You don't have to be a fan of 20th-century horror writer H.P. Lovecraft to appreciate the ingenuity behind The Miskatonic Papers, the imaginative and painstakingly produced letterpress book launched last week on Kickstarter and inspired by Lovecraft's work.
It's not a book in any traditional format. "It's like breaking open a time capsule and trying to figure out what happened over 100 years ago on an expedition to the Tunguska region of Siberia," says designer and printer Todd Thyberg, whose prior creations are included in over 30 museums and university library special collections.
Cryptic telegrams (in Morse code, as telegrams used to be), partially burned stationery hinting at some grim fate, and letters with cunningly executed vintage-looking postmarks are among more than fifty "artifacts" that comprise this treasure trove. Each was designed and printed on a 1950s era letterpress. There’s also a chunky cast resin fragment spelling out a warning in the Cthulhic language, which Thyberg invented for this purpose. (We said he was painstaking.)
Dive in the dark adventure here if you dare.