"Had my body been the vehicle of an alien consciousness from palaeogean gulfs of time?"

A strange case of amnesia strikes down a university professor. Five years later, he awakes with no recollection of the intervening time. He launches an investigation and discovers the horrifying reality behind his affliction, making a discovery that reverberates with cosmic horror.

Many scholars consider The Shadow Out of Time to be one of HPL's highest achievements in weird fiction. Here the scope of the horror reaches across the cosmos and through the vast essence of time itself. Dark Adventure Radio Theatre brings the weird tale to life as it might have been broadcast during Lovecraft's lifetime. This old-time radio adaptation features a cast of more than a dozen professional actors, exciting sound effects and a thrilling original musical score by Troy Sterling Nies (composer for The Call of Cthulhu). Sit down, dim the lights, fire up the wireless and enjoy 77 minutes of exciting Lovecraftian drama, suspense and cosmic horror.

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To enhance your listening pleasure, the HPLHS has packed the jewel case for The Shadow Out of Time with carefully created props from the story. You'll have

  • An annotated page from the fiendish tome Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten (in the original German)
  • A 1908 clipping from the Arkham Advertiser about Nathaniel Peaslee and his mysterious illness
  • An illustrated article from the British Medical Journal about Peaslee's dreams of Yithian architecture
  • An urgent ship-to-shore Marconigram sent to Peaslee while aboard H.M.S. Empress
  • Plus extra bonus props as downloadable PDF documents, available to those who purchase the CD

1. Opening 2:24
2. Amnesia 12:05
3. The Great Race 31:36
4. Australia 14:09
5. Into the Dark 16:08
6. Closing 1:12
TRT 77:33

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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.

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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 Shadow Out of Time. The performance of the script turned out to be longer than can fit on a CD, so you will see portions of the script in strikeout which were deleted from the final CD. Note: this script is a readalong companion to Dark Adventure Radio Theatre. This script may not be performed without the written consent of HPLHS, Inc.

To get your own CD of The Shadow Out of Time direct from us, the show's creators, click here. Want to hear it immediately? Click here to buy the MP3 download of the show.

Leslie Baldwin
... Alice Peaslee
Aidan Branney
... Robert Peaslee
Sean Branney
... Mr. Fife, Woodville, Dyer
Kacey Camp
... Young Wingate
Mark Colson
... Conductor, Dr. Chambers
Dan Conroy
... Wireless Operator, Mackenzie
Steve Coombs
... Tyler, Wingate Peaslee
Matt Foyer
... Purser, Professor Freeborn
McKerrin Kelly
... Fleur Girl, Mrs. Fife, Sally
Andrew Leman
... Nathaniel Peaslee
Anna Lerbom
... Swedish Librarian
Barry Lynch
... Dr. Creighton, Professor Ashley
John A. McKenna
Radio Chief, Professor Boyle
Josh Thoemke
... Announcer
Noah Wagner
... Chester Langfield

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
German translation by Peter Lang
Thanks to Judy Ruha, Michael Dalager and the Uppsala Bibliotek Volunteer Research Team
Produced by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman

Click the image below for a PDF of the liner notes!

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