Above: the CD, the Providence Journal, a page from Borellus, a photo of Charles and the Curwen painting, and a letter from Orne to Curwen. (click to enlarge)

Below: Cover artwork by Darrell Tutchton
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Dark Adventure Radio Theatre
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

"I have brought to light a monstrous abnormality,
but I did it for the sake of knowledge."

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward brings Lovecraft's novella to life as it might have been adapted for radio in the 1930s. This special 2 CD set dramatizes HPL's longest story with a huge cast of professional actors, exciting sound effects and thrilling original music by Reber Clark. This tale of ancestral evil and supernatural horror in Lovecraft's beloved Providence is a favorite among HPL fans. It's our understanding that this story has not previously been recorded in English.

Charles Dexter Ward is a bright high school student in 1920s Providence. He investigates genealogical records about his ancestor, Joseph Curwen, a dubious character who fled Salem before the witchcraft trials. Charles' inquiry takes a number of dark and nefarious turns, leading to grave robbing, ritual magic, murder and madness. Can a horror that started centuries ago be stymied, or will occult fiends succeed in their hideous ambitions?

In addition to two 77 minute CDs (the total show is more than two and half hours) containing the radio drama, you'll get these carefully made props from the story to enhance your listening experience:

• A clipping from the Providence Journal, describing the escape of a patient from a mental hospital

• A letter from Simon Orne to Joseph Curwen discussing their diabolical undertakings

• A photograph Charles Ward with the restored portrait of Joseph Curwen

• A page from Borellus' grimoire, detailing the use of essential saltes, with notations by Joseph Curwen

These great props are complimented by the fantastic artwork of illustrator Darrell Tutchton in the style you've come to know and love from other episodes of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre.

In a hurry? Don't want the props or a CD? Click here for the downloadable version of the show.

Don't miss our other episodes of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre. Everything you ever wanted to know about Dark Adventure Radio Theatre is right here.

Price $26.50


Listener Brown Monkey says:
Once again they are amazing productions. ( But you must know that ! ) I was lucky enough to already have MOM, and SooT, so I was really excited when I got them. COC was great. But CoCDW blew me away. You guys do such an amazing job of taking a non-linear HPL story line and making it work as an audio production. Once again, thank you for producing such great productions.

Scott in Hillburn, NY wrote to say:
"The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" is in a three-way tie for being my favorite Lovecraft story. The other two, "Shadow Over Innsmouth" and "The Dunwich Horror" were of course given the DART treatment some years ago. As much as I wanted Ward to complete my trifecta I didn't expect it to actually happen. I thought it was too long, being more a novella than a story. I thought it was too complex, with the constant shifting between past and present. I just didn't see how anyone could make a decent script out if it. Thanks very much for proving me wrong. Very, very wrong. Your ensemble did a brilliant job, and I no longer discount the possibility of ANY story being adapted.

Tamara from California says,
The programs you produce are amazing and so incredibly well done. They have also saved us on long car rides; my girls (6 and 8) absolutely love them. Their favorite is The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. They have the radio announcer speeches down pat; it's hilarious to hear these two little voices in the back seat loudly proclaiming "If it looks bad, don't look! And save the last bullet...for YOURSELF." Not to mention when they start chanting "Ia yah, Yog Sothoth!" and anything else they can memorize. I really need to record them.