In the (e-)Mail: THE IRON MAIDEN Dark Adventure Radio Theater production.

THE IRON MAIDEN is the HPL Historical Society’s latest Dark Adventure Radio Theater (DART). It’s not based on a Lovecraft story, because they’re out of those; but the good folks of the HPLHS have their little ways to bring something into the Mythos, yes, they do. I’m listening to it right now; the props will come in a few weeks. As always: check it out.

New DART from @hplhs planned for 2024: “The Iron Maiden.”

The Iron Maiden” will be based off of “The Venus of Ille” by 19th Century French writer Prosper Merimée, and I believe that this is a translation of that story. It’s an interesting choice, more folkloric than horrific. Or, rather, it’s proto-horror; Lovecraft associates it with the Gothic tradition, approvingly. It’s a subtly gory story, and I look forward to hearing it translated into a radio drama.


The HPL Historical Society has announced its next Dark Adventure Radio Theater: THE TEMPLE OF JUPITER AMMON. “Celebrated treasure hunter Count Byron Khun de Prorok leads an expedition into the Libyan Desert in an attempt to find the lost tomb of Alexander the Great at the Temple of Jupiter Ammon. Can the Count succeed where countless others have failed, and recover one of history’s greatest archeological finds? Or are some secrets buried with good reason, and those who seek them doomed to be met with madness and disaster? For this episode, the Dark Adventure team has taken a real historical expedition from the 1920s and pumped it full of horror, action, and thrills worthy of a dark adventure.” They have, alas, more or less run out of HP Lovecraft stories to do at this point, but that’s all right. There’s plenty of weird tales out there.

If you pre-ordered the @HPLHS’s THE SHUNNED HOUSE DART, it’s available for download.

The physical version is going to be sent out next week, but you can download THE SHUNNED HOUSE now if you preordered. I don’t think it’s available for actual purchase yet, but it’ll probably be ready soon. I’m listening to it right now; it’s up to the HPLHS’s usual high technical standards.


That’s pretty much it, except that PURGATORY CHASM is apparently an original Dark Adventure Radio Theater production, and not an adaptation of Lovecraft (or contemporary horror author). Which is not too surprising: all the best HPL works have been adapted by now. Although I wouldn’t say no to seeing an adaptation of Robert Howard’s PIGEONS FROM HELL…

In the mail: @HPLHS Swag!

Specifically, the Dark Adventure Radio Theater prop binder and a Miskatonic University T-Shirt. Oddly, I don’t really have any Miskatonic U stuff. Which is weird, honestly. The binder’s because they’ve switched over to a model where they send you a CD sleeve with the DART itself, plus all the props that they put into a DART, and put that all in a binder sheet. And I needed the prop binder because my DARTS are out of control. Once I get paper CD sleeves for the radio plays themselves, the consolidation of my DART collection will be a wonder to behold.

‘Music of Dark Adventure.’

I may pick this up, if I get Christmas money that can be translated into HPLHS. Basically, the HPL Historical Society collected all of the orchestral music they use for their Dark Adventure Radio Theater shows and is now offering them in an album. I like it! If I ran a Call of Cthulhu game, I wouldn’t be waiting to pick it up.

In the email: The @HPLHS’s THE CURSE OF YIG DART.

It’s still technically still on preorder, but the HPL Historical Society decided to drop the MP3 for Halloween for everybody who preordered. Happy Halloween to me! I’m listening to it now.

Moe Lane

PS: Entertainingly, the free short story from my TALES FROM THE FERMI RESOLUTION Kickstarter is ‘A Bargain With Yig.’ Only in mine, he’s… well, why not read the story?

@HPLHS offering *20% off* on Dark Adventure Radio Theater episodes!

This is an eldritch good deal, folks. I grabbed HERBERT WEST – REANIMATOR right away, when I saw this. ‘Course, I’m kind of out of other DARTs to buy at this point, but isn’t that sort of an endorsement right there?


I’m running out of DARTs to buy! Which is kind of alarming. On the other hand, I’m holding out for HERBERT WEST – REANIMATOR. The story itself is a little clunky sometimes, but I have high hopes for the radio play adaptation, as those clunky bits will likely dissolve utterly when actually dramatized with sound and everything. Again, here’s hoping.

Continue reading In the e-Mail: @HPLHS’s THE DREAMS IN THE WITCH HOUSE DART.