The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

A story so big it can't be contained on one CD! It's Lovecraft's novel of necromancy and malevolent ancestors. Charles Dexter Ward gets more than he bargains for when he looks into his family history, and learns the value of the warning "Do not call up that which you cannot put down."

A feature-packed TWO-CD set, the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre adaptation of "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" fills two episodes with horror and drama, and original music by Reber Clark.

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To enhance your listening pleasure, the HPLHS has packed the jewel case for The Case of Charles Dexter Ward with carefully created props from the story. You'll have

  • A letter from the nefarious Simon Orne to Joseph Curwen discussing their diabolical plans.
  • The fateful page from the Providence Journal, featuring an article about an escaped madman named Charles Dexter Ward.
  • A page from Borellus' occult grimoire which describes the use of essential saltes in the raising of the dead.
  • A photograph of Charles posing with the restored portrait of Joseph Curwen.
  • Track Listing

    Disc 1
    1. Opening 2:38
    2. A Result and a Prologue 3:27
    3. An Antecedent and a Horror 18:26
    4. The Raid 14:55
    5. A Search and an Evocation 23:35
    6. The Return 12:21
    7. Closing 1:15
    Total Runtime 76:54

    Track Listing

    Disc 2
    1. Opening 3:01
    2. A Mutation and a Madness 23:24
    3. Insanity 8:28
    4. A Nightmare and a Cataclysm 19:04
    5. Allen/Charles/Curwen 7:27
    6. A Reckoning 14:45
    7. Closing 1:09
    Total Runtime 77:16

    Cast and Crew

    Leslie Baldwin...Mrs. Ward
    Aidan Branney...Mr. Jackson
    Sean Branney...Wooten, Captain Whipple, Robertson, Thackeray
    Mark Colson...John Brown, Herman Younger
    Dan Conroy...Erskine Blackwell, Ezra Weeden
    Mike Dalager...Eleazar Smith, Fifer, Gomes
    Matt Foyer...Sterling, Fenner, Duty Tillinghast, Talbot, Lunatic
    Maeve Kiely...Eliza Tillinghast
    Andrew Graves...Dr. Lyman, Merritt
    Andrew Leman...Mr. Ward, Stephen Hopkins, Peabody, Alienist
    Barry Lynch...Dr. Marinus Bicknell Willett
    Erin Noble...Mrs. Fenner, Mrs. Jackson
    David Pavao...Rev. Manning, Snyder
    Kevin Stidham...Charles Dexter Ward/Dr. Allen/Joseph Curwen
    Josh Thoemke...Announcer
    Time Winters...Dr. Waite, Jabez Bowen
    Dee Calhoun, David G. Cercone II, Reber Clark, Jonathan Crimmins, Martin Holt, & Catrin Jones...Old Providence raiders/crypt creatures

    Based on the story by H. P. Lovecraft
    Radio adaptation by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman
    Original music by Reber Clark
    Dark Adventure Theme by Troy Sterling Nies
    Audio engineering by Chris Horvath
    Cover and disc illustrations by Darrell Tutchton
    Bonus props by Andrew Leman and Sean Branney
    Produced by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman

    Script, Liner Notes & More

    As a very special bonus prop for this episode, we are happy to offer jars of Essential Saltes. It seems that when "Dr. Allen" went missing, some jars of Saltes that were mailed to him from Romania got stuck in the dead letter office. Now you can recover them, and read the enclosed letter from one of Curwen's nefarious colleagues.

    Essential Saltes

    For your enjoyment, we present free PDF downloads of the final recording script and liner notes of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Note: this script is only for use for reading along with Dark Adventure Radio Theatre; no performance of the script may be made without written consent of the HPLHS.

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    Episode 8
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    Liner Notes
    Liner Notes
    The Case of Charles Dexter Ward