Philo Monstrum

Monsters arise from the boundary between this reality and the others. They are markers on the roadway that stretches from the mundane to the cosmic. Some roll and fall into the chasms of those foreign dimensions -- waiting for us to find them -- while others have been scattered about our world to bring tumult and love and misery and fear, because these things give them pleasure and sustain their material bodies.

Monsters change slowly or very quickly or never. Their occult metabolism is different than our steady growth and decline. It is a crooked sine-wave evolution from the serpent to the Dragon.

Most monsters hatch from eggs.

Maidens are often sacrificed to powerful monsters because their flesh tastes better than that of crones, and infants are tawdry nibblings compared to the succulent plumpness of a well-fed woman-child. Monsters are connoisseurs of mouth-feel.

Monsters conceal themselves from the light because in darkness there is protection from Reason. Light reveals their true forms and so denudes them of their monstrosity. 

Music | Another Green/Brown World

Brian Eno, "Another Green World"

COIL, "Another Brown World"

Mix/Remix | Bad Channel's "Wild Work" worked upon by Memorecks




Xothique | Like Zothique but Smith-y-er

1. This is free to do whatever with.

2. This is not canonical Zothique -- it's an expansion of the setting based on ideas from Lin Carter's map and bits found in Clark Ashton Smith's black book.

3. I will make a version with a large quadrille grid; each quadrant could potentially correspond to a detailed hexmap -- a la JG's Wilderlands.


Zothique | New map based on Carter's original

This is very broad map of the Earth's last continent, its sub-continental neighbor Cyntrom and surrounding isles. Based on the Lin Carter original (see below) found in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series' Zothique.

Lin Carter's original
Gorgonmilk's take