Friday, August 28, 2015
Friday Night Videos: Haunted House
I love horror of course but this dream was quite the horror story.
Over the years I come to call it my "Very Haunted House".
Of course I had to turn it into adventure. So I am running it for the first time tomorrow!
Here are some musical inspiration for the adventure. No. I am not going to play Ghostbusters or Thriller.
I have mentioned many times about how much I enjoy the music of Eric Burdon and the Animals. "House of the Rising Sun" is top of my list of not just Animals songs, but all songs. I have featured it many times in many adventures.
Back in High School and College Genesis was a big deal. Not the Peter Gabriel version, but the later pop friendly Phil Collins version. "Home By the Sea" is about a house full of ghosts. It maid it's way into "Ghosts of Albion: Blight" and now in my new adventure too.
Growing up in the midwest in the 80s it was not possible to turn on the radio and not hear the Eagles. "Hotel California" is not their best song. It's not even a great song. But it is ubiquitous and it is evocative of Hell. Thus it always stuck with me.
Too Much Joy was the ultimate College band when I was in Grad School. They are fun, they sing about things that college guys like, namely drinking, girls, drugs and girls. "Sort of Haunted House" is not a song about a real haunted house. It's about a breakup, but when I was having this nightmare this was the song that was always on. BTW I am sure the nightmare was stress related due to defending my thesis, breaking up with my crazy ex girl friend, moving up with my new girlfriend. So in a way it fits. Plus like my haunted house this one has a "ghost in every room". One of many great hits of the critically ignored Munity.
I don't have a lot to say about Rockwell. His "Somebody's Watching Me" makes for a crazy paranoid one hit wonder. Notable because Michael Jackson sang backup on the track. But the video is properly creepy and that's a plus.
"Shadows of the Night" by Pat Benatar from her wildly popular Get Nervous album is not about ghosts. But don't tell that to my 12 year old self listening to it while rereading the Cook/Marsh Expert book. Shadows of the night were real shadows, as in the monster that could be turned in AD&D but not in D&D. For years I have always wanted to use this song. So this adventure reintroduces a similar monster, the Memento Mori.
Another song that featured prominently in Ghosts of Albion: Blight is the ethereal voice of Loreena McKennitt. "The Old Ways" features a woman and her evening spent with a ghost, or maybe it was an old druid. Either way a gulf of time separates them. From the haunting The Visit.