Lovecraftian black comedy podcast The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program‘s seven-episode series “Night at Howling House” debuted Wednesday, September 14, with new episodes releasing weekly on all podcast platforms from Omniverse and The Fable & Folly Network.
The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program is Omniverse’s occult radio play of unknowable horror and black comedy. Each season is a standalone tale, boldly exploring Lovecraftian lore in queer and uncanny ways: sapphic cat-worshipers, a hobo king with a mysterious past, the last female Bureau agent, and many other unwitting souls who’ll risk their sanity to keep the world spinning.
It’s an award-winning audio drama podcast… and it’s also a roleplaying game! Mystery Program’s unique aural experience is an unholy hybrid of historical fiction storytelling, live tabletop roleplaying, cinematic sound design, original score, and scripted audio fiction; melding into a sensational sonic sojourn like you’ve never heard before.
In the new series, said to be the show’s “darkest season yet”…
“It’s 1920… the last days of summer… Five kids dare to spend the night in a haunted estate. Will they survive to see the sunrise, or will they succumb to the hunger of Howling House?”
The team teases, “Mystery Program’s award-winning sound design levels up in “Howling House” from cinematic to truly spatial sound; so you’ll feel like you’re inside Howling House as it’s explored and its visceral horrors are uncovered.”
Launching in tandem is a crowdfunding campaign for the next series: “The Case of the Penumbral Gate”.
In this original story, two down-on-their-luck Bureau of Investigation Agents (Girl in Space’s Sarah Rhea Werner and RPG From Scratch’s Liam Malone) cross paths with fan-favorite characters from Mystery Program’s “The Terrible Secret of Lot X”: Estelle Thorpe (Cat Blackard) and Anjana Ramakrishnan (Melody Perera). The Agents’ latest case takes them to Arkham, and once you start snooping around in that town… you don’t get the dirt – the dirt gets you.
In addition to funding the post-production of this new series, this campaign will create Chaosium-licensed adaptations of The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program’s original roleplaying scenarios, and stretch goals include original songs by Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys, production of future seasons, and backstory-expanding specials. Perks for supporters include exclusives like Call of Cthulhu games run by Mystery Program’s Luke Stram, wooden Red Herring coins, and custom rituals conducted by Showrunner, Cat Blackard.
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