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Live Events!

From time to time the HPLHS hosts live events at its global headquarters in Glendale, California. Click THIS LINK or the image above to see the current list of upcoming events.

Gwen Callahan

Visiting Dignitary

  • April 16, 2018

The HPLHS was pleased to welcome visiting dignitary Gwen Callahan at headquarters. Gwen was in town to check out Monsterpalooza, a fun local monster convention that celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Gwen and her husband, Brian, are the brains behind the awesome t-shirt company SighCo, and also run The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. We were excited to talk to Gwen about some plans for Portland later this year, and maybe some other events too! Stay tuned!

Call of Cthulhu Newbies

Call of Cthulhu Newbies

  • April 13, 2018

Keeper of the Arcane Lore Sean Branney initiated a stalwart group of beginners to the thrills and terrors of Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu at headquarters recently. They cut their teeth on the classic scenario "The Haunted House" and had a grand time. It took two play sessions to get through it all and there was some attrition along the way, but the survivors might well be back for more. None of the surviving players had ever heard an episode of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre either, so when Sean uttered a certain catchphrase that appears at the end of every episode, they found it truly disturbing.

HPLHS Fan Survey

HPLHS Fan Survey

  • April 12, 2018

The HPLHS is launching an online survey to get a better idea of what Lovecraft/Cthulhu Mythos fans like and don't like, and how they interact with the mythos. As we plan our projects for the months (and years) ahead, it will be helpful to focus our efforts where they will do the most good and meet the most interest. We've put together an online questionnaire, and we hope you'll click on it and fill it out as fully as you want. It's a completely voluntary and anonymous survey (although if you want to win one of the prizes you will have to let us know how we can reach you).

To say thanks to those who respond, we will be randomly selecting winners from among the respondents to receive a $100 HPLHS gift card, a $50 HPLHS gift card, and five $20 HPLHS gift cards. We will also be sending a new bonus stamp to every card-carrying HPLHS member who takes the survey! Only one entry per person, please!

Cthulhu Campaign Journals

Call of Cthulhu Campaign Journals

  • April 9, 2018

The HPLHS is very pleased to be part of the newest Kickstarter project from our friends at Type 40. The project was fully funded in less than 24 hours, but they still need your help to unlock their fantastic stretch goals. The first of those stretch goals is an assortment of prop ephemera from the HPLHS, including items that have never been available in printed form before. The stretch goal after that is an excellent fountain pen. Type 40 makes amazing things and we're greatly looking forward to their Call of Cthulhu Leather Campaign Journals. Check out the link above!

Fifer & Lackey

Visiting Dignitaries

  • April 9, 2018

The HPLHS was recently graced by a visit from Chad Fifer and Chris Lackey, co-hosts of The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast, a podcast about the works of H.P. Lovecraft, the writers that inspired him and the literature he inspired.

Each week they discuss a piece of weird fiction with intelligence, respect, and humor. Talented voice actors bring the text to life (occasionally including Andrew Leman and Sean Branney of the HPLHS). Music and sound effects create atmosphere while occasional guest experts show up to make things classy. The show is rapidly approaching its 400th episode! If you haven't heard it yet you must check it out. You will be very glad you did.

Cthulhugram

2018 Lifetime Member Renewals

  • April 3, 2018

We are very pleased to announce that all 2018 Lifetime Member renewal stamps have now been sent. There are more Lifetime Members than ever, and the process of reviewing all records and issuing bonus stamps is increasingly complex and time consuming. There were over 750 Cthulhugrams going out to 29 countries and every state of the US except for South Dakota, but including Puerto Rico. Renewal stamps are on their way to Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. We apologize to those who were left waiting longer than usual. If you are a Lifetime Member and have not received your Cthulhugram by April 15, please feel free to notify Andrew and he'll look into it!

Featured Member

  • April 2, 2018

Our Member of the Month for April 2018 is Caleb Long of Toney, Alabama.

Caleb says: "I was born in, and have the dubious pleasure of having lived most of my life in, northern Alabama. Skipping the boring parts, I discovered Lovecraft when I was about thirteenish. Without going into detail, a combination of beginning homeschooling and maternal apathy and neglect meant that I was basically out of school entirely for a few years, not getting any mental exercise and — more importantly — not reading at all. I think the creatures are what first got me interested in Lovecraft, although the concepts are easily what kept me along for the ride. In spite of having ADD, of having not read fiction in years, and having to contend with migraines resulting from those two facts when I did try to read, I was able to brute force my way through completing some of Lovecraft's tales. ("The Shadow Over Innsmouth" was the first, though "Colour," "Rats," and "Witch-House" ended up trading spots for favorite back and forth ever since.) With the first few tales, reading became easier, and in time I started to actually enjoy the process of reading itself—all thanks, ultimately, to Lovecraft.

Nowadays, I spend my time whittling away at a little worldbuilding project in AD&D 2E and playing 5th Edition on the weekends, in which I have the unquestionable pleasure of playing a (scientifically accurate) velociraptor monk of the Sun Soul martial arts school named Tikitill. (I also try to convince other people to play 2E, though I've yet to gain traction on that point.) I've also been helping my best friend, who is trying to write out his own translation of the Necronomicon using Tyson's as a base — basically keeping everything relating to al-Hazred's history, personality, and philosophy the same, but trading out the occultist nonsense with research- and mathematics-backed science fiction. While he obviously doesn't intend to publish it, this project has lead to a lot of useful worldbuilding between us, and permanently colored my perception of the Mythos. (It's hard to go back when you've found a system of physics that actually allows "magic" of the Lovecraftian variety to function.) I've also spent a considerable amount of time and money assembling my own lararium — a Roman-style shrine to the household Gods — following said best friend's example, and I've included a picture of such for all the world to see."

Bad Medicine

Bad Medicine

  • April 2, 2018

Darrell Tutchton's final cover art for the newest episode of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre, "Bad Medicine", is now done, Reber Clark has completed the score, and final adjustments to the audio are in the works. All the prop documents are back from the printer, and the shoggoths are busily tearing, folding, and prepping them so we can begin shipping just as soon as the CDs are back from the replicator! These are the last few days to pre-order and get the bonus prop document with your CD. It's a lovely Prohibition-era prescription for a very special concoction!

Masks of Nyarlathotep

Masks of Nyarlathotep

  • April 2, 2018

We are thrilled, and perhaps a little apprehensive, to announce that the next episode of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre will be "Masks of Nyarlathotep"! We are still developing the project so we can't reveal any details apart from the title, but we expect it will be a sweeping multi-disc epic in the vein of "The Brotherhood of the Beast". We thank our very good friends at Chaosium, Inc. for letting us tackle one of their most beloved games. We are aiming for a release this summer. Stay tuned for news as it develops.

Sterling

Troy Sterling Nies

  • March 8, 2018

We were delighted to see this genuine tintype of our very own composer extraordinaire, Troy Sterling Nies, taken by Los Angeles photographer Anton Orlov. Troy was in town not long ago to attend the screening of Aurora, a film for which he wrote the music, and this picture was taken to mark that august occasion.

Bad Medicine

Valdemar Cast

  • March 8, 2018

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre veterans John McKenna (center) and Barry Lynch (right) joined Sean Branney in the booth at The Jungle Room to record new material for the upcoming CD release of "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar". The story by Edgar Allan Poe is the middle chapter in the three-part anthology episode Bad Medicine, sandwiched between HPL's "Cool Air" and "The Picture in the House". We're currently in post-production now, working on all the prop documents, music and sound effects. We anticipate shipping the CDs in April! Pre-order to get the bonus prop document with your CD!