TDV 96: The Lantern And Its Book

September 30th, 2016 by Sharkchild

While vacationing with friends and family in a remote and beautiful range of densely-forest-covered mountains, I made the bold decision to backpack alone into the wilderness for a night; no one else had the desire or equipment to join me. Being an adventurer, I bought a map, found a region I liked, and decided to trek where there was no trail.

The journey began as peaceful and reinvigorating. The soft light through the trees and the charming sounds of the birds shaped a magical atmosphere that spurred on the best of moods in me; it spurred on a vigorous pace as well. I felt led to certain directional changes like a muse guides a writer. My uncharted path was art and my feet were the brush strokes of a wondrous creation.

In the midst of this outdoorsman stupor, I neglected to pick up a foot as far as it needed and caught an outcrop of rock. I lost my balance, stumbled over the side of a crag, and fell upon ground that gave way beneath my impact, sending me into the darkness of a hidden cavern.


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Winners will be chosen at random (at from the entrants after the cutoff at 10:00PM PST and will be announced by Sharkchild via email and on this post within 24 hours after the end of the contest.

The winners can be anywhere in the world! The winners must be at least 13 years of age. A winner must respond to Sharkchild’s email within five (5) days to claim a prize.


54 Responses to “TDV 96: The Lantern And Its Book”

  1. avatar Paolo Says:


  2. avatar NaGeL Says:

    when will Vol 3 of your book dark verse come out?

  3. avatar robert fontenot Says:


  4. avatar Michael W. Says:

    Hey now!

  5. avatar Dennis Bramich Says:

    Trying my luck as always

  6. avatar Jesper Lillie Says:

    More inspiration for my next rpg. And what a beautiful book!

  7. avatar Kyl Says:

    Keep it up! We love you!

  8. avatar Daniel Rose Says:

    I’m going to get this book one day! Love y’all!

  9. avatar Chris Loeffler Says:

    Got on your list through buying all 3 DV books on KS, now I discovered this… cool!

  10. avatar Nenad Says:

    Its my turn 🙂

  11. avatar Gado Says:


  12. avatar Dim Says:

    My Cthulhu, it’s LOVECRAFT!!!

  13. avatar Felipe Says:


  14. avatar Michelle Says:

    I want it!

  15. avatar Kelvin Says:

    Need this book!!

  16. avatar Joe Roseberry Says:

    I can has?

  17. avatar Nico Miguel Says:

    Give me give me!

  18. avatar Zoe Says:

    *very grabby hands*

  19. avatar westofthemoonillustration Says:

    Excellent as usual. I really enjoy your work!

  20. avatar Rob Says:

    Cool, if I win I will read Lovecraft in a cave!!!

  21. avatar Lucky Says:


  22. avatar Jorge Mombiela Says:

    I want it!!!

  23. avatar Aleksandr Says:


  24. avatar BUDDY HERNANDEZ Says:

    Thank you for TDV … and really love the books!!!

  25. avatar Justin Reever Says:

    Okay, definitely entering this giveaway. Really been looking at getting a copy of Lovecraft’s stories. *crosse fingers*

  26. avatar Eric Says:

    I need it!

  27. avatar Kyle Says:

    Hell yeah! *fingers crossed*

  28. avatar Cylis Says:


  29. avatar Jackie Says:

    Entering the comp, love a good dash of Lovecraft

  30. avatar Mary Canada Says:

    Entered! Looking forward to going through your podcasts as well, thank you for posting this on the HPLHS!

  31. avatar Robert Says:

    Lovecraft the genesis of horror with elegant style, like our works.

  32. avatar Floyd liff Says:

    Lovee the stories

  33. avatar BuddyBoyLA Says:

    Nothing says Happy Halloween quite like a Lovecraftian tale!

  34. avatar Justin Burgess Says:

    Yeah, entered, but hey, I’m just glad that you’re still putting out great stuff. Keep it up and keep expanding your digital ventures!

  35. avatar Chris Says:

    Another great giveaway! Cheers!

  36. avatar Cole Says:

    One can only hope

  37. avatar Tiephaine Says:

    Alwas supporting you! 🙂

  38. avatar Brian Kulbaba Says:

    Love it

  39. avatar LDP Says:

    Happy 1st of Halloween!

  40. avatar Lubrioz Says:

    Good Luck everyone.

  41. avatar William Wennberg Says:

    Here goes!

  42. avatar Razbaque Dirge Says:

    Support Artists… support art… support Magicians… support magic. Art is magic. 8)>

  43. avatar Medore R uiz Says:

    I wanna win!!! Good luck everyone 🙂

  44. avatar Kelsey Anderson Says:

    Come on lucky star.

  45. avatar Cullen Gilchrist Says:

    *grabby hands*

  46. avatar Jim Says:

    The Lovecraft collection is a handsome volume. I recommend checking it out even if you don’t win it here. Barnes & Nobles has it.

    The H.P. Lovecraft Historical society has a free prop download of a Miskatonic U. library book conversion kit to add a library pocket & due date cards to your book. (click my name for the URL)

  47. avatar Winnie Says:

    Good luck!

  48. avatar Linda Says:


  49. avatar Linda Flynn Says:

    My son wants this bad

  50. avatar Holly Monroe Says:

    Awesome podcast as always!

  51. avatar Guy Says:

    Always great giveaways, and great fiction!

  52. avatar dejapris Says:

    Comment #1 will win again 🙁

  53. avatar Shelby Baker Says:

    Fingers crossed…that I’m not too late, since it’s definitely after 10pm in Texas… ;>

  54. avatar Hutchings Rob Says:

    Would love this

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