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What dark deeds unfold on the streets of Arkham? And which unwitting souls will succumb to the maddening call... OF CTHULHU? Cinematic audio drama and live tabletop roleplaying coalesce into an occult radio play of unknowable horror and black comedy. Each season is a standalone tale, boldly exploring Lovecraftian lore in new and uncanny ways.

What dark deeds unfold on the streets of Arkham? And which unwitting souls will succumb to the maddening call... OF CTHULHU? Cinematic audio drama and live tabletop roleplaying coalesce into an occult radio play of unknowable horror and black comedy. Each season is a standalone tale, boldly exploring Lovecraftian lore in new and uncanny ways.

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United States

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What dark deeds unfold on the streets of Arkham? And which unwitting souls will succumb to the maddening call... OF CTHULHU? Cinematic audio drama and live tabletop roleplaying coalesce into an occult radio play of unknowable horror and black comedy. Each season is a standalone tale, boldly exploring Lovecraftian lore in new and uncanny ways.

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@nerdyshow

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English

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954-294-9298


Episodes

Exploring Harlem Unbound and Haunted West with Chris Spivey

8/20/2020
Mystery Program showrunner, Cap Blackard, and Keeper, Luke Stram, interview Chris Spivey of Darker Hue Studios, author of the award-winning Call of Cthulhu sourcebook, Harlem Unbound. ​ Harlem Unbound dynamically explores the real world history, personalities, social intricacies, and Lovecraftian mythos in 1920s New York City and Harlem; while confronting racism in that time period and as a part of the roleplaying experience. We speak with Chris about the challenges of bringing this...

Duration:00:48:30

Harlem Queen - Historical Fiction Audio Drama

6/17/2020
The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program is excited to share with you a show that we love: Harlem Queen. If you enjoy our slice of 1920s historical fiction, then you've got to check out this audio drama exploring the life and times of Madame Stephanie St. Clair, policy banker and patron of the Harlem Renaissance. She's a cunning and powerful woman of color who didn’t let anything stand in the way of her building an empire and bolstering her community. You can find Harlem Queen on all your...

Duration:00:15:38

Cthulhu Cthommentary: The Black Birth - Terror Comes A-Knocking

5/29/2020
Cthulhu Cthommentary is an episode by episode exploration of the dark recesses of The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program - exclusive to Patrons. Since our show is both improvised storytelling and historical fiction… there’s a lot that doesn’t make it to the final product.. But in Cthulhu Cthommentary, we share ALL our secrets: the roleplaying paths not taken, the obscure historical and cultural references, and a lot more. New episodes release weekly and are available at...

Duration:00:29:59

Q&A Part 2: Favorite Scenes, Horror and Love, & Series 3 Preview

5/18/2020
Go behind the nightmare of The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program's second series with the cast and crew! We're lifting the veil and answering questions asked by YOU! ​Spoiler Warning: This Q&A should be listened to AFTER you’ve listened to Series 1 and Series 2. ​In part 2, the cast and crew discuss their favorite moments of the show, unpack "Lot X"'s uncanny intersection of love and horror, reveal secrets of the Arkham Paranormal Research Society, a preview of Series 3: "Night in Howling...

Duration:01:00:32

Q&A Part 1: Secrets of the Mystery Program Process, Alternate Timelines, & More

5/18/2020
Go behind the nightmare of The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program's second series with the cast and crew! We're lifting the veil and answering questions asked by YOU! ​Spoiler Warning: This Q&A should be listened to AFTER you’ve listened to Series 1 and Series 2. Hear the cast's experiences surviving our improvised production, learn how we meld tabletop roleplaying with audio drama, discover character backstories, and more! Featuring showrunner Cap Blackard aka Estelle Thorpe, Keeper Luke...

Duration:01:03:10

Trailer - Series 2: The Terrible Secret of Lot X - All Episodes Out Now!

10/11/2019
Wealthy occultist, Estelle Thorpe’s latest auction win proves to be a Pandora’s Box of horror. To solve the paranormal mysteries she’s uncovered, she’s assembled an unlikely crew of curiosity-seekers: Moses; mountain man turned renowned novelist, Cherry; a flapper who’s more than she seems, Oswald; a hobo king, Anjana; Estelle’s cunning assistant, and Kenneth; a notorious gambler. Together they encounter monsters above and below and an unholy conspiracy that threatens to shred their sanity...

Duration:00:03:48

Come See Us at PodTales! Oct 20th, Cambridge, MA

10/10/2019
We're going to PodTales a festival of audio drama and audio fiction. It's free, it's in Cambridge, MA, and it's on October 20th. More info here: https://podtales.org/ Meet showrunner and voice of Estelle, Cap Blackard, and the voice of Oswald, John Sebastian La Valle. We've got a table (A5/6 in the Mt. Absalom room) and several panels including this one at 2PM: "Living in the Moment: Writing Through Improvisation" in The Hephaestus (Second Floor). Hosted by Cap and featuring Hem "Volonda"...

Duration:00:06:50

Part 10 :: Loose Ends

3/13/2019
Estelle Thorpe’s motley band of curiosity seekers uncovered more than they bargained for. Their fanciful investigation of occult curios led to a madwoman’s plot to summon an unholy entity. Miraculously, the team staved off the apocalypse and survived... but not unscathed… Now that the immediate danger has passed, they've got more than a few questions about the sinister and disturbing whys and wherefores that set them on this dire quest in the first place. Are there answers to be found? And...

Duration:00:59:42

Part 9 :: Curtain Call

2/27/2019
Though the conspirators are gone - the madness unleashed lives on! The veil between our world and… another place are thin and the vile, theatrical ritual to summon The King in Yellow persists. Do our inexperienced investigators stand a chance in hell of repelling the walking, waking nightmare to come, or will they give in to the delirium and gibbering inflicted upon those who have truly seen the unseen? One way or another, this episode is really gonna bring the house down. Get Call of...

Duration:00:47:05

Part 8 :: Dénouement

2/13/2019
The theatre is a magical place. A place where fact becomes fiction, fantasy becomes flesh… the human experience is laid bare! Fitting then that Boston’s Monarch Theater should be the site of a horrendous ritual that also happens to be a stage play... a diabolical work called The King in Yellow. If performed, it wouldn't just be the dénouement for our heroes, but perhaps the world as we know it. Written & Performed by: Luke Stram – The Keeper Cap Blackard | boR | Nicky Holland | Joshua...

Duration:00:46:31

Part 7 :: Dust to Dust

1/16/2019
Demons from the sky, grotesque nightmares, and arcane sciences that can make flesh dust and flesh again - these are but the most recent horrors faced by our ill-fated investigators. However, this intrepid team is hot on the trail of the possible source of their woes: a remote cabin in the Bolton woods. Credits: Written & Performed by: Luke Stram – The Keeper Cap Blackard | boR | Nicky Holland | Joshua LaForge | John Sebastian LaValle Cast (In Order of Appearance): Cap Blackard as The...

Duration:00:42:05

Part 6 :: Nightmares & Interludes

1/2/2019
Having stolen occult materials, our investigators flee the scene - but there’s no escaping the terrifying trappings of this case: a flying monster descended from the sky, landed on the moving automobile, and abducted Estelle Thorpe. Now, at a complete loss for words and some loss of sanity, her friends head back to Thorpe Manor to regroup. For links and more info, head to the main episode page: https://nerdyshow.com/2019/01/call-of-cthulhu-6-nightmares-interludes Credits: Written &...

Duration:00:41:56

Part 5 :: From Above

12/19/2018
Locked away in the Elias Estate are the eclectic and dangerous sundries of Charles Pell. Mountain man Moses, Kenneth the gambler, and Oswald the hobo king, detecting some foul play (or was it horseplay?) have staged a mid-day break-in in hopes of some answers. Meanwhile, Estelle, Anjana, and Cherry set up a cheerful little picnic at the head of the drive, sharing occult follies and metaphysical memories, ready to sound the alarm in case trouble arrives. For links and more info, head to the...

Duration:00:46:13

Part 4 :: Chicanery at the Tannery

12/5/2018
The contents of Pell Estate Lot X have revealed a labyrinth of mystery… and pain. Already dead ends and dire dealings have befallen our investigators in their search for answers. However, they’ve made a chilling revelation that might shed some light on the darkened path ahead: if the contents of one man’s automobile can unleash such hell, what horrors hide in the rest of his estate? For links and more info, head to the main episode page:...

Duration:00:47:13

Part 3 :: The Price of Knowing

11/21/2018
Housed within the hallowed halls of the Miskatonic University library is one of the few known copies of TheNecronomicon - a tome of the unknown - of death, and power. Seekers of arcane knowledge are drawn to it. So it should be no surprise that Estelle Thorpe’s path has led her here. While half of the troupe journey to the wilds of Essex, Ms. Thorpe is accompanied by gambler, Kenneth Roger, and good time girl, Cherry Featherbottom, to consult the impossibly rare book. A book which the late...

Duration:00:40:02

Part 2 :: X Marks the Spot

11/7/2018
Estelle Thorpe, a wealthy seeker of occult secrets, has unearthed a mystery and assembled an unlikely crew of curiosity-bound compatriots to solve it. The quandary? An auction win of unusual items including an account a of a missing boy in the town of Essex and a map pointing to the woods in the West. While Ms. Thorpe follows a lead to Miskatonic University, her assistant Anjana, escorts war-worn mountain man, turned celebrated author, Moses Cubbenfield and self-styled "Hobo King" Oswald...

Duration:00:40:34

Part 1 :: The Dark Bidding

10/24/2018
Wealthy occultist, Estelle Thorpe's latest auction win is an unusual one to say the least: a collection of sordid sundries that could unlock great secrets... or a Pandora's Box of horror. To solve the paranormal mysteries she's uncovered, Ms. Thorpe has assembled an unlikely crew of curiosity-seekers: Moses; mountain man turned renowned novelist, Cherry; a floozie who's more than she seems, Oswald; a hobo king, Estelle's cunning assistant Anjana, and Kenneth; a notorious gambler. Will they...

Duration:00:45:52

Series 2: The Terrible Secret of Lot X :: Meet the Cast

10/24/2018
Before you dive into the insanity of improvised audio drama horror, meet the crew of The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program and learn a little bit about how the Call of Cthulhu RPG system works. Our original season of The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program was meant to be a one-off, but raving lunatics that you are, you were ravenous for more! Join producer and performer, Cap Blackard for a discussion about bringing the show back, Keeper Luke Stram shares how Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition has...

Duration:00:12:07

Part 8 :: Behold, The Mother!

10/19/2015
The quest to solve one murder has become much more than our investigators could ever have imagined. In the occultist squalor of the Hetfield estate, Father Grandfather stumbled upon a plot to conjure forth The Mother of Pus – a horrifying being beyond the realm of human comprehension. There, in that rotting house, a demon spawn struck; and was dealt with by the Father's own brand of fiery justice. Baffled by the inexplicable horrors they've born witness to, Sam, Hank, Deloras and Cyril...

Duration:00:48:39

Part 7 :: The Hetfield Horror

10/16/2015
Our investigators stand on the precipice of answers or oblivion in this hellish mystery. Having learned of their murdered housemate's double life, they've traveled to her home town: the rural village of Dunwich. The locals have warned that Hillary Hetfield, the mother of the deceased, is crazed - and someone, or something has been roaming the countryside desiccating pets and livestock. The party drives deeper into the rural land toward the Hetfield house; unnerved and ready for trouble. For...

Duration:00:32:41