Author Archives: Kenneth Hite

Call of Chicago: The Re-namable

“Like all decadents he was exquisitely sensitive to the color and atmosphere and names of things …” — H.P. Lovecraft, “Medusa’s Coil” Much of the ironic entertainment of playing in Lovecraft’s universe comes from playing, well, in Lovecraft’s universe, or at least his Earth. Specifically, from playing with his names. And not just the Big […]

Call of Chicago: Nemesis in GREEN

Oh, great was the sin of my spirit, And great is the reach of its doom; Not the pity of Heaven can cheer it, Nor can respite be found in the tomb: Down the infinite aeons come beating the wings of unmerciful gloom. — H.P. Lovecraft, “Nemesis” The ancient Greek goddess Nemesis existed to “give […]

Call of Chicago: Department of New Departments

With The Fall of Delta Green having psychedelically burst onto the shelves of finer game stores everywhere and indeed of this very site, this column keeps on bursting the covers of that already overfull tome. This time, rather than throw more weird story meat out there for the Handler, it’s time to give the players […]

Call of Chicago: Sous les Pavés, Carcosa!

“They have no time to think of surrender. Are they heroes — these Parisians?” — Robert W. Chambers, “The Street of the First Shell” (1895) Right about now, just about fifty years ago as I write this, France had no functioning government. I mean, more than usual. Charles de Gaulle, President of France for the […]

Call of Chicago: Assassination Station

I’ll wager we have some readers who can (unlike your humble correspondent) answer the question “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” But can your Fall of DELTA GREEN Agents answer that question? How about when the other Kennedy was shot? When Dr. King was shot? Malcolm X? Ngo Dinh Diem? Medgar Evers? George Lincoln […]

Call of Chicago: UFO Crash Crash Recovery

29 May: [Royal Nepalese Army] gives three objects to [REDACTED] and tells [REDACTED] that a complete nose cone (fourth object) exists but cannot be seen — US Embassy Nepal, Defense Attache Office report, 23 July 1968 On the night of 25 March 1968, something unknown crashed into Nepal from outer space. Project MOON DUST was […]

Call of Chicago: Tet Sematary

“Crack the Sky, Shake the Earth” — North Vietnamese coded message launching the Tet Offensive Fifty years ago today, the Viet Cong broke its own back by launching the “Tet Offensive” against Saigon, Hué, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Pleiku, every provincial capital (36 cities), and all major US bases in South Vietnam. Between 30 January […]

Call of Chicago: Building the Mystery Block by Byock

It might take more than one swallow to make a summer, he said from a city where it would take about eighty Fahrenheit degrees along with any number of migratory birds to make it summer right now. But it only takes one monster to make a mystery. That, at least, is the thesis, or among […]

Call of Chicago: The Hoffman Working

No need to build a stage, it was all around us. Props would be simple and obvious. We would hurl ourselves across the canvas of society like streaks of splattered paint. Highly visual images would become news, and rumor-mongers would rush to spread the excited word. … Once we acknowledged the universe as theater and accepted […]

Call of Chicago: H.P. H.P. Halloween

“Then Hallowe’en drew near, and the settlers planned another frolic—this time, had they but known it, of a lineage older than even agriculture; the dread Witch-Sabbath of the primal pre-Aryans, kept alive through ages in the midnight blackness of secret woods, and still hinting at vague terrors under its latter-day mask of comedy and lightness.” […]

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