Free Cthulhu Game!

A free version of their popular iOS title, ‘Call of Cthulhu:The Wasted Land’ is now availble. Until now the game has only been available as a paid-for title but the free version allows players to dip their toe into the pool of insanity first. In the free version, the first mission (titled ‘The Battle of Pudding Lane’) and the training mission are free. From there if players are still not sure about diving in they can continue onwards paying $0.99/?0.59/?0.79 per level. However from this point if you are enjoying the game it makes much more sense to buy the full game for the normal price of $4.99/?2.99/?3.99. In both versions of the game, new DLC levels can be purchased.

The game’s designer, Tomas Rawlings, quoted, ?We wanted to give players who might be interested in either the game or the concepts a chance to try out the title before they commit their hard earned cash to it. With the free version they can try the game out first and then if they like what they see, we’d hope they buy the full version.?

If you are new to this cult title, it is a turn-based strategy RPG inspired by the writings of classic horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Red Wasp Design co-operated with the publishers of the paper version of the RPG, Chaosium, in making the game. The normal version of the game features nine 3D levels set in the trenches of World War One. In ‘The Wasted Land’ the player uses their team of investigators to uncover a deadly conspiracy underlying the Great War. As the game progresses, the player can build up the skills, weapons and equipment of their team. Barbed wire, mustard gas and machines guns will prove to be the least dangerous things the investigators will encounter as they venture out into No-man’s Land to solve the mystery of the Wasted Land.

New HP Lovecraft Audiobook read By Richard Coyle

5 Episodes of Audio Glory
HP Lovecraft, the American master of horror, has one of his most twisted tales adapted into a brand new audiobook.

Previously heard abridged on BBC Radio 4 Extra, the audiobook version can be found in it’s full length glory at Spokenworld Audio.

This new adaptation is read by British actor Richard Coyle, possibly best know as Jeff from Coupling, which is a crime as his genre credits include BBC’s STRANGE, Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and the FABLE video game series.

As usual Spokenworld Audio have taken care to make this full length version available through their website, and offer download in 192Kbps MP3, 256Kbps MP3 and 320Kbps MP3 formats (at the same price) – so you can enjoy the audio book as best suits you.

The perfect HP Lovecraft title to follow on from 2010’s “At The Mountains Of Madness”, and the only HPL title not to appear in a periodical! Perfect also because it is split in to 5 distinct chapters…ripe for abridgement in to five half hour episodes!

?The Shadow Over Innsmouth? tells the first-person story of a young historian, Robert Olmstead, who, while investigating his family genealogy in New England, is intrigued to learn about a hated and mysterious fishing-town called Innsmouth. When he visits he finds the place to be run-down and near-deserted, with a cult-like religion and a strange, degenerate population. His investigation soon turns in to a race to escape the town and the the evil creatures he sees emerging from the sea.

?The Shadow Over Innsmouth? was written by HP Lovecraft in 1931 and is the only one of his works of fiction not to have initially been published as part of a periodical. It continues HPL’s Cthulhu Mythos, featuring townspeople worshipping the elder sea god Dagon and mentioning the mysterious Shoggoth creature of his other works.

Howard Phillips “H. P.” Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 ? March 15, 1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the sub-genre known as weird fiction. As early as the 1940s, Lovecraft had developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fiction featuring a pantheon of humanity-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical.

Although Lovecraft’s readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown and he is now regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century. Stephen King called him ?the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.?

This 2011 adaptation comprises 5 episodes, originally aired on BBC Radio 4 Extra, once again read by the superb RICHARD COYLE and featuring music by acclaimed composer JON NICHOLLS. The series is offered here in exclusive EXTENDED EDITIONS. You will find an additional 30 mins of mystery-filled audio within these five episodes!

For more information and to download visit Spokenworld Audio

Full Innsmouth Audio Details

The Shadow Over Innsmouth Audio Drama CD
The Shadow Over Innsmouth Audio Drama CD

The Shadow Over Innsmouth is the fourth in the continuing series of full cast 1930s style radio dramas? of an H P Lovecraft story from the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre. This is exclusively available to order with Shopscifi.co.uk

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: The Shadow Over Innsmouth is much in the style of The (Orwellian) War of the Worlds adaptation. A with a huge cast of professional actors (bulked by audio contributions from a number of fans around the world doing deep one Croaks), exciting sound effects and thrilling original music by Troy Sterling Nies (composer for The Call of Cthulhu). Discover what fate has in store for you as you delve into this cherished tale of ichthyic horrors.

In addition to the full 77 minute radio drama on CD, there is a bundle of carefully made props relating to the story to enhance your listening experience:

? A clipping from the New York Evening Graphic describing the government raid on Innsmouth

? A genuine matchbook from Innsmouth’s historic Gilman House Hotel

? A souvenir postcard from the Newburyport Historical Society with a picture of their prized Innsmouth tiara. The illustration was created for HPLHS by noted fantasy artist Keith Thompson

? A hand-drawn map of Innsmouth on the wrapping paper of the First National grocery chain. And yes, it really is “scratch-n-sniff”. Ew.

All of this means that the CD case will almost literally be bursting at the seams. As with the other relasese you wil lhave to have a nice safe place to store these extras as with the previous 3 titles you will not be able to figure out how they all fitted.

RRP in the UK is 14.99 – currently only available at Shopscifi.co.uk. Please note they are awaitig stock so it might not ship to customers before Christmas

Even More HP Lovecaft Audio Dramas

Prototype Shadow Out Of Time CD Cover

After their fantastic work on Mountains of Madness and Dunwich Horror DART (Dark Adventure Radio Theater) have just completed recording 2 further HP Lovecraft audio dramas.

With regards to choosing stories DART had to look for ones that have good dramatic potential and would make for

an exciting listening experience. Adapting Lovecraft dramatically is a tricky deal; many of his stories are great, but they’re not dramatic or well suited to dramatic formats like movies and radio plays. Once a story was settled on, the creative team went away and try to make a dramatic retelling of the story which will be suited particularly to listening. The general policy is to keep as much Lovecraft as we can in our Lovecraftian adaptations. Getting too far away from Howard, we’ll lose the quality about that writing that attracts fans in the first place.

Many of HPL’s stories are about characters going through intense mental events. Often documents, letters, and diaries play an important part in the story. But at the end of the day, listeners don’t want to hear a story about a gu

y reading his mail or writing his will; they want stories where thing happen. For audio dramas liberties have to be taken with some of the stories to make things as active and dramatic as we can. For example, in the new script for The Shadow Over Innsmouth, Olmstead (the narrator) is being interviewed by a federal agent. In the story, Olmstead simply tells what happened to him in Innsmouth. In the radio play, he’s divulging information to an agent who is very interested because he…well, that would be telling.

Characters are added as need and often bring to life scenes which might be only referred to in passing in the story. For example in The Shadow Out of Time, Peaslee describes his family as being frightened of his post-amnesia personality. Scenes were written wherein the family actually talks with Peaslee as he’s waking up. We experience it with them rather than just having him tell us what happened.

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wo 75 minute radio dramas were recorded back to back, offering a set of logistical challenges. This meant fifteen actors playing forty-six roles in 160 pages of script had to record everything in just 15h hours. DART held one rehearsal to get everyone on the same proverbial page, tune dialects and polish performances. In the end, they had just one ten-hour session followed by a five hour session. Fortunately they managed to make it through both scripts in their entirety.

In the past, DART have done recording sessions at their theatre, The Banshee. In a great many ways it’s not an ideal place to record. This time the decision was made to bite the proverbial bullet and rent a commercial recording studio with a professional sound engineer. This resulted in a much better quality recordings and a more efficient process.

Prototype Shadow Out Of Time CD Cover

More HP Lovecraft Horror In The UK

PRE Import / Export Limited will be the exclusive UK distributor for the DARK RADIO THEATRE audio dramas.

Currently there are two productions available, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADDNESS which has already enjoyed a limited well received UK release and THE DUNWICH HORROR which will have its first release in the UK from1st September 2008 (TBC).

Both CDs are based on stories by H.P. Lovecraft, one of the forefathers of modern horror

Both adaptations of the classic horror tales are 75 minute full cast audio dramas, not just a talking book. Also both feature a number of collectible replica documents that are ideal for use in horror role play games, or simply to be enjoyed as visual aids for the audio dramas.

Illustration by Darrell “Elder Thing” Tutchton
?2006

At the Mountains of Madness CD

“An expedition to the ends of the earth resulting in death and madness…”

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: At the Mountains of Madness brings Lovecraft’s tale to life as it might have been adapted for radio during his lifetime. In the style of The War of the Worlds and The Shadow, Dark Adventure Radio Theatre dramatizes HPL’s story with a cast of professional actors, exciting sound effects and original music by Troy Sterling Nies (composer for The Call of Cthulhu). Relive the excitement of 1930s radio with one of HP Lovecraft’s most exciting and fascinating stories: At the Mountains of Madness.

In addition to the full 75 minute radio drama, the CD packaging includes clippings from a 1930s newspaper chronicling the expedition’s progress in the Antarctic and reproductions of photographs of the ancient city taken by Danforth and Dyer which corroborate their findings. There’s even a reproduction from Danforth’s sketchbook, depicting the Elder Things and their fantastical murals. And of course it’s beautifully produced and packaged with the same deranged attention to detail that you’ll find in other HPLHS products.

Above: the CD, Wilbur’s diary, a Necronomicon page, the Arkham Advertiser clipping, and the Dunwich map.

Below: Cover artwork detail by Darrell Tutchton
?2008

The Dunwich Horror CD

“The hills of western Massachusetts contain dark and terrible secrets…”

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: The Dunwich Horror brings Lovecraft’s tale to life as it might have been adapted for radio during his lifetime. In the style of The War of the Worlds, The Shadow and our own At the Mountains of Madness, Dark Adventure Radio Theatre dramatizes HPL’s story with a huge cast of professional actors, exciting sound effects and thrilling original music by Troy Sterling Nies (composer for The Call of Cthulhu). Relive the excitement of 1930s radio with one of the most popular tales of the Cthulhu Mythos: The Dunwich Horror.

In addition to the full 75 minute radio drama on CD, you’ll get these carefully made props from the story to enhance your listening experience:

? A clipping from a 1917 copy of the Arkham Advertiser describing the Whateley family and the strangeness of the Dunwich region

? A vintage map of Dunwich, Sentinel Hill and the surrounding region

? A page from Wilbur Whateley’s diary with its bizarre occult cypher

? A replica of a key page from the Whateleys’ copy of John Dee’s Necronomicon

And of course it’s beautifully produced and packaged with a deranged attention to detail.

Both titles are RRP ?12.99 and are available from www.shopscifi.co.uk.

For wholesale enquiries please email sales@shopscifi.co.uk

About H.P Lovecraft

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 ? March 15, 1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, known then simply as weird fiction.

Lovecraft’s major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of Enlightenment, Romanticist, and Christian humanism. Lovecraft’s protagonists usually achieve the mirror-opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality.

Although Lovecraft’s readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades, and he is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.

About Dark Adventure Radio Theater

The HP Lovecraft Historical Society (HPLHS), creators of the silent film The Call of Cthulhu (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478988/) and many other strange things produced their audio adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s work as the Dark Adventure Radio Theater (DART).

The HPLHS was founded by friends Sean Branney and Andrew Leman in 1987 who share a common interest in the works of Lovecraft.

The HPLHS began publication of a monthly newsletter entitled Strange Eons, edited by Andrew Leman and Philip Bell, which continued for over two years. The Society also founded the HPLHS Press, which published very limited editions of books of interest to the membership. The society has grown to what it is today with numerous products and productions.

The motto of the HPLHS and the RHS is Ludo Fore Putavimus: a Latin phrase meaning ?We thought it would be fun.? And it is.

About PRE Import Export Limited

PRE Import Export Limited is the company that owns www.shopscifi.co.uk a specialist stockist of CD Audio Dramas including Doctor Who and Sapphire and Steel ranges.