Dagon: War of Worlds

Previous episodes of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre have all been adaptations of a single classic Lovecraft story. As the series expanded, we knew we wanted to adapt some of HPL’s shorter works, and yet still provide full feature-length episodes of audio drama. “Dagon” was on the list of favorite and often-requested stories, but being only five pages long, and having only one character and no real plot, we realized we’d need to rework it substantially to make it fit the Dark Adventure line. Written in 1917, “Dagon” was one of HPL’s stories which was directly inspired by a dream. It was also one of his first returns to writing fiction after a nine-year hiatus. This brief story foreshadowed the theme of great undersea horrors that would reappear in his greater works “The Call of Cthulhu and “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”.

Lovecraft incorporated elements from “Dagon” into “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.” We had already done a Dark Adventure episode of that story, but the tale ends with many questions unanswered. Old Zadok Allen hints that the Deep Ones have a master plan for world domination, and that they are in league with Shoggoths. He also says that the old Kanaky islanders knew of certain symbols that could drive Deep Ones away. The town has been raided and no one really knows what has become of the Marsh family and the other members of the Esoteric Order of Dagon. And in the closing lines, the protagonist Robert Olmstead declares his intention to bust his cousin out of the insane asylum and join the Deep Ones in Y’ha-nthlei. We saw an opportunity to pick up where Innsmouth left off, incorporate “Dagon”—and maybe even more than that—and create an exciting new adventure unlike anything our audience has ever heard.

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To enhance your listening pleasure and take you deeper into the story, as always we include bonus prop documents. But to reveal too much detail about them would spoil certain surprises in the plot, so we won't give away too much. The CD version of the episode comes with:

  • A memo from the U.S. Navy about a certain incident in the South Pacific ocean
  • A page from the Portsmouth Daily Herald with certain shocking details
  • The prison records of a certain member of the Esoteric Order of Dagon
  • A top-secret government document smuggled out of a certain fascist European country
  • Pre-order buyers: a teletype news bulletin
  • Track Listing

    1. Opening 3:50
    2. The Bay 10:49
    3. The Navy Yard 12:23
    4. Opean Ocean 13:56
    5. Treacherous Currents 11:09
    6. The Island 12:40
    7. The Turning Tide 10:53
    8. Closing 1:55
    Total Runtime 77:35

    Cast and Crew

    Aidan Branney...Raleigh Radioman
    Sean Branney...Walter Davis, Raymond Roquelo, Nathaniel Ward
    Dan Conroy...Erskine Blackwell
    Mike Dalager...Mare Island Dispatch, Alcatraz, Petty Officer Hobbs
    Lucas Dixon...Charlie Tower
    Matt Foyer..."Dagon" Actor, Dr. Chapman, Robert Olmstead
    Andrew Leman...Nathan Reed, Barnabas Marsh
    Jacob Andrew Lyle...Ensign Isaza
    Barry Lynch...Admiral Brookstone, Palos Captain
    John A. McKenna...Captain Craig
    Grinnell Morris...Radioman 3rd Class Dalager
    Kevin Stidham...Clark Holloway, Portland Dispatch, New Zealand, WWN Assistant
    Josh Thoemke...Announcer
    Time Winters...David Merlin, Bert Philips
    Ruth Horne, Logan Loughmiller, Tobias Nilsson, Tom Woodger...Additional voices

    Inspired by the stories "Dagon", The Shadow Over Innsmouth" and "The Temple" H. P. Lovecraft
    Radio adaptation by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman
    Original music by Reber Clark
    Dark Adventure Theme and WWN Fanfare by Troy Sterling Nies
    "Bub-L-Pep Jingle" written by Andrew Leman
    arranged and performed by Harald Lindell and Kathleen Demarest
    Raymond Roquelo & his Orchestra play "Little Dutch Mill" (1934) by Ralph Freed and Harry Barris; "Midnight, the Stars and You" (1934) by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry Woods; "Don't Give Up the Ship" (1935) by Al Dubin and Harry Warner; all tunes arranged by Reber Clark
    Audio engineering by Daniel McMains
    Engineering assistance by Adam Pardee
    Cover and disc illustrations by Darrell Tutchton
    Bonus props by Andrew Leman and Sean Branney
    German translation by Eddy Will
    Produced by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman

    Script, Liner Notes & More

    The story in this episode was so big, that just one newspaper clipping couldn't do it justice. So we created an entire 8-page broadsheet size newspaper as a special bonus prop. The front page alone is full of spoilers, so we won't show you a picture of it here, but you can find it in the HPLHS online store.

    If you find you have a Deep One problem yourself, you might be interested in the set of Deep One Summoning Stones, sent by Nate Ward to Charlie Tower along with a lengthy handwritten letter describing how he acquired them and four sketches of their use.

    Dagon Stones

    For your enjoyment, we present free PDF downloads of the final recording script and liner notes of Dagon: War of Worlds. 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.

    The Dreams in the Witch House
    Episode 9
    The Dreams in the Witch House
    Imprisoned with the Pharaohs
    Episode 10
    Imprisoned with the Pharaohs
    The Horror at Red Hook
    Episode 11
    The Horror at Red Hook
    Liner Notes
    Liner Notes
    Dagon: War of Worlds