Apr
11
2018
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Bad Medicine download now available from @HPLHS.

Bad Medicine is the collection of medical-themed Mythos and Poe stories: “Cool Air,” “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar,” and “The Picture in the House.” Admittedly, the last one is perhaps a bit of a stretch when we’re talking medical. But certainly anatomy is involved.

I’m getting the CD itself, but check out the MP3 version. HPLH’s Dark Adventure Radio Theater productions are a favorite of mine. I mean, they must be: I’m not even trying to get a cut of the sale.

Mar
15
2018
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@HPLHS giving away “The Color Out of Space” audiobook today.

Note, not the DART.

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Mar
04
2018
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New @HPLHS Dark Adventure Radio Theater: ‘Bad Medicine.’

The HPL Historical Society’s “Bad Medicine” is a Dark Adventure Radio Theater anthology: “Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: Bad Medicine brings three classic tales of horror and medicine to life in a 1930s-style radio drama. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” and H.P. Lovecraft’s stories “Cool Air” and “The Picture in the House” are brought to life by a huge cast of professional actors, exciting sound effects and thrilling original music by Reber Clark.”  They redid a little the Valdemar one for the DART, apparently; not much, but enough to make it fit the theme.

And if you’re wondering why not Herbert West: Reanimator — they’ve already done that one. Which I should get. I love these radio plays, after all.

Dec
09
2017
2

In the Mail: @HPLHS’s The Rats in the Walls.

This is why I buy the physical CDs (they throw in the mp3 version for free with a physical purchase, mind you). The HPL Historical Society always includes props with its Dark Adventure Radio Theater CDs, and The Rats in the Walls is no exception. This one came with a proclamation from King James I:

I must say: the HPLHS is very gamer-friendly. If I ever run a Cthulhu game using Lovecraft’s original stories, these props will be invaluable. Which is why they include them. I typically download the mp3 as soon as I can and then just gloat over the physical version later, but I pay the extra money without a qualm. It’s totally worth it.

Dec
05
2017
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In the e-Mail: @hplhs’s The Rats in the Walls.

The CD for The Rats in the Walls (including props) will be coming by regular mail, but the HPL Historical Society sends over the MP3 version when the physical copy ships.  And if you’re a fan of radio plays of this sort; the physical copy is worth the extra price, largely because it does come with props that are absolutely designed to be used in tabletop games. The HPLHS is very gamer-friendly, and it shows.

Nov
23
2017
1

Tweet of the Night, Hey You Should Get This @HPLHS DART Free Download edition.

Seriously. You should. The HPLHS has some good artists in it and it’s free. I mean, geez, now I have to turn my phone back on to get it on there for the trip.

 

Oct
07
2017
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@HPLHS’s new Dark Adventure Radio Theater: The Rats in the Walls.

Not coming out until November, but the HPL Historical Society puts out some good radio plays.  I look forward to listening to The Rats in the Walls, which I recall being a thoroughly over-the-top story about poisoned ancestry and dark deeds and people fainting at what other people’s family do.  And, of course, the rats. The rats in the walls…

Aug
18
2017
1

Just finished @HPLHS’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

As to the novel itself, I am persuaded by Ken Hite:

Which is perhaps the most frightening thing, to me at any rate, about this piece. A (patchwork?) first draft, written in well under two months in 1927 and abandoned wrongly and foolishly by the author, is the second-greatest horror novel of all time. (Lovecraftian italics very much intentional.) The mind reels at how good a novel, and perhaps how many more years of Lovecraft’s life, he and we were cheated of by HPL’s “renunciation” of this work. It sat in pieces in his files or wherever for the next decade, while *four separate publishers* asked him if he had a novel they could see. Talk about lost and saved in a library.

…The radio play does it justice.  It’s two hours long, but The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is worth it if you at all enjoy audio-only horror.  This one may be my single favorite HPLHS Dark Adventure Radio Theater, and I rate this series highly.  They really do get the atmosphere right in this particular production.

Aug
18
2017
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HPL Historical Society giving away digital copies of DART’s The Call of Cthulhu.

That would be the Dark Adventure Theater Radio adaptation of The Call of Cthulhu, and I hadn’t gotten that one yet.  Which is nice: nine times out of ten, when I see one of these specials or giveaways it’s for something that I already own, so I can’t take advantage of it or anything.  Mind you, the physical CDs typically come with physical props that could be used in later gaming — HPLHS is absolutely aware of the various Call of Cthulhu RPGs — so I may pick up one later anyway.  But for right now I can still listen to it.

They’re doing it for Lovecraft’s birthday, so get it soon.

Jul
25
2017
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Time for @HPLHS’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and bed.

I have been, ah, persuaded that going to bed too late and making up for it with naps in the day is probably not good for me, so I’m trying to keep more regular hours.  Which has led to… more naps in the day, but apparently that’s just my body taking advantage of more regular sleep patterns to demand still more sleep.  It’s probably like a spring unwinding, in that special ‘not like a spring unwinding at all’ way.

Anyway: time for some Dark Adventure Radio Theater (The Case of Charles Dexter Ward), then sleep.

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