The impact of a meteorite on a remote Massachusetts farm unleashes a strange and disturbing series of events. Before men of science from Miskatonic University can determine what it is, the space rock apparently evaporates. But terrible changes overtake the farm and its inhabitants, propelling them on a horrific course of desolation, madness, and death. The sole surviving witness to the events unwinds a chilling and disturbing tale of cosmic horror.
The Colour Out of Space was Lovecraft's personal favorite of his own stories, and one of which he was justly proud. It is one of the best embodiments of the principles of the weird tale that Lovecraft lays out in his essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature,"for the Colour itself is unknowable and remains almost entirely unexplained. The Colour is a chillingly effective symbol for our perilously limited understanding of the vast cosmos beyond our solar system. The Dark Adventure Radio Theatre adaptation retains this feeling of cosmic menace, and adds a poignant human touch with its dramatization of what happens to the Gardner family and their neighbors, beautifully played by our talented professional cast, and underscored with haunting music by Troy Sterling Nies. It's a great weird tale made even better!
To enhance your listening pleasure, the HPLHS has packed the jewel case for The Colour Out of Space with carefully created props that expand the world of the story. You'll have
A clipping from the special Sunday Pictorial section of the Boston Daily Advertiser, with a photograph of the Gardners standing next to the meteorite impact crater.
An 1882 letter from Professor Charles Lamb on vintage Miskatonic University letterhead, explaining the difficulty of investigating the Gardner meteorite.
A memo from the Metropolitan District Water Supply Commission, authorizing the construction of the reservoir that will drown the site.
The plaintive last will and testament of Nahum Gardner.
For your convenience in feeding your iPod or other player with the appropriate images, we're pleased to provide the cover art for the show. For a high-resolution version, please click on the image to the right.
Some Dark Adventure Radio Theatre fans have asked if we'd make the scripts available so people can read along. So here, for your enjoyment, is a free PDF download of the final recording script of The Colour Out of Space. 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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Martha Pierce, Merwin Gardner
Abel Cooke, Professor Lamb
Edith Green, Abigail Gardner
Erskine Blackwell, Professor Humburg, Doc Marsh, Chas Needham
E. Lapham Peabody, Professor Barnes, Doctor Fleming
Hughes, Sheriff Clark
Stephen Rice, Mason Stubbs, Deputy Peterman, Barrow
Sarah Van der Pol
Based on the story by H. P. Lovecraft
Radio adaptation by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman
Original music by Troy Sterling Nies
Audio engineering by Chris Horvath
Cover and disc illustrations by Darrell Tutchton
Bonus props by Andrew Leman and Sean Branney
Scenic miniatures by Fred Manchento, Jason Voss & Andrew Leman
Produced by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman
Click the image below for a PDF of the liner notes!