The Black Stone

The Black Stone

  • November 27, 2022

The next episode of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre, "The Black Stone", is well into production and on target for a December 21 release. Composer extraordinaire Troy Sterling Nies is working on the final musical cues, Sean is polishing up the sound design, and Andrew is about to send the prop documents to the printer. Above is a hint of the final cover art by Darrell Tutchton.

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Miskatonic Literary Society

  • November 25, 2022

We are enormously pleased to announce the Miskatonic Literary Society, a new joint venture with our friends at Helios House Press. Helios House has produced a limited run of some wonderful editions of classic weird tales, and we are offering them on a quarterly subscription basis. Soon there will be a new page on this website with more information and bonus content.

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New Lapel Pins

  • November 25, 2022

We recently added nine new designs to our collection of lapel pins, bringing the total to 26! We have also reorganized the entire collection, featuring the Miskatonic Varsity pins, Call of Cthulhu® gaming pins, and Arkham Country pin designs. The new Investigator pin, shown above, features a magnetic attachment which allows you to display your current sanity status as needed. But be careful, if you lose that little blue magnetic shield your temporary insanity may become permanent! The new Keeper pin features a spinning wheel that can serve as a pair of D10, allowing you to use the pin itself to generate percentile rolls. You can find all the lapel pin designs HERE

The Shunned House

  • November 9, 2022

We recently acquired one of the very rare copies of "The Shunned House" originally printed by The Recluse Press but never bound into book form.

Featured Member

  • November 1, 2022

Our Member of the Month for November, 2022 is "Evil Ed" Macias of Seattle, Washington.

Ed says: "My cousin and I ventured into the wonderful world of Fantasy role-playing games by the age of eleven. We would love pitting our heroes against some of the most vile and powerful monsters that the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manuals would have to offer. I recall seeing the image of a Mind Flayer for the first time, and instantly knew that I had to place one of these these tentacled-faced terrors into our adventures. When I opened up the book and revealed this nightmarish, alien-looking creature to my cousin, the horrified look on his face made me smile, and I knew that this was going to be an encounter to remember for the ages. Many tears later, I learned that H.P. Lovecraft had inspired the creation of a vast variety of tentacled monstrosities, as well as cosmic horrors that lurk beyond the fragile veil of this reality, which I would take great glee to throw into a D&D campaign, much to my cousin’s trepidation.

I have been a huge fan of Classic Radio Shows since I was a kid - the Theater of the Mind! They would stimulate my young and impressionable imagination to no end. I would listen enraptured for hours to various stories of science fiction, mystery, and detective dramas. Then, I discovered Dark Adventure Radio Theatre! "The Brotherhood Of The Beast" was my introductory experience to the weird and wonderful world of HPLHS. Since then, I have collected every DART dramatization, my favorite being "Masks of Nyarlathotep". My eternal gratitude for the passionate work that you do at HPLHS, to keep the memory of H.P. alive and spreading into everyone’s nightmares.

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More Call of Cthulhu!

  • October 13, 2022

Guest Keeper Michael Feldman ran a game of Call of Cthulhu for people who had never played the game before. Five investigators braved their way through "Edge of Darkness" from the Call of Cthulhu Starter Set. A grand time was had by all, including the two who died horribly. They got to play with deluxe versions of the props specially made for this session by HPLHS!

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Call of Cthulhu!

  • October 5, 2022

Last night the staff of HPLHS gathered here at headquarters to play Call of Cthulhu. Kevin Stidham and Kacey Camp had never played before, and Andrew hadn't played in a few years. Sean ran a scenario from "Hudson & Brand" by Stygian Fox, and Leslie Baldwin brought wonderful homemade cake to celebrate Stephanie Morey's birthday. Hammersmith now has one less ghost!

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Joshi in the (Virtual) Wild

  • October 5, 2022

We are happy to let you know that the Bridgeport Public Library has an upcoming virtual Lovecraft related event on October 26th @ 7 PM EST with S.T. Joshi: "H.P. Lovecraft in New England". Check it out HERE.

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Drawing the Weird

  • October 3, 2022

Southern California residents might wish to take advantage of this Lovecraft-relevant illustration class at Valley Art Workshop in Woodland Hills. Check out the details HERE.

Featured Member

  • October 1, 2022

Our Member of the Month for October, 2022 is Randy Hargis of Terre Haute, Indiana.

Randy says: "Being born and raised in Robinson, Ill. leaves most with the notion of a typical mid-western fellow. That may be true on the surface, but a curiosity that began with a youthful fascination with horror and true crime led me to an interest in the darker side of human nature.

My introduction to Lovecraft began in a secondhand bookstore in 1979 when I discovered a paperback copy of The Dunwich Horror with the otherworldly artwork of Rowena Morrill on the cover. I was hooked and it went from artistic interest to collecting obsession in short order. The thing I enjoy most about Lovecraft’s work is the nihilism of the mythos and man’s attempt at trying to understand it. A complicated yet simple definition of cosmic horror.

At the Mountains of Madness, "The Dunwich Horror", "The Hound", and the poem "Nemesis" are some of my favorite works. Other interests of mine in a similar vein are collectable “cousins” such as 1982’s The Thing. The practical effects and storyline tear a page out of the Lovecraft universe in my opinion.

H.P. inspired me to pursue and complete my master’s degree in Mathematics so I could tell when the stars were right and navigate the non-Euclidian pathways of life.

My love of H.P.’s stories has grown from fandom to collection, from books to statues to boardgames, as can be seen on my bookshelves (with apologies to my wife).

When I am not geeking out to the latest Dark Adventure Radio Theatre release, I live in Terre Haute, In. and work at local university helping students navigate the straits of transferring college credits.

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Equinox

  • September 21, 2022

Sending all our members and website visitors best wishes for the equinox! The solar declination is headed south across the equator, and the Earth's rotation axis is directly perpendicular to the Sun-Earth line. We hope you enjoy it!

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CoC gamers!

  • September 21, 2022

We are slowly but surely bringing back in-person gaming here at HQ, and our very own Stephanie launched a group of players into a game of Masks of Nyarlathotep here this week. Don't they all look happy? (Pictured here after just the first session....)