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"John Goodrich is a Cthulhu Mythos talent to watch. His tales are engrossing, with strong human elements." - David Conyers

What Ive published

Space Monster Wangmagwi from SRS Cinema

October, 2022

Aliens from another world seeking the conquest of Earth invade with flying saucers. They unleash a gigantic monster called Wangmagwi, who destroys everything in its path. A seldom-seen Koran kaiju film from 1967, SRS Cinema presents the first release of the film on home media anywhere in the world.

Includes: Commentary by Dr. Sueng-hoon Jeong, Assistant Professor of Film and Electronic Arts at California State University Long Beach, and author and kaiju historian John Goodrich.

The Blu-Ray release of Space Monster Wangmagwi is still available for pre-order. Delivery time will be January 2023

Kaju Ramen Magazine #6

August, 2022

Issue #6 of Kaiju Ramen magazine is a celebration of all the monsters that were inspired by the Big G. Whether it be parody, imitators, or straight-up rip-offs we want to give special attention to those Godzilla lookalikes. We hope you will enjoy the hard work the writers put into each article.

“Reptar! An Introduction to Kaiju” by John Goodrich

Assemble Artifacts Short Story Magazine

October, 2021

Assemble Artifacts Magazine assembles a thrilling new mix of stories from genres including horror, science-fiction, comedy, and suspense. Buried at the heart of every story in the magazine is a unique artifact, an object that has inspired our storytellers to create a big idea, an irresistible question, a new immersive world, or a sense of wonder. Unearth your next great read with Assemble Artifacts.

“A Little Slice of Hell” by John Goodrich

Two underpaid supermarket employees realize that they should have read the employee manual after encountering a literal customer from Hell.

Available on Kindle, Audible, and CD.

Little Britches

July, 2021

Life isn”t easy for two-year-old gunman Little Britches.

Corrupt Boston Detective Goodman and Special Agent Bradley are looking for him, as are the Mafia and the Russian Brotherhood. But nobody’s managed to catch him yet, and anyone who tries will face two forty-fives spitting flaming-hot lead..

“Goodrich’s Little Britches is a fantastical, freeewheeling descent into bizzaro crime fiction. It’s The Godfather meets... I don’t even fucking know, really.” -- Stephen Kozeniewski, author of Braineater Jones and The Perfectly Fine House

“Don't try to second guess...because if you do you'll hate yourself in the morning. I can guarantee that you’ve never read anything like Little Britches before. Whoa, baby!” -- P.D Cacek, author of Second Lives and Second Chances

Kaiju Ramen #2

April, 2021

In the second issue of Kaiju Ramen we celebrate one of the cinema’s greatest fights, a rematch decades in the making, the movie we’ve been eagerly waiting for... Godzilla vs Kong. We jammed this installment with everything from a scientific look at Skull Island, to Mechagodzilla and pop culture’s fearful obsession with the machine. There’s also a deep discussion on the different movie viewing experiences during the pandemic, an open letter to all female fans of giant monsters, plus so much more.

What’s inside this issue:
Recent Kaiju News
“A look at Theater vs. Streaming with Godzilla vs. Kong”
“King Kong vs. Godzilla: Round 1”
A Review of Godzilla vs. Kong
“Baring Its Fangs: Mechagodzilla and Our Fear of the Machine”
“Skull Island: A Triumph of Speculative Biology”
“Go Go Godzilla: Three Composers, Three Approaches” by John Goodrich
“Raising Mechagodzilla: An Interview with ‘Odin Makes’”
“To the Girls Who Love Monsters”
Artist Alley: David Dopko (Photographer and Daikaiju Artist)
The Mailbag!


March, 2020

A bitter sacrifice haunts the forest of a backwater planet; in a plague-riddled hive, a man faces a harrowing choice; an instrument of singular beauty beguiles a failing musician...

There is darkness within the beleaguered souls of those who suffer the worlds of Warhammer. Whether it’s the arcane menaces of the Mortal Realms, or the cosmic nightmares of the 41st Millennium, none are immune to the evil that preys upon the desperate, exploits the cruel and seduces the unfulfilled.

The third in the series of Warhammer Horror anthologies, Anathemas includes more razor-sharp tales of terror and insanity from the imaginings of David Annandale, C L Werner, Jake Ozga, Lora Gray and many more.

“A Threnody for Kolchev” by Darius Hinks
“Vox Daemonicus” by James Forster
“The Thing in the Woods” by Paul Kearney
“Hab Fever Lockdown” by Justin D Hill
“Voices in the Glass” by Richard Strachan
“Skin Man” by Tim Waggoner
“These Hands, These Wings” by Lora Gray
“A Deep and Steady Tread” by David Annandale
“Mud and Mist” by John Goodrich
“Suffer the Vision” by Jake Ozga
“The Funeral” by Darius Hinks
“The Shadow Crown” by C L Werner
“Runner” by Alan Bao
“Miracles” by Nicholas Wolf

Wicked Weird

August, 2019

There’s a side of the world those deemed “normal” don't see, save for glimpses in flashing moments of fear and confusion. These places exist just around the corner of our vision, beyond the ocean fog of memory and nightmare, where monstrous children cry for love and secrets are hidden in remote caves; where nature reclaims its own and a sweet taste in your mouth portends evil beyond imagining. Within these pages are twenty-one secrets hidden behind a veil only the most ancient of beings have dared to pass through, brought to you by some of the most talented and imaginative authors to come out of New England. In short, these stories are Wicked Weird.

“Those beneath, devour” by Victoria Dalpe
“A Strange House” by Matthew M. Bartlett
“A Song of War and Death” by Errick Nunnally
“Salt Cave” by Morgan Sylva
“The Sweetness and the Psychic” by L. L. Soares
“A Feast of Lies” by Steve Can Samson
“Pet Shop of the Gods” by Rob Smales
“St. Scholastica's Home for Children of the Sea” by Emma J. Gibbon
“The Mass of the Greatest Sin” by Trisha J. Woolridge
“The Painted Girl” by Paul. R. McNamee
“Reclaimed” by William D. Carl
“Better Late, Then Never” by Eicker Stone
“Starry Night” by Jason Parent
“Sanguisuga” by Kali Moulton
“The Lost Mine of St. Eliot” by J. Edwin Buja
“It is a Long Walk to the Ocean” by K. H. Vaughn
“he Promised Death of Zebediah Dewey” by John Goodrich
“Please Stay Dead, Aunt Marnie” by F. R. Michaels
“The Perfect Parent” by Peter N. Dudar
“Your Emergency Response Guide” by Jeffrey Thomas
“The Night and All Its Visions” by Barry Lee Dejasu

I Do Terrible Things

March, 2019

Donna doesn’t know the old man with the sad face and yet there she is, beating him to death with a shovel. Is suppressed rage making her murder people in horrifying ways, or is she some sort of latent psychopath? She dreams of killing another man, and then another. The more people she kills, the more desperate she becomes to stop herself. Can she find the key and stop herself before she commits yet another gruesome murder?

I Do Terrible Things is a symphony of extreme horror. Goodrich masterfully draws the reader in and relentlessly turns the screws. Like a repeating melody, each chapter broadens and deepens the main character’s profound but subtle descent into madness and violence. By the time I had reached the grand guignol finale I felt as trapped in the tale as she did.” - Stephen Kozeniewsk, author of Braineater Jones

“What happened to the quiet and unassuming man I thought I knew? Something demented is brimming, hidden behind an unassuming, innocent smile that freezes into a rictus just below the surface. He’s serving up a seriously demented murder-rama thrillfest with a healthy dose of splatter. Death in the most insidious ways seem to fill every page. The pace, at times maddening, is handled skillfully, almost to the point of pain just before that wonderful release. I only hope someone this devastatingly disturbed is chained safely in his basement, his computer the only light.” - Monica O’Rourke, author of Suffer the Flesh

“John Goodrich’s new novel, I Do Terrible Things, proves his debut, Hag, was no fluke. Beginning with a terrifying and surreal premise, this story of a woman who’s a reluctant, but vicious killer in her dreams ramps up into a thrilling search for the truth that ends in a way that’d make the Greek tragedians wince. Trust me, once you start this one, you aren’t going to want to sleep until it’s finished.” - Bracken MacLeod, author of Come to Dust and 13 Views of the Suicide Woods


June, 2018

All David wanted was to rest and get better. He moved from Vermont to Boston to beat his cancer. Even before the boxes are unpacked, he and his best friend Sam notice an eerie presence in his new apartment building. The emaciated haunt is a roiling storm of fury with black iron claws and jagged metal teeth. She attacks David without reason or pity, leaving him in agony.

Hag is a dark, brooding novel set in a blighted personal landscape. A story of deathless rage terrible love.

“An evocative craftsman of quiet and cosmic horror, with a deft touch for all things eerie and unsettling, John Goodrich will appeal to fans of Laird Barron, Mary SanGiovanni, and Peter Straub.” — Brian Keene

“Taut and unrelenting, Hag feels much too real and will have you turning on every light... but still checking the shadows just in case.” — P.D. Cacek, author of The Wind Caller and The Selkie

Dark Draughts

March, 2018

Culled from nearly a decade of work, Dark Draughts is the first collection of my short fiction. Discover a terrifying new god, and an old, well known one just as malicious. Encounter horror tropes broken and remade; dead and undead pharaohs, a compassionate ghoul, and a serial killer who discovers something darker than himself. Find out what happens to a man literally at war with himself. With stories set in Arkham, ancient Egypt, the blood-soaked battlefields of World War One, rural Vermont, and a hideous apocalyptic future, these stories encompass the terrors of the past as well as our fears for the future.

Dark Draughts: Strong medicine for what ails us all.

“With Dark Draughts, John Goodrich casts a new, clear-eyed vision of horror. Revitalizing familiar tropes with new energy, he brings a fresh, dark sensibility to his writing.” — Richard Dansky, author of Firefly Rain

“Goodrich’s writing shines bright, but never brighter than when he’s probing the dark corners of history or plumbing the depths of unexpected venues for horror.” — Errick A. Nunnally, author of Blood for the Sun

Caveat lector: Dark Draughts is sixteen unnerving little tales that, like an occult text, compel you to keep reading long past the point of safety. With his self-assured writing and intimate knowledge of history, John Goodrich reminds us that evil is real, has been here all along, and worse, has plans for us.” — Dana Cameron, author of the Fangborn series

“John Goodrich’s Dark Draughts has all the soul of the shudder pulps, and a strong, beating modern heart. He captures the adventure of the classic thrilling tale while crafting believable characters with real sympathy. From World War I flying aces, to the modern zombie menace in the corn fields, to a God of Chickens, and an occult gathering that puts a man face to face with an eldritch god, Goodrich proves again and again that he is the kind of craftsman who understands the last line of a story is every bit as important as the first.” — Bracken MacLeod, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Stranded and Come to Dust

“John Goodrich is an experienced world-traveler of the weird, a savvy and capable tour guide moving smoothly among settings and eras, effortlessly crossing both the borders of genre and the boundaries of sanity.” — Christine Morgan, author of The Raven’s Table and Spermjackers From Hell

Dark Draughts will burn your throat and disturb your sleep. From the dusty American West to the blood-soaked battle fields of WWI, from ancient Egypt to rural Vermont, John Goodrich shines a ghastly light on our human insecurities and lizard-brain impulses. He has a flair for Lovecraftian horror worthy of the master himself, and mines the canon of terror tropes in original, witty, nightmarish ways. With tales sure to delight horror aficionados and novice fans alike, Dark Draughts will make you think twice before turning out the lights.” — Shawn MacKenzie, Author of The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook and Dragons for Beginners

Children of Glaaki: A Tribute to Ramsey Campbell

February, 2017

Tommy McCandless is the burning passion that fuels the Murderous Dwarfs, the finest Goatswood Gnomes tribute band to ever grace the stage. Will Tommy go full fanboy when he discovers that a weird, esoteric tome inspired the Gnomes?

“Tribute Band” is my, well, tribute to Ramsey Campbell, and several of the wonderful stories he has written.
You can hear a review of the first half of the anthology, including my story, from the Microphones of Madness podcast. Children of Gla’aki is available as a paperback, or ebook from Dark Regions Press.

Monster! Magazine, issue28/29

June, 2016

If you follow my blog, you know that I love comic book swamp monsters. I wrote an article about an obscure swamp monster comic written by Eugênio Colonnese. O Morto do Pântono was only released in Brazil, written in Portuguese. As far as I know, it has never been translated or discussed in English.

Monster! nagazine is available from

Fossil Lake: Unicornado

March, 2016

Nickolaus Passionate has found the enclave of the miraculous beings known as the Children of Ereshkigal. There he experiences a greater love an acceptance than any he has ever known. What could possibly go wrong in this Edenic paradise of winged folk?

“Don't Let It End” is the conclusion of my erotic trilogy of stories featuring a happy version of everyone's favorite bigot, Chicago-based writer Nickolaus Passionate. Lake Fossil 3: Unicornado is available at Smashwords.


I To Terrible Things from Thunderstorm Books

November, 2015

Donna doesn’t know the old man with the sad face and yet there she is, beating him to death with a shovel. Is suppressed rage making her murder people in horrifying ways, or is she some sort of latent psychopath? The more people she kills, the more desperate she becomes to stop herself. Can she find the key before she commits yet another gruesome murder?

I Do Terrible Things was issued in a limited, hardcover edition of sixty from the fine people at Thunderstorm Books.

It was an honorable mention in Brian Keene's top ten best horror novels of 2015.

New England Horror Writers Association Anthology III

May 2015

Odd Grimsson, called half-troll, lives an antisocial existence on Greenland with his wife and daughter, as far from other men as he can get. When men come to his farmstead and blame him for the plague in town, he is unmoved. Until his treasured daughter begins coughing up black tar, and then it's time to hunt the responsible sorcerer across Greenland's rocky outcropings and glaciers.

“Odd Grimsson, Called Half-Troll” appears in Wicked Tales, an anthology put together by the New England Horror Writers' Association.

Lake Fossil II: The Refossiling, edited by Christine Morgan

February, 2015

Nickolaus Passionate has found love in the strange, winged figure that is Isaac. And while their relationship is intense and physical, Nickolaus wants more. Where did Isaac come from? How can he get to meet more of the reclusive Children of Ereshkigal?

“Nickolaus Passionate and the Children of Ereshkigal” is a homoerotic wingfic story the continues the adventures of the character first introduced in “Passionist of Chicago”. Lake Fossil 2: The Refossiling is available at Smashwords.

Hag, my debut novel

November, 2014

All David wanted was to rest and get better. He moved from Vermont to Boston to beat his cancer. Even before the boxes are unpacked, he and his best friend Sam notice an eerie presence in his new apartment building. The emaciated haunt is a roiling storm of fury with black iron claws and jagged metal teeth. She attacks David without reason or pity, and just when he thinks he knows her limits, she tears through them.

Hag is a dark, brooding novel set in a blighted personal landscape. A story of deathless rage and enduring hatred.

My debut novel Hag, with an introduction by Laird Barron, came out as a limited edition from Maelstrom Press as part of Maelstrom Wave V, a set that which also includes two novels from Brain Keene: Apocrypha, and King of the Bastards. This limited edition set has sold out.

Steampunk Cthulhu, edited by Brian Sammons and Glynn Owen Barrass

June, 2014

Air pirates Ernst Udet and “Wild Bill” Wellman have discovered a lead on desposed Queen Victoria’s crown jewels. But John Douglass, the Marquess of Queensbury, tells a strange tale of the widow queen’s re-marriage that makes the venture seem more dangerous than initially thought.

“Pain Wears No Mask” appears in Steampunk Cthulhu from Chaosium, edited by the able Brian Sammons and Glynn Barass. Other authors in the collection include Willie Mielke, Josh Reynolds, Thana Niveau, and Christine Morgan.

“A very good story centered around airships. But Britain is ruled by a poet not a king, oh and Oscar Wilde wrote The King in Yellow. Yeah things get crazy good really fast.” Amazon Review

Dark Rites of Cthulhu, edited by Brian Sammons

March, 2014

R’lyeh has risen, and the festering remains of humanity scrabble to live amidst the broken reminders of past glory. But a mysterious man offers a young woman hope. Is she the chosen one who will defy the minions of Cthulhu and allow humanity to rebuild?

“The Dark Horse” appears in Dark Rites of Cthulhu from April Moon Books, edited by the ever-reliable Brian Sammons. Other authors in the collection include Willie Mielke, Sam Stone, Glynn Barass, Christine Morgan, and T. E. Grau.

“The Dark Horse” by John Goodrich is set in an almost medieval/post apocalyptic version of New York after the rise of the Old Ones. Goodrich just nails it in terms of the bleakness and despair of being in a world ripped from reality and bereft of hope. As with all things, redemption and salvation may make an appearance. And in the case of this delightfully bleak story, appearances can be very, very deceptive.’George Anderson on


Fossil Lake, an anthology of the aberrant, edited by Christine Morgan January, 2014

Nickolaus Passionate is the sort of man who lurks in dark alleys and corners. What strange aberration will he find amid the refuse of Chicago? My erotic tale “Passionist of Chicago” appears in Fossil Lake, An Anthology of the Aberrant.

Anthology 2: Inner Demons Out, edited by Johnny Morse November, 2013

A travelling peracher speaks with Eli Taff. Why does his pitch sounds so different from other preachers, and what must Eli do to stop the sinister itching of his hands? “A Poor Sinner's Hands” appears in Anthology 2: Inner Demons Out.

John Goodrich's “A Poor Sinner's Hands”... puts a fresh spin on the Old Gods mythos,—Errick Nunnally

Undead and Unbound, edited by Brian Sammons and David Conyers July, 2013

The Pharaoh Intef is dead, but it doesn't appear to be sticking. Trapped in a dead a dried husk, how can he rule as God-King of Egypt? “In the Temple of Millions of Years” appears in Chaosium’s Undead and Unbound anthology.

“As for more serious fare, I've got to take a moment to extol to the skies ‘In the House of Millions of Years’ by John Goodrich. Now THAT, kids, is how you handle mummies. There is an understated monstrousness to his style that reminds me of Gene Wolfe. So, yeah, I like.” Mason Ian Bundschuh at the Innsmouth Free Press.

The Lovecraft e-zine issue 22, edited by Mike Davis

March, 2013 (reprint)

It’s the NSA against the forces of the Mythos as Agent Harrison Peel fnds himself in over his head in Marrakesh.

“The Masked Messenger” received a Year’s Best Horror honorable mention when it appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and now it’s available in the Lovecraft E-zine. The podcast version is read by my good friend Chaz Engan. He does a fantastic job with it, well worth your ninety-nine cents.

Urban Cthulhu, edited by Henrik Sandbeck Harksen

April, 2012

Most people complain about their upstairs neighbors having noisy parties or sex. Jeremy's pretty sure they're eating people up there.

“The Neighbors Upstairs” appears in Urban Cthulhu, along with stories from Joe Pulver, Ted Grau, and Glynn Owen Barrass, all edited by Henrik Sandbeck Harksen.

Epitaphs, edited by Tracy Carbone

November 2011:

Dudley Gerritson's guts have been bothering him for days, and it's not what he just ate. It's his history, his stress level, and the unnatural thing that's growing inside him.

“Not an Ulcer” is available in Epitaphs, the first anthology published by the New England Horror Writers Association in conjunction with Shroud Press.

Dead but Dreaming 2, Edited by Kevin Ross

June, 2011:

Neville is usually bored at occult parties. This one, though, is trying a summoning ritual out of the fabulous and rare Die Unaussprechlichen Kulten. What could possibly go wrong?

“N is for Neville” appears in Dead but Dreaming 2, from Miskatonic River Press, along with stories by such luminaries as Wilum Pugmire, Joe Pulver, Cody Goodfellow, Joe Pulver, Mike Tice, and Willie Mielke.

Midnight Echo 5, edited by Leigh Blackmore

March 2011:

Len and Jess have gone to spy on the strange Chicken Man who lives in the woods. But the truth about what lurks beyond the light of civlization is stranger and more terrifying than they imagined.

“God of Chickens” appears in Midnight Echo #5, published by the Austalian Horror Writers Association.

Anromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazing #52, edited by David Kernot

Feb 2011:

NSA Agent Harrison Peel has his hands full, and more than full, as he tracks down grotesque occult activity in Marrakesh. “The Masked Messenger” appears in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #52

“David Conyers and John Goodrich are the joint authors of ‘The Masked Messenger’ which features Harrison Peel in another Cthulhu Mythos story. The agent is in Morocco to investigate strange deaths where people end up being cut into thousands of pieces. Is this a conventional terrorist act or is it an act of a cult belonging to the Masked Messenger? There is a strange book, centuries old, which contains deadly secrets and there is also a portal in the Sahara Desert which leads on to another world completely different from our own. An excellent tale full of suspense and action, it’s worth purchasing the magazine for this alone.”
Rod MacDonald at

Cthulhu's Dark Cults, edited by David Conyers June 2010:
Being a factory worker in the 1920s was difficult, even if your boss wasn’t part of an evil cult. “Captains of Industry” in the Cthulhu’s Dark Cults anthology is now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, your local bookstore (probably by special order) and Chaosium’s website, featuring the talents of Dave Conyers, John Sunseri, William Jones and Cody Goodfellow.

In his Amazon review, Matthew Carpenter specifically mentions my story:
“Captains of Industry” by John Goodrich — Mr. Goodrich is just starting his career as a published author. ‘The Patriot’ was among the many highlights of Cthulhu Unbound 1. Two impoverished immigrant factory workers, struggling to live and struggling in the battle for workers’ rights, infiltrate an industrialists’ dinner party to try to get some leverage. They run afoul of the Hermetic Order of the Silver Twilight. Once again Mr. Goodrich gives us a rousing story of superior quality. His characters come alive on the page and the action is actually heart wrenching.”

Cthulhu Unbound, edited by John Sunseri and Thom Brannan

March 2009:
A dying soldier receives a macabre history lesson in the corpse-strewn trenches of World War One. “The Patriot” has been reprinted in volume one of the Cthulhu Unbound double anthology.

Ellen Datlow singled out “The Patriot” for praise in The Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 2:
Cthulhu Unbound and Cthulhu Unbound 2 are both edited by John Sunseri and Thomas Brannon (Permuted Press) and are entertaining volunmes of fifteen original Lovecraftian stories each. The strongest from the first volume are by John Goodrich, John Clause Smith, Kim Paffenroth, Kevin Lauderdale, and C. J. Henderson...”

The estimable Robert Freeman wrote in his review at
“The crowning achievement in the anthology goes to John Goodrich’s ‘The Patriot’, a ghoulishly creepy war story that was atmospheric and a delight to the end.”

American Exorcist, Critical Essays on William Peter Blatty, edited by Benjamin Szumskyj November 2008 (Out of Print):
“Lebanon, the Fightin’ Irish, and Billy Shakespeare; The Comic Novels of William Peter Blatty” appeared in Benjamin Szumskyj’s American Exorcist: Critical Essays on William Peter Blatty. Before Blatty shocked the world with The Exorcist, he wrote comedies. Does a study of his earlier, lighter work presage the monumentally chilling book that changed American horror?

Dissecting Hannibal Lecter, edited by Benjamin Szumskyj February 2008 (and out of print):
My essay “Hannibal at the Lectern: A Textual Analysis of Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s Character and Motivations in Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs” appears in Dissecting Hannibal Lecter: A Critical Anthology on the Writings of Thomas Harris (ISBN 978-0-7864-3275-2) from McFarland Books.

Consider this exchange from The Silence of the Lambs:

“What does he do, this man you want?”
“He kills –”
“Ah –” [Dr. Lecter] said sharply, averting his face for a moment from her wrongheadedness. “That's incidental. What is the first and principal thing he does, what need does he serve by killing?”

Did you ever wonder what need Dr. Lecter serves when he kills?

April 2007:
Champagne” took second place at the Horror World Gross Out Contest. Getting one of the judges to comment “Dude. You’re WEIRD” was a real bonus. Click on the story title to read my really gross story for free.

Two-Gun Bob, edited by Benjamin Szumskyj

November 2006:
“... From Acorns Grow: Robert Howard Revealed in Post Oaks & Sand Roughs” appears in Hippocampus Press's Two Gun Bob: A Centennial Study of Robert E. Howard (ISBN 0-9771734-5-3), edited by Benjamin Szumskyj. This essay is an attempt to apprehend some of the phenomenal mind of pulp writer Robert Howard by comparing his letters to a fictionalized autobiography he wrote between 1923 and 1926.

The Right Hand of Doom

October 2006 (Out of Print):
“Mr. Boy: Hellboy & The Struggle to Adulthood”, a study of father-son issues in the Hellboy graphic novels, appeared in Benjamin Szumskyj’s Right Hand of Doom: A Critical Study of Michael Mignola’s Hellboy. The limited edition of 333 has sold out.

Cthulhu Express September, 2006:
“The Patriot” appeared in Rage Machine Books’ Cthulhu Express anthology (225 pages, ISBN: 1-8970-8417-X). After selling eleven copies, this book has gone out of print.

Arkham Tales, edited by William Jones August, 2006:
“Arkham Rain” appears in the Arkham Tales anthology (ISBN 1-56882-185-9), published by Chaosium. The story received an honorable mention in the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2007.

Matthew Carpenter writes in his said in his Amazon review:
“Mr. Goodrich is active on the mythos scene but I don’t recall seeing his work before. I'll have to remedy that! ‘Arkham Rain’ was a terrific story about the Innsmouth taint visiting an unwitting family. An old mythos trope? You bet! But this was a wonderfully original take.”

Another review from Nancy Oakes on
“Arkham Rain”, by John Goodrich: Very well done story in which the protagonist discovers some unsettling news which takes him to Innsmouth. I really enjoyed this one -- a new take on the Innsmouth legends.”

The Keeper's Companion 2 2002: The Keeper's Companion 2 (ISBN 1-56882-186-7) is a collection of articles on Prohibition, Firearms, Tomes & Creatures for the Call of Cthulhu game. I edited “The History Behind Prohibition”, a lengthy article by Adam Gauntlett bringing anti-alcohol advocates, law enforcement, gangsters, rum-runners, and consumers into focus. This article fills more than a quarter of the book's 168 pages.

The Unspeakable Oath 16 March 2001:
“That Horrid Book!” in The Unspeakable Oath's double 16/17 issue. It details many ways for the unholy books of the Cthulhu Mythos to haunt seekers into the unknown without resorting to game mechanics.

Ticklebritches and the Cowboy 2000:
I helped to edit Ticklebritches and the Cowboy (ISBN 0-9700464-0-5), a collection of humorous and insightful stories, musings, and poems spanning all decades of the 1900s. Part One (1900-1947) recalls Lois McClurg’s early life in the San Joaquin Valley, California foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Through her unique eyes, she vividly describes life as one of ten children being raised by a Catholic mother/teacher and a pack-train guide/father; becoming a teacher; marriage to a cowboy/rancher and bearing children during the first half of the 20th century. Part Two (1947-1999) records her life in the Flathead Valley, Montana foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Glacier National Park.

Written over a fifty year span, we share Lois's amazement on life and societal changes from the early, rugged 20th century pioneering days to growing old in the 1990s. Ticklebritches was a nickname given to Lois by her father, because she loved to laugh and found fun in so many things. These recollections reflect that sense of humor that she still had at the age of 91.

The Doomtown Epitaph Winter 2000:
Stranger and Stranger” in Doomtown Epitaph #2 as part of an ongoing series of stories or Alderac Entertainment Group's Doomtown Card Game. I have collected this and many other Doomtown stories, primarily those connected with the eldrichly inbred, degenerately evil Whateley clan in the Whateley Family Bible.

Beyond the Mountains of Madness 1999:
Beyond the Mountains of Madness, (ISBN 1-56882-138-7) The Origins award winner for best roleplaying adventure of 1999, included my 12,000 word completion of Edgar Allen Poe’s Narrative of A, Gordon Pym, linking it to HP Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness. In addition, I supplied articles on the history of Antarctic exploration, Antarctic flora and fauna, and created more than fifty characters for both the Starkweather-Moore and Lexington Expeditions.

The Unspeakable Oath #13 1995:
“The Gentle Art of Slaughtering Investigators” in The Unspeakable Oath #13.

“As for the unsavory Mister Goodrich, his commentary on how the Keeper should serve as the channel for the uncaring universe is among my favorite pieces that we've published in TUO.” — John Tynes

Quanta December 1992:
Green”, my very first e-publication, appeared in the Quanta, the Electronic Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Irons in the Fire

Updated on October 5, 2022