Jun
19
2017
0

In the e-mail: @HPLHS’s Dagon: War of Worlds. (DART)

DART stands for “Dark Adventure Radio Theater,” in case you’ve missed somehow that I buy the HPL Historical Society’s radio dramas whenever I happen to have a combination of a bank account balance and the sweet, horrible cravings.  I picked up Dagon: War of Worlds (which has been a bit expanded from Lovecraft’s original story) when I could no longer keep myself from pre-ordering The Haunter of the Dark. I bought the physical CDs, of course — they come with props — but the HPLHS sends over the mp3s of the shows when you buy a physical copy, so Dagon’s unzipping as we speak.

The anticipation consumes me.  What terrors will be revealed?  What dizzying vistas shall I… um, hear? We’ll soon find out…

Apr
19
2017
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New DART pre-order from @HPLHS: The Haunter of the Dark.

This is gonna be one of the good ones. The Haunter of the Dark is a great story and the HPL Historical Society always does a good job with their Dark Adventure Radio Theatre entries. I look forward to it.

Apr
13
2017
2

Also in the mail: Miskatonic University Monograph: Codex Beltrán-Escavy.

The full title is Archaeological Interpretations of Myth Patterns in the Iconography of the Codex Beltran-Escavy (Miskatonic University Press), and at ten bucks it is one of the best Call of Cthulhu RPG props I’ve ever seen that isn’t actually explicitly a Call of Cthulhu RPG prop.  The conceit is that the pamphlet is a scholarly monograph describing and analyzing a pre-Columban Codex depicting a hitherto unknown deity; while the scholars themselves are apparently blissfully ignorant of what is actually being portrayed in the pictographs, any halfway competent Mythos scholar (and/or person who plays Cthulhu Mythos games) will instantly catch on to the Codex’s true meaning.  You can easily craft several adventures around this monograph, with it as the central prop.

The artwork is also very nice. There are color drawings and a fold-out centerpiece.  The HPLHS really worked on this one.

Nov
21
2016
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25% off @HPLHS’s Dark Adventure Radio Theater downloads.

Just what it says on the label. I enjoy Dark Adventure Radio Theater quite a bit, even though I’m no longer really in a position to pick them up whenever I’d like. The 25% off is for downloads only, and ends Wednesday: so if you’re traveling for Thanksgiving, yeah, they’re great for long car rides.

Aug
16
2016
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New DART (Thing on the Doorstep) coming out soon!

As in, maybe by the end of the week.

Already pre-ordered; The Thing on the Doorstep is one of HP Lovecraft’s more interesting works for me, because it’s one that takes place in an area that would have been within HPL’s own comfort zone.  It’s not out in the wilderness, or the depths of space, or even – horror of horrors! – NYC; this is a horror story that’s set right in the man’s backyard, and that gives it a little extra flavor.  Plus, this is one that should work well on radio.

Aug
09
2016
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@HPLHS’s ‘Thing on the Doorstep’ Dark Adventure Radio Theater going to the CD printer’s.

If that’s what that sort of thing is called, mind you. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the latest DART: I finally managed to finish both The Shadow Over Innsmouth and At The Mountains of Madness last weekend (listened to ’em while building furniture), so The Thing on the Doorstep will come just in time*. It’s a shame that Lovecraft never developed that story further: it might have had the legs to be a novella or even novel.

 

*Although there are any other number of CDs that I have yet to buy

Jul
03
2016
4

Tough choice to make on the next @HPLHS Dark Adventure Radio Theater.

I’m going to pick up one of them (via here), certainly: but do I go with ‘At The Mountains of Madness’ or ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth?’  Both are perfectly translatable into radio drama; and I like both stories about equally, so there’s no help there. And they both got good reviews, so there’s no help there.

And no, ‘get them both’ is not currently an option. Alas.

Jun
17
2016
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In the (e)-Mail: The White Tree. (cc @HPLHS)

The White Tree is the Dark Adventure Radio Theater production of a quasi-sequel to The Call of Cthulhu.  I bought the physical copy, but it came with an electronic version, so I’m going to listen to it and go to bed.  I might even listen to it with the lights out…

Jun
03
2016
7

‘Dagon Hymn.’

This is lovely… as long as you don’t listen to the words.

May
19
2016
3

In the mail: @HPLHS’s “The Horror at Red Hook.”

Listening to it right now, in fact.  This is much more than a word-for-word retelling of HP Lovecraft’s original “The Horror at Red Hook:” which makes sense, really. The original is a short story, after all: and they did a full hour version. You have to flesh stuff out.

It’s an interesting story to adapt for today, because this is one of Lovecraft’s more difficult stories for our modern age. It has a genuine power to it that we find rather objectionable – thus making is simultaneously attractive and repellent. It’s interesting to see HPLHS try to play this as straight as they possibly could.

Jul
30
2014
8

The “Dreams in the Witch House.” Lovecraftian rock opera. [Content warning]

The folks over at the HPL Historical Society (need to think about getting a lifetime membership: $75 is a lot of discretionary income, though) helped put together a rock opera based on one of Lovecraft’s short stories (‘The Dreams in the Witch House,’ obviously).  I just picked up the album (Dreams in the Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera), largely on the strength of this (DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK YET!) music video – but please note that I am putting a content warning on said video, which I do not often do.  This is a rock opera based on a horror story, and the video features images of a disturbing and alarming nature that are all the more so because they are not done in a cartoonish fashion.  Do not watch this at work.  You have been warned.

I get the impression that the HPLHS might be expanding this, later on (they’ve already done the radio dramatization of the story).

Jan
06
2012
3

A proud day.

This finally went up on the wall.

IA! IA! IA!

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