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Topic: The Carcosa Collection Contest IV - Ye Liveliest Awefulness: The Essential Saltes Challenge
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Apr 14, 2011 08:19AM)

Happy time of Renewal/rebirth/Resurrection - Dark Style!

Good luck - you have until June 5th 2011
Message: Posted by: handa (Apr 14, 2011 11:16AM)
Challenge aside, you just sent the cogs spinning in a very positive direction!

Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Apr 15, 2011 12:31PM)
This one scares ( worries ) me much more than the Belasco Challenge .

Love craft was a master, and he used over 51,000 words to pen this tale.
So I will likewise begin with a single word to start:

On ancient vellum , by the wanderings of an ink drenched scarab, mystic symbols slowly scribed.

Interpreted rather than translated by Abdul - Alhazred, known to men as the Mad Arab.

Truly the servant of the Great Lord.

Nariluggal -Dimmerankia, Nariluggal -Dimmerankia, Nariluggal -Dimmerankia .

Three Seals by the number in order spoken doth ordain, the doer, the dark master , and his name.

For millennia, forbidden wisdom of the Elders remained guarded and unshared.

No sane mortal dared to cross that dark threshold, to peer into the ghastly abyss looming just ahead.

The distance separating Providence and Babylon in ones mind is quickly closed.

There are things, knowledge in this world and in others which no man should ever seek

Things which cannot be controlled or comprehended, only sensed.

Things which launch huge black hounds into a savage howling rage.

Things researched, rediscovered , possibly implimented by one Charles Dexter Ward.

Where is he, how did he escape his asylum cell and get away?

Message: Posted by: Harlequin (Apr 16, 2011 07:16AM)
I'm excited about this challenge. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is one of my favourite HPL stories. I might have to give this one a go.
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Apr 18, 2011 01:14PM)
In the first Carcosa Challenge, much time was spent in search and connections to the color yellow.

In the matter of CDW, it seems Egyptian Blue holds significant information. The color is created ed in part using essential Saltes. Insights whispered by the Black Pharo, or so they say .

Soon Dr. Spektor will have us investigating the entire primary color wheel in the Carcosa Quest.

Message: Posted by: Balaram (Apr 18, 2011 02:50PM)
I won't stop til Octarine--gets tough there, tho.
Message: Posted by: Bob Clayton (Apr 18, 2011 09:46PM)
Could it be? Only the dead know for sure. And they aren't talking. At least not yet...
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Apr 19, 2011 07:45PM)
Yet another color blue has been revealed. It seems as though I am being influenced by Bobby Vinton.

Message: Posted by: handa (Apr 19, 2011 11:48PM)

(It's both genetic and a byproduct of drinking the water for most of my life.)

There, I've Said It Again
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Apr 20, 2011 08:48PM)

Lynch is a Carcosian
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Apr 21, 2011 01:26PM)
It is a slender line which separates science from sacrilege.

Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Apr 21, 2011 01:53PM)

Posted: Apr 21, 2011 4:23pm
First "blood" - KOTAH....!!!

And a most excellent entry as well.

The game is afoot! (and an eye, a piece of ear... and other fun stuff)...

Higley items go well with this mess BTW
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Apr 25, 2011 09:18AM)
Since Bill Montana so generously contributed a shiner coin to the Belasco challenge. I feel it isonly fair tomention that Bill's invisible writing formula has been revealed in secret files recently released/ opened by theCIA. Bills method and several others for invisible ink circa anither era in the world of spys. All tipped on the Rachel Maddow show. How's that for bizarre!?

Message: Posted by: dsacks (Apr 25, 2011 04:23PM)
Thanks Ron -- Rachel's show is great.

Now, how about forcing some selection and showing it on your toe nail :) great reveal there
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Apr 27, 2011 09:37PM)
For the PMers - yes, you can submit more than one submission - and check out King KOTAH as your role model :)
Message: Posted by: handa (Apr 28, 2011 10:17AM)
Now where's that GD "Like" Button when you need it? ;)
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Apr 28, 2011 10:43AM)
In Enochian -speak, this message.

Gisg Un Ur Gaph Gisg Gon Med Pa Gaph Ged Van Drux


osted: Apr 28, 2011 12:20pm
Drux Med Gisg Un Ur Ur Un Drux Ged Graph Ur Fam Un Don Graph Med Or gisg Na Graph Ur Gon Ged Na Giisg

John Dee and Edward Kelly's Enochian -speak which says; Not All Angels Are Of The Light.

Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Apr 28, 2011 03:32PM)
On 2011-04-28 11:17, handa wrote:
Now where's that GD "Like" Button when you need it? ;)

Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (May 1, 2011 08:50AM)
3 more entries rolled in - the dead are swirling about now!
Message: Posted by: handa (May 1, 2011 10:17AM)
Dr. S.

Sent you correspondence via email. LMK if you received it.

Message: Posted by: KOTAH (May 1, 2011 11:59AM)
The case of Charles Dexter ward contains a serious even ominous underlying base.

Much food for thought, and many roads to be traveled. During a recent sojourn, I came to a fork in the road.

The direction I thought my routine was heading, may have abruptly changed.

From serious and dark, to a comedy routine.

Whoda thunk it !?

Now it has been announced that three new entries have been recieved.

Seems the white ivory ball John Dee utilized is on a roll. A pity that the red one was broken.

We can only imagine the answers to ancient secrets it may have contained.

Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (May 1, 2011 12:38PM)
Just dig up Dee, render him to the essential saltes, then ask him :)
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (May 1, 2011 04:32PM)
It is done.

Message: Posted by: willem (May 2, 2011 06:29AM)
My story's has been send to the keeper.
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (May 2, 2011 10:31AM)
FYI - for those PMing what Serious>Comedy in the instructions - that just means if it comes to having to choose between two excellent routines for the grand prize, the more serious one will be one element to help break that tie. However, an excellent comedy routine that hits all the other criteria still could take the award.


Watch until the end
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (May 6, 2011 04:10PM)
Willem, your son looks absolutely precious. I am pleased to hear a story has been sent to the Keeper.

I look forward to reading your routine. Past stories have all been delightful.

Seems as if Dr. Spektor has managed to inspire and rally the troops once again.

Message: Posted by: willem (May 10, 2011 11:20AM)
Thanks for the kind words Kotah.

Dr Spektor is really one of a kind.

Posted: May 10, 2011 12:33pm
The dark corners of my mind is haunting me by day and night.

There is no escape for me no one to help me.

They don't see them moving among us.

The old gods is haunting me for my sins.

I played with the salts.

I played with the symbols.

I played with the old books of wisdom.

I played God.

Death is just a doorway to another hell.

Hell is now and forever for me.

I sold my soul for eternal power.

Nothing stopped me.

No grave stayed close for me.

The salts of the dead was power.

The power to be God.
Message: Posted by: Balaram (May 10, 2011 10:43PM)
Great Willem! :applause:
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (May 19, 2011 01:25PM)
FYI June 5th os not far away ;)
Message: Posted by: willem (May 28, 2011 07:26AM)
Dr Spektor I have submitted another story it is called Curwens ship.
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (May 30, 2011 10:10PM)

June 5th is around the korner
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (May 31, 2011 11:43AM)
Carcosa Challenges are like a box of chocolates
and every bit as tempting.

Our diet ends shortly.

Message: Posted by: willem (Jun 2, 2011 01:07AM)
Slowly I start clawing my way out of my grave.

My hands are bleeding

freedom is just a piece of wood and ground away

will I make it........
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Jun 2, 2011 08:39AM)
This thread onthe yellow board could use a dose of essential saltes

Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jun 5, 2011 12:37PM)
Just a few short hours left...
Message: Posted by: Balaram (Jun 5, 2011 07:48PM)
I started on this 5 times, and just couldn't get the story I wanted...sorry... :(
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Jun 5, 2011 11:54PM)
Only eight minutes or so remain until the contest has ended, time enough to voice regretsthat you did not find the story you desired Balram, I eould so have loved to read it if you had.

Message: Posted by: dsacks (Jun 6, 2011 08:56AM)
Hi All,

Just wanted to wish each and everyone of you (who did get something together) the best of luck.

I, like Balaram, just couldn't get it together :( Oh well, next time?

Message: Posted by: handa (Jun 7, 2011 09:48AM)
I have a contribution, but decided a long time ago that it didn't fit the criteria as an entry. I was going in a different direction far too early to turn back.

There is so much possibility with Ye Essential Saltes that mesh with both something that Professor Scrye has done and a bigger project that he is working on. I have promised The Keeper that I would gather Prof. Scrye's notes and in the Spirit of Carcosa submit it as research material FTGOTO (For The Good Of The Order).

Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Jun 8, 2011 12:49AM)
Just got word from Dr. spektor that he is in survival salvage mode after recent torrential rains in Toronto have flooded areas of his home and basement.

Wishing yoy well Dr. and much success in your efforts to be made whole again.

Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jun 8, 2011 09:08AM)
Sorry to hear/read that. Good luck Doc, and I hope the damage is minimal.
Message: Posted by: docsteve (Jun 8, 2011 09:11AM)
On 2011-06-08 01:49, KOTAH wrote:
Just got word from Dr. spektor that he is in survival salvage mode after recent torrential rains in Toronto have flooded areas of his home and basement.

Wishing yoy well Dr. and much success in your efforts to be made whole again.


Good luck Bruce - what a pain!
Hope it gets sorted with minimal heartache.
Message: Posted by: dsacks (Jun 8, 2011 11:44AM)
Been there Dr -- hope all works out and things get back together again!

Message: Posted by: willem (Jun 11, 2011 04:34AM)
Sorry to hear Dr
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Jun 14, 2011 01:42PM)
Thanks guys.... my apologies in the delay getting back to you all - at the end of the month I'll be back up and running... and will announce the winners and send out stuff (have to remake some ;()
Message: Posted by: willem (Jul 8, 2011 12:08PM)
Anyone heard anything about Dr Spektor?
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jul 8, 2011 12:24PM)
The last I heard, he was living the plot of e movie DAGON, but it was all taking place in his home.
I do hope he is ok.

Message: Posted by: willem (Jul 9, 2011 07:12AM)
I really like these competitions that he has been having .
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jul 16, 2011 09:51AM)
Has anyone heard from Bruce in the past month?
Message: Posted by: willem (Jul 17, 2011 10:28AM)
Nope nothing ?
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Jul 20, 2011 10:56PM)
Have heard absolutely nothing so far; but did email BRuce this evening and am hopeful of getting a reply

Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Jul 21, 2011 11:11AM)
No reply to my email as of yet. it seems very likely bruces computer was damaged and he cannot respond.

Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jul 21, 2011 11:46AM)
Me either. Could be that he is on his annual vacation to Florida too.
Message: Posted by: willem (Jul 24, 2011 06:00AM)
I am really getting worried its not like the good dockter !
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Jul 30, 2011 10:53AM)
Still no word. This is becoming a real game changer. Doc or Luke please post something if you are able. being in the dark is only fun at Halloween. EVen a letter or a call to one of us woyld be appreciated.

Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Aug 3, 2011 10:21AM)

Sorry I was gone so long - numerous disasters and family issues.
Next week I can finally get to announcing the winners of the last contest
And send out bizarre treasures to those that have waited.

I am not sure if I will continue the Carcosa Collection due to various new issues that plague my time... but we shall see.

My apologies.
Message: Posted by: handa (Aug 4, 2011 05:15AM)
Carcosa is secondary to your well-being. It is good to see you post.

Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Aug 15, 2011 05:17PM)
" SHAM "

When a person is on the brink of death, their eyes mark the final moment in a subtle way.

The light of life within them, as if on a dimmer switch ,begins to fade and then goes out.

Their shine in time replaced by lifeless gray cataracts of death.

Some say the darkness indicates the soul has left the body.

Others feel it is a shadow of sorrow cast by a singular reality and recognition.

That is the instant in which they conclude the promise of life after death perhaps , was but a sham.

Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Aug 16, 2011 07:02AM)
Except if you get resurrected (perhaps as the liveliest awfulness)

Manuscript done by end of week with winners and prizes announced
Message: Posted by: willem (Aug 16, 2011 11:39AM)
Thanks for sharing those deep words brother Kotah .
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Aug 16, 2011 11:55AM)
Brother willem, thank you for taking the time to comment on my thoughts.

Best of luck to all of us when the contest results are announced.

Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Aug 17, 2011 01:11PM)
I do not know which path the Carcosa project may follow, but thne runic message paved road of M.R. james would be a most interesting journey.

Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Aug 17, 2011 04:00PM)
While on the subject of written messages, I have recently revisited my studies of the voynich mss.

The name Lionardo, not Leonardo has revealed itself in the names of the plant anagrams for those who may be interested.

Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Aug 18, 2011 09:53AM)
Although the stars have realigned for now, the latest from the Carcosa Court cryers seem to indicate something new at the site.

Message: Posted by: willem (Aug 18, 2011 11:09AM)
Brother Kotah thanks for sharing these info I did not know about M.R james and voynich mms these are both very interesting and something to look into.

On the subject of carcosa it was never about the price of winning for me it was more about the info that I could get about H.P Lovecraft and his story's that are truly wonderful and to get ideas about bizarre magic from masters like brother Kotah.
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Aug 18, 2011 12:11PM)
Brother Willem, your post was very kind, Kotah the 'master' came in third. Bested by two other more talented individuals.

Congratulations on your excellent s entries. I also enjoy the challenge of these contests. Dr. spektor brings to light many topics and authors I had been unfamiliar with. It always seems to be a creative learning process.

No doubt that the lay out and presentation of the material and enteries on the site are absolutely amazing!!
Additional kudos to the team of Spektor and Shield .

Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Aug 18, 2011 03:23PM)
Correction: the top 3 wizards are tied and equal there is no third place

The other 3 are tied for supplying great material - but the other three just went a step smidgeon beyond
Message: Posted by: handa (Aug 18, 2011 10:32PM)
Thanks lots to Dr. S for inclusion in this one. I have a goal to use the secret of the ES for a practical performance situation. The first half of my contribution represents what we have already done in terms of regeneration. We've explored this particular subject several times, but this is IMO the best of the offerings of the ways that we presented regrowth/regeneration as an effect.

The second part is what I want to do: Take a "ritual" and make it more "scientific" to show how something got lost in translation and goes horribly wrong. We may not use this particular concept for this year's show, but it is definitely going into the file as the overall effect is far too visual to not use at some point in time.

All 75 pages are downloaded and I have some good reading to look forward to...thanks to all of the entrants!

Message: Posted by: willem (Aug 19, 2011 01:14PM)
Congratulations to every one !!!:-) and thanks to Carcosa for having this great competition. Now to sit back and see what the Masters have cooked up this time ;-)
Message: Posted by: Marlowe (Aug 22, 2011 11:27AM)
My congratulations also to the winners and contibutors. A huge thanks to Dr. Spektor for making it all possible.
Willem, I loved your routines. Truly 'Lovecraftian'. John, just.awesome. Kotah, well, just about everything I have ever read from you pretty much blows my mind..so this was no exception.« btw..Games Most Strange is my all time favorite piece in all of magicdom»
Doc: the Carcosa site, the challanges, and your unique generosity of ideas here in the Café have been and continue to be as a source of enjoyment. and inspiration to me.
I truly hope the stars do indeed align once again and the vault of dim carcosa be opened as the unthinkable is unleashed to do the impossible once again.
Message: Posted by: Harlequin (Aug 23, 2011 06:01AM)
I have only now had a change to finish reading the material from the Essential Saltes Challenge manuscript and will add my thanks to all the contributors for much entertainment and interesting information. Big thanks to the good Dr Spektor for the Carcosa Collection in general and I hope such a creative endeavor will continue to exist for a long time to come.
Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Aug 24, 2011 12:31AM)
Wow Marlowe, a reference to Games Most Strange from my first book a Darker Light, I am delighted you think so well of it.

Thankyou brother. I too look forward to the next carcosa challenge with great anticipation.

All participants are certainly inspired to brin their 'A Game.

Good for them, good for bizarre magic as well.

Message: Posted by: KOTAH (Sep 9, 2011 10:02AM)
Any further thoughts or information concerning possible future contests?

While I wait for news, I have returned to studying the voynich MAnuscript to keep my mind occupied.

Folio73r seems promising.