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Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: Masks of Nyarlathotep

Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
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Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: Masks of Nyarlathotep is an epic tale of globe-trotting adventure inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, presented as a 1930s-style radio drama. Dark Adventure Radio Theatre presents the tale with an absurdly large cast of professional actors, exciting sound effects and thrilling original music by Troy Sterling Nies. 

Now, in partnership with Chaosium, we've adapted their most famed and beloved game supplement of all time -  Masks of Nyarlathotep - into a fully dramatized super episode of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre. And if you've never heard of or played the game - don't worry, you don't need to know anything about the game to enjoy this super-sized episode. The death of a dear old friend and an inquiry into a doomed archeological expedition spiral into a global investigation with dire repercussions. 

Can a handful of intrepid investigators make a stand against an insidious and bloodthirsty cult? Can a diabolical conspiracy be thwarted before a doomsday plan comes to fruition? Is there any hope for mankind against the machinations of an Elder God or will they meet only despair, death and madness?

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Chaosium, Inc. (P)2019 HPLHS, Inc.
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Terrifyingly Good

Magnificent performances by remarkable a cast combined with a script faithful to the source material combined to produced a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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Gripping

Great cast and acting. Useful companion for keepers who wish to hear the story played out before embarking on the campaign.

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  • Danny Cannon
  • 08-01-2020

Great Lovecraftian style adaptation!

If you are looking for a narrated story by H.P. Lovecraft, skip this. HOWEVER.... if you enjoy his style of writing and are up for a bit of dark humor and frivolity, well then..., This is a perfectly done, over the top, '30's style radio play, commercials included. I didn't even catch how hilarious the commercials were until about the 2nd or 3rd one. After that, they were as much fun as the play. I love the use of dramatic musical overtones, old style sound effects, and the commercial breaks. Yes, the drama is a touch overly dramatic. That's purposeful. Take it as a vehicle used during radio plays to express things so you can see them with your ear. Please remember that even though this is definitely a legitimate Lovecraft Universe story, it does have a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor. I'm getting more of these. I absolutely loved this one.

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  • Anita
  • 27-12-2019

most excellent!

I do love a really good radio play but this this takes me back well back to before I was but still!! remarkably done
if you play Call of Cthulhu and are familiar with masks of nyarlathotep the tantamount tour-de-force campaign, you'll love this. If you're playing through it still might be safe to listen to might give you some ideas. If you're running it! Cool beans to listen to this before or after and during. So much fun so so so much fun. If you don't know anything about any of those things, even if you don't know anything about HP Lovecraft, this is a fantastic tale of Adventure! Go for it just go for it.

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  • Sean Patrick Tracey
  • 25-11-2019

Another great one!

Absolutely loved it. Story was very well done, great cast at HPLHS. Please keep doing the Chaosium modules, between Brotherhood of the Beast and this one just great stuff.

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  • alikabok1966
  • 28-01-2020

Simply outstanding!

HPLHS, they set the benchmark on radio dramatizations and readings of HP Lovecraft's works. Outstanding

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-2020

Excellent story!!!

Great story, awesome presentation. It was full of action and adventure. Gripping story I actually found myself tooth,g for the characters and really got into the story. Also, the story was paced well enough so you weren't always sure what wad going to happen and the commercials were hilarious.

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  • Jessica
  • 03-01-2020

good but not very Lovecraftian

while thos is a charming adventure story that goes a long way towards recapturing the feel of old radio dramas, it doesn't especially recapture the spirit of classical Lovecraftian fiction.

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  • Bill Hacker
  • 07-07-2020

Very Well Done

The characters are amazing,, the voice acting is amazing. I love the occult themes. Really Really well done.

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  • Darryl Cobb
  • 24-06-2020

Just what I needed

This returned me to my college days, playing CoC in the dorms late into the night. Everything is here, including a few missed Sanity Rolls!

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  • AGB
  • 03-06-2020

Awesome above awesome!

Oh my gosh! I am so happy I bought this! It is so much fun and the theatrical cast and delivery was beyond anything I could have asked. It was superb! The fake commercials were hilarious and a perfectly acceptable “interruption” during the exciting parts. I can’t recommend this highly enough!

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  • Paul R. Baumeister Jr.
  • 15-05-2020

Fans of Lovecraft, this is for you!

Start to finish, I loved the odd mix of horror & tongue in cheek humor in this very well acted program. It’s done in the style of old radio dramas, complete with music, a cheesy narrator, & downright hilarious commercials you won’t want to skip.

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  • Mr. T. Marshall
  • 24-03-2020

Great

A thoroughly entertaining romp, melodramatic, great performances and a cracking storyline. An old fashioned style radio drama that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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  • Andrea Kennedy
  • 28-06-2020

Absolutely brilliant!

Brilliant vintage radio show format complete with hilarious adverts such as 4 hands toothpaste, infused with Radium! loved it!

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  • Robert Gray Bradley
  • 21-05-2020

Gloriously camp globe trotting adventure

Glorious camp globe trotting adventure touching on many of Lovecraft's works. All this set up as a old radio show with ad breaks and all (which can be a little distracting) but the main point is to not take it too seriously and enjoy a penny dreadful style adventure.

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  • L
  • 13-05-2020

Epic, professional, sublime

Epic, professional, sublime. The entire HPLHS DART series is AMAZING, with only three "ok" dramatisations and every other one (over a dozen) knocking it out of the park! IMO. So much top-drawer content. Just don't judge the rest of the splendid dramatisations by the noisey ATMOM episode (an earlier attempt).

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  • Der Dude
  • 08-05-2020

Absolute trash

Love, Lovecraft stories but this isn't anything close to Lovecraft and has been butchered by mass injection of current politics and ideology.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-04-2020

A rare miss.

I'm a big fan of the HP Lovecraft Historical Society but this, this is the first negative review I've ever given to one of their works. Previously all their works have been pretty damn good attempts to recreate the early radio broadcasts, the script for this one, just doesn't seem to be as authentic, the minor injections of modern politics particularly grate. In short if you like HPLS's work then you might enjoy this but I would consider this as the last one you buy once you have the others because it's by far the least impressive, in script and performance quality.

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  • M C Sabais
  • 18-04-2020

Great Play

A wonderful interpretation of the classic Call of Cthulhu campaign. I enjoyed it very much

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  • Napalmtheelf
  • 26-03-2020

Excellent

Well made and produced, classic period radioplay, amusing radio adverts, well performed.... And even better, I remember playing this scenario back in the day.
All round brilliant production.
What could make me happier?
If these guys teamed up with Chaosium again and did another full length version of  Call of Cthulhu: Horror on the Orient Express.

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  • ham.103
  • 25-02-2020

My Spooky and Kooky Adventure!

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre is so much fun to listen to. Their adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s work are great and Masks of Nyarlathotep is as well. The actors did a great job, and the story itself is exciting. What’s not to love about chasing cultists around the world while trying to solve a murder mystery? My only criticism would be some performance issues, specifically that the “group chuckles” were painfully forced and sometimes Hazel was a bit over-the-top, but these are little things.

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  • Craig
  • 24-01-2020

Cthulhu fhtagn

Excellent work by a fantastic cast. Really enjoyed this and I hope they produce many more.