The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has adapted several of Lovecraft's greatest stories as full length 1930s-style radio plays. The stories are fully dramatized and acted by a company of professional actors, backed with exciting sound effects and full original musical scores.
Our goal was to imagine what Lovecraft stories might have sounded like if they'd been adapted for broadcast over the wireless during Lovecraft's lifetime. The shows feature an old-fashioned sensibility, but the quality of the recordings far exceeds anything that could have been done in the 1930s.
In keeping with that old-time feel, Dark Adventure Radio Theatre has a "sponsor" and a host. The first four episodes are hosted by the mellifluous Chester Langfield, and sponsored by Fleurs-de-Lys Cigarettes. Chester succumbed to lung cancer and emphysema, and is replaced in the second group of four episodes by Erskine Blackwell, and the new sponsor, Forhan's Toothpaste. Most episodes run approximately seventy-five minutes long. ("The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" and "A Solstice Carol" are even longer!)
The HPLHS started out as an organization supporting live-action role playing games. For those games (which were often set in the 1920s and '30s), we would often make extremely realistic props which players could find and use as clues in their investigations. In keeping with our prop-making traditions, each of the Dark Adventure CDs is packaged with a set of four extremely realistic prop documents to enhance listeners' enjoyment of the show. These prop documents help pull the listener into the world of the story, and expand on details from each adventure.
In addition to offering the individual CDs, the HPLHS also offers a boxed set which includes four CDs in a custom-made diecut box in the shape of a classic tombstone radio, shown above. Click here for information about purchasing the Dark Adventure collection.
For more information on each individual show, click a CD cover below or use the buttons at the top of the screen.