermillion, A Pretty Mouth)
Thom Truelove (Surfing the Zeitgeist)
Bryan Thao Worra (On the Other Side of the Eye)

The Kickstarter has been running for less than two weeks and is already over 50% funded. As a “thank you,” here’s a little sneak peek of the original R’lyeh typeset I’ve commissioned for the project. Thanks so much for your support in bringing this foulness into our world.