Twilight Memories is a monograph that is as much a prop as it is Call of Cthuhu supplement. It consists of three sections: The Journal of Henry Radcliff, The Research Log of the Kenning Expedition, and The Diary of Helen Dubois.
The first section, The Journal of Henry Radcliff, is no less than 14 pages of a handwritten font about…well, see for yourself:
“If it were not for that single moment, in which the slightest misjudgment entered my mind, I would not be here now, with a dead mother, tormented by a nocturnal orator.”
The prose is a bit purple. In essence, a Mi-Go known as the Crimson Angel has started its own cult in the 1920s. Henry Radcliff stumbles upon a book dedicated to the cult and is slowly seduced by it, killing the supervisor he loathes, hiding out in his dead mother’s house, and convincing a man named Richard Garland to join him. There’s really very little here to go on — we know the Crimson Angel is a Mi-Go but not enough for a Keeper to build a plot out of. It’s more likely the investigation would revolve around Radcliff and the disappearance of himself and his victims. What’s odd is that the journal doesn’t provide any clues as to the Angel’s motivations — we are told that it is “starting its own cult” but there’s nothing in the journal to suggest this is anything other than a typical Mi-Go abduction. The additional material explaining the scenario hooks and background by the cult is much more informative, but it doesn’t justify 14 pages of nothing happening that will actually propel the plot. Also, the artwork is terrible. 2 out of 5 stars.
The second section, The Research Log of the Kenning Expedition, is about an archaeological expedition to a mysterious island in 1920s Caribbean. It’s a 16 page journal. It details the decimation of a group of explorers, stalked one by one by a giant snake. If you guessed that Yig is behind this, then you’re probably like every other investigator who will instantly assume the same at the mention of the word snake. This hook isn’t bad so much as there’s no surprises here. There’s snakes, and Yig cultists, and more snakes. There are no stats for these snakes, and oddly stats are provided for characters that are likely deceased. Wouldn’t it make more sense to stat out the monsters and cultists, like in the previous section? The artwork is markedly improved but there are considerably fewer hooks. 3 out of 5 stars.
The third section is the Diary of Helen Dubois, a modern tale of a young woman who lost her husband and child in a car accident. Driven mad, Helen encounters a creature named Aylith that promises a rebirth of sorts — a resurrection of her lost husband and child through her own impregnation. Obsessed, Helen sits at Aylith’s feet to learn spells that will charm men to her will. The diary ends with Helen’s success, with plans to birth many, many more children.
Unlike the other two rambling journals, the diary is just five pages long. Most investigators are not going to sit and read the entire journal, if only due to time constraints. Also, some of the fonts are particularly hard to read — the Diary is in a large, legible font. Where the other two journals are a historical account cramped by 1920s-style writing, Helen’s diary is both sad and a frightening insight into her state of mind. It’s a genuinely interesting read that’s creepy to boot. There’s just two pieces of artwork — black and white photos of Helen and Aylith — but they perfectly suit the mood of the piece. Aylith’s cult is active and Helen is still prowling about, so there’s plenty of great reasons for investigators to use the diary as a starting point for an investigation. 5 out of 5 stars.
This is an ambitious book that seeks to fill a specific need — exhaustive props for Keepers. But less is more, and the third section’s brief entry easily outpaces the other sections that are heavy on prose and light on scenario hooks Keepers can actually use.