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Announcing the Ghouls of the Miskatonic Ally Card for Arkham Horror
The Dark Waters Trilogy | Published 27 June 2011

Want Oliver Grayson to join your fight in Arkham Horror? Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce the Ghouls of the Miskatonic Ally Card!

An Ally appears

Now is your chance to add this stoic professor to your games of Arkham Horror straight out of the pages of Ghouls of the Miskatonic. Your copy of Ghouls of the Miskatonic will feature a back of the book insert that you can fill out and mail in for Oliver’s exclusive Ally card. This offer excludes electronic copies and is available only to customers who pick up the paperback version.

Simply follow the directions on the back of the book insert to receive your exclusive Oliver Grayson Ally card for Arkham Horror. As an Ally Oliver will take you under his protection and use his recent anthropological findings to aid you with Evade checks.

Mystery, horror, and suspense

Ghouls of the Miskatonic is the first novel in The Dark Waters Trilogy, written by New York Times bestselling author Graham McNeill. Miskatonic University professor Oliver Grayson is attempting to return his former colleague’s sanity. Meanwhile the sanity of his student, Amanda, is threatened by nightly dreams of a figure beyond human conception stirring in the fathomless depths of the ocean. Then the appearance of butchered bodies around town brings a cast of familiar Arkham Horror characters into the investigation, just in time to witness a series of bizarre and unexplainable events that culminate in a cataclysmic discovery.

Don’t miss out on more previews in the coming weeks, and pre-order Ghouls of the Miskatonic today!

The Dark Waters Trilogy is a gripping new series from best-selling novelist Graham McNeill.

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Published: 8/24/2011 3:08:57 AM

Got my book today!  Good news, it says $1.99 S&H for USA and CA, and $2.99 for international.

Published: 7/25/2011 12:05:03 AM

This offer will be available for international purchasers, right? I've had it pre-ordered at Amazon from the moment it's product page popped up there.

Published: 6/29/2011 7:33:28 PM

BOOOOOO on not supporting e-books with this offer. Guess I won't be taking FFG up on it.

Published: 6/28/2011 2:16:51 PM

 I like the idea of this. It's really a win-win for any fan of Arkham. Now, let's see novels about the lands of Talisman and Terrinoth. We could use some bonus content! :)

Published: 6/28/2011 12:48:32 PM

If this redemption offer is available internationally consider the book sold.

I'm an Arkham Horror completist so will be buying this for the ally card and the free novel is a bonus.

Published: 6/28/2011 11:28:12 AM

@ Thrift Thopter 

I feel like you are thinking too hard about this. Lovecraft wrote a series of short stories that, as The Broasted points out, has no cannon. Just pick up any Lovecraft collection and start reading. Don't worry about getting "THE BEST" collection. Just look on Amazon, grab one and go!

The book featured here published by FFG will use the character and settings found in Arhkham Horror to tell a new story, not an continuation of any previously published story. Or another way to put it, its Arhkham Horror the novel.

Thrift Thopter
Published: 6/28/2011 11:16:28 AM

 @ The Broasted




I saw that book  when I looked at my area's library catalog system, when I looked up the books Jake yet again and Farin suggested, but I'm glad you brought it up. Which stories are in that book, and do you know where I can find a list of the stories in other such collections?


Also,  I didn't mean contradiction was necessarily entirely a bad thing. I was thinking more along the lines of McNeil changing and lengthening Cthulhu's story. Not to the point where it would be completely different from Lovecraft's story, but more so that it would be more like the story does in Arkham Horror. 

The Broasted
Published: 6/28/2011 9:31:46 AM

@ Thrift Thopter

Lovecraft's works are primarily short stories or novella, and they are at best loosely linked by the Mythos Cycle. All of them are highly enjoyable, and do not require prior reading by the reader to enjoy. However, Lovecraft does drop in some element that increase the dedicated reader’s satisfaction, such as references to characters or events that transpire in other stories.

I wouldn’t worry too much about Graham McNeill ruining anything for you or contradicting Lovecraft’s style or Mythos. Mr. McNeill is an accomplished writer and I’m sure he has done his due diligence in creating a story in keeping with those produced by Mr. Lovecraft.

Also, don’t work too much about breaks from the “canon” storyline. Given the short story structure of his works, Lovecraft himself contradicts his "canon" storyline in several cases. But, since the stories tend to be told in first person, this can be chalked up to the perception of the narrator.

If you are looking to read up on Mr. Lovecraft’s works, I suggest picking up The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (published by Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics). It is a very good selection of his works and includes analysis and note by S. T. Joshi, the preeminent Lovecraft scholar.

Hope this helps and welcome to the Mythos!

Thrift Thopter
Published: 6/28/2011 9:07:01 AM

 @ Jake yet again and Farin




I looked up the books you mentioned. I think I will go with Dagon first. Does Dagon-Shadow Over Innsmouth-Call of Cthulhu sound like a reasonable order? The people of Innsmouth worship Dagon, so, would that order be a good transition, or was Jake telling me to read Call of Cthulhu first, as Innsmouth might refer to it?


Also, are you telling me I want to read those three books before I read The Dark Waters Trilogy, or will the trilogy not spoil Lovecraft's stories?


As a side note, while looking up the books, I came across a list of locations that included the town Aylesbury, with Dunwich, Kingsport, and Innmouth. Did Lovecraft go into enough depth on Aylesbury to hope for an "Aylesbury Horror," or does the release of Miskatonic Horror signify there will probably be no more new towns?

Published: 6/28/2011 8:37:52 AM

to add to Jake yet again's comment for Thrift Thopter:  I like Dagon personally for a starting point as it was the first work he wrote as adult and was most people's (at the time) starting point so it felt good to me :)

Published: 6/28/2011 7:59:17 AM


Jake yet again
Published: 6/28/2011 6:28:13 AM

Thrift Thopter.

I'd start with The Call of Cthulhu and The Shadow Over Innsmouth. You should be able to find some works of Lovecraft on Project Gutenburg.

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