A young artist has dreams of a Cyclopean city from beneath the waves, and when he seeks out a wise professor for help, he unlocks years' worth of hidden horrors. A police inspector confronts depraved cultists in the swamps of Louisiana, and finds a hideous idol of an otherworldly god. Sailors adrift in the south Pacific encounter ageless cosmic evil on an island that should not be. And the chronicler of these events dies under mysterious circumstances in Boston.

The Call of Cthulhu is Lovecraft's most famous and influential tale, having inspired generations of writers and artists, gamers and musicians, and dreamers of all kinds. It inspired the classic role-playing game that introduced most of the founders of the HPLHS to the Mythos, and it inspired our 1920s-style film version of the same tale. The radio version allows us to bring you scenes that were omitted from the movie, and add a new dimension to the classic story. Our old-time radio adaptation features a cast of professional actors, exciting sound effects and music by Troy Sterling Nies (composer for the film of The Call of Cthulhu).

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

  • A page from the dream journal of Henry Wilcox, describing and picturing one of his dreams of the nightmare city.
  • The fateful page from the Sydney Bulletin, featuring the story and half-tone photo of the Cthulhu idol found on the Alert. (Text of the article by HPL himself!)
  • The mugshot and New Orleans Police measurement card for Castro, the most informative of the cultists captured during the swamp raid.
  • A photograph of the Eskimo Cthulhu idol, with a note from Professor William Channing Webb.

1. Opening 2:13
2. Found Among the Papers... 6:33
3. The Horror in Clay 14:45
4. The Tale of Inspector Legrasse 23:15
5. The Madness from the Sea 25:49
6. The Cultist 3:04
7. Closing 1:23
TRT 77:02

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 Call of Cthulhu. 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.

To get your own CD of The Call of Cthulhu 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
... Landlady, Greta Johansen
Sean Branney
... Castro, Rodrigues, Prof. Webb, Witness, Jabaley, Seaman
Mark Colson
... Inspector Legrasse
Dan Conroy
... Erskine Blackwell, Parker, Kincade, Thibidoux
Mike Dalager
... Galvez, Guerrera
Matt Foyer
... Detective Mallory, Dr. Tobey, Prof. Bell
Conny Laxéll
... Johansen
Andrew Leman
... Thurston, Prof. Quintana, Borque, Capt. Collins
Barry Lynch
... Sergeant Hale, Ångstrom
Erin Noble
... Swamp Mama, Kiwi Nurse, Museum Matron
David Pavao
... Prof. Henning, Hawkins
Kevin Stidham
... Henry Wilcox, Roy, Briden
Josh Thoemke
Time Winters
... Professor Angell, Swamp Papa, Vigilant Capt.
Dee Calhoun, David G. Cercone II, Reber Clark, Jonathan Crimmins, Bryan Davis, Martin Holt, Catrin Jones & Marc Thomas
... Cultists

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
"Haul Away Joe" performed by Slugger O'Toole
Cover and disc illustrations by Darrell Tutchton
Bonus props by Andrew Leman and Sean Branney
Nautical Consultants: Chief Michael W. Tapp, USCG, and Darrell Tutchton
Produced by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman

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

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