Matthew Tansek

Exploring the byways of imagination

Written by horror author and long-time Keeper of Arcane Lore Matthew Tansek comes his debut foray onto the dusty mystery-laden shelves of the Miskatonic Repository. 

About the Investigation

Kauai rises out of the pacific shrouded in mist and jungle. Strange things have been reported by lifelong residents and tourists alike. Lights aglow in strange colors upon the mountains, nocturnal insects buzzing in ways that sound like speech. Unnamed men on the roads at night keeping people from traveling to remote destinations.

Private investigator Brian Cray needs your help if he is going to find notable Archaeologist Robert Lockwood and his research assistant. Leads are growing thin and a trek out to the research camp high up upon the Napali coast might be the only move left if he is going to find some answers, and he doesn’t want to go it alone.

You’ve dreamt about a door under the island. A door in the darkness. Is that what Lockwood discovered? Is that why he is missing?

Pack your bags, you’re about to find out!

Featuring:

– Branching Investigation Paths
– An exotic island theme
– Content suitable for all ages and groups
– Five pre-generated characters
– High-Quality Player handouts
– PDF bookmarks
– Full-color artwork

Latest Posts

Picked Up for Publication

Picked Up for Publication

Well, I'm happy to report that my last two story submissions have been picked up for publication by the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. It's been a minute since I was included in one of their anthologies, and am very happy to have my work back in one of...

New Short: Hometown Horror

New Short: Hometown Horror

I've gone through and edited a new short story for you all to enjoy. This one came out of a writing prompt that asked for the perspective of a bystander to an event that involved an extraterrestrial.  Freed from the need to explain all that is witnessed I was able to...

Adventures come to the adventurous, and mysterious things fall in the way of those who, with wonder and imagination, are on the watch for them; but the majority of people go past the doors that are half ajar, thinking them closed, and fail to notice the faint stirrings of the great curtain that hangs ever in the form of appearances between them and the world of causes behind. For only to the few whose inner senses have been quickened, perchance by some strange suffering in the depths, or by a natural temperament bequeathed from a remote past, comes the knowledge, not too welcome, that this greater world lies ever at their elbow, and that any moment a chance combination of moods and forces may invite them to cross the shifting frontier.

Algernon Blackwood

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The GLAHW Pulp Horror Review
The GLAHW Pulp Horror Review 14 members
This is the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers book club, where we take a look at short fiction in the public domain. The golden age of pulp magazines is where many of the common tropes and touchpoints of modern horror draw from, so lets dust some off and see what impact they still have on us, a modern audience. - This is a casual forum where all are welcome (Membership in the GLAHW not required) - Story selection will be handled by the group's moderators with input by its members - This group will cycle forward in monthly installments - All fiction reviewed in this club will be free to read and in the public domain, with links provided

Books we're currently reading

Queen of the Black Coast Queen of the Black Coast
by Robert E. Howard
Start date: September 1, 2021

The Human Chair The Human Chair
by Edogawa Rampo
Start date: August 1, 2021



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About the Author

Matthew Tansek is a Detroit based writer and librarian who loves to bring the excitement of speculative fiction to new audiences.  After a decade of working with books, Matt knows what makes a good story- and it’s not five dollar words or trendy subject matter.  It’s compelling characters in evocative situations.

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