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
0

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.

Jun
28
2017
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In the E-mail: @HPLHS’s “The Haunter of the Dark.”

Specifically, the Dark Adventure Radio Theater The Haunter of the Dark.  The actual CD goes out next week, but if you pre-ordered it, check your email.  They’re sending out links.

The Haunter of the Dark is HP Lovecraft’s last known story, one of his best stories, and also one of his most influential ones. Lots of people have taken no little inspiration from HPL’s Starry Wisdom cult and/or Shining Trapezohedron; there’s just something about the concepts that spark ideas in modern Mythos writers. And let me take this opportunity to recommend, once again, The Starry Wisdom Library: The Catalogue of the Greatest Occult Book Auction of All Time to all serious Lovecraft fans or gamemasters.  It is a marvelous resource for anyone writing or gaming in this genre, and (just in case the title didn’t make it obvious) it draws directly from The Haunter of the Dark. Check it out. Check it all out.

Jun
19
2017
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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…

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