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Book excerpt: the New England Ghoul

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Download a PDF description of the New England Ghoul

Habits and Habitat: The inspiration be-
hind the infamous artwork of its discoverer,
Richard Pickman, this species is known for
its nocturnal carrion feeding habits and is
a common sight in poorly guarded grave-
yards. It will not attack a living creature
unless provoked or threatened. The New
England Ghoul prefers to consume human
corpses although it does not gain suste-
nance from eating. They appear to sufer a
complete obsession with consuming dead
human flesh…(read the pdf for the full write up)

Behind the scenes: This species is inspired by the work of H.P. Lovecraft. In particular, his short story, Pickman’s Model mentions a race of underground ghouls that feed on the dead. The ghouls later became a staple of the role playing game Call of Cthulhu. In a supplement to the game, Delta Green, a war between two factions of ghouls breaks out under the streets of New York City. The traditionalists want to remain scavengers, eating only the dead while the heretics want to become hunters – killing human prey themselves.

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