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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?
Cosmic horror and black comedy meld in this award-winning audio drama that explores Lovecraftian lore in queer and uncanny ways. Meet unlikely heroes from all walks of life who'll risk their sanity to keep the world spinning as they face down eldritch nightmares, unholy rituals, kindly creatures, and monstrous humans. Each season is a standalone tale where our cast lives the terror, uncovering the edge-of-your-seat mysteries, in this unholy fusion of live tabletop roleplaying and cinematic audio fiction.

The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program Fable and Folly Network

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    • 4.7 • 244 Ratings

What dark deeds unfold on the streets of Arkham? And which unwitting souls will succumb to the maddening call... OF CTHULHU?
Cosmic horror and black comedy meld in this award-winning audio drama that explores Lovecraftian lore in queer and uncanny ways. Meet unlikely heroes from all walks of life who'll risk their sanity to keep the world spinning as they face down eldritch nightmares, unholy rituals, kindly creatures, and monstrous humans. Each season is a standalone tale where our cast lives the terror, uncovering the edge-of-your-seat mysteries, in this unholy fusion of live tabletop roleplaying and cinematic audio fiction.

    Night at Howling House :: Meet the Cast

    Night at Howling House :: Meet the Cast

    Before stepping foot into Howling House, get acquainted with the folks who've unwittingly signed up for this fools' errand. This preemptive presentation is a calm before the storm to learn more about this season's cast and the classic Call of Cthulhu scenario that they'll bring to life in new and unusual ways.
    ​Showrunner Cat Blackard and Keeper Luke Stram are joined by artist Manda Bruno, Mystery Program alum Brandon Gerson, Chris LeBrane of Chris LeBrane's Campaign and The Universal Funk Orchestra, and our series' Sound Designer, Colin Peterson. For this very special adventure, they'll all get in touch with their inner child because they're playing Kevin Ross' The Dare - a storied scenario where players are youths venturing into a purportedly haunted house.
    Learn about the unique stats governing these pint-sized protagonists, the characters our cast is portraying, and other behind-the-scenes insights before these fearsome festivities begin.
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    This episode's transcript and full credits are available at: https://www.cthulhumystery.com/howling-house-meet-the-cast
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    • 18 min
    Night at Howling House Part 1 :: The Dare

    Night at Howling House Part 1 :: The Dare

    The lazy days of summer are at an end and school is about to begin... but for five Arkham youths, reading, writing, and 'rithmetic is the least of their worries. They're spending the night in a notorious abandoned house and local legends say no one has ever lived to tell the tale.
    Of course, no sane schoolkid would dare to trespass in Howling House, but twelve-year-old Tenderfoot, Tommy "Woods" Northwood, his precocious kid sister Chelsea, and a forlorn little boy known only as "Dirt" don't have a choice. Roger Simmons, the neighborhood bully, and his protégé, Joey Davenport, have the leverage and pugilistic prowess to make a very convincing argument.
    Will they survive to see the sunrise, or is there something sinister waiting for them in that decrepit domicile?
    ​Content Warning: Violence, harsh language, child endangerment and abuse, bullying, colonialist terminology for and mention of violence towards indigenous peoples, ableist language, alcohol use,and reference to gun violence.
    Join us in funding our next season: https://cthulhumystery.com/crowdfund
    This episode's transcript and full credits are available at: https://www.cthulhumystery.com/howling-house-episode-1
    "Night at Howling House" Episode 1 - “The Dare” - was written and performed by Luke Stram, Cat Blackard, Chris LeBrane, Manda Bruno, Brandon Gerson, and Colin Peterson, with additional scripting and story editing by Cat Blackard.
    Cast (In Order of Appearance):
    Luke Stram as The Keeper
    Colin Peterson as Tommy "Woods" Northwood
    Manda Bruno as Chelsea Northwood
    Abigail as Millie Pickett
    Dany as Dots Pickett
    Alicia Fuss as Dorothy Pickett
    Cat Blackard as Roger Simmons
    Zachary Fortais-Gomm as Ace Simmons
    Brandon Gerson as Dirt
    Jonathan West as Dirt's Father
    Ebonie Ellington as Joey's Mother
    Chris LeBrane as Joey Davenport
    Sawyer Greene as Joey's Sister
    Cynthia Beckert as Grandma Northwood
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Night at Howling House Part 2 :: Trespassers

    Night at Howling House Part 2 :: Trespassers

    Neighborhood bully, Roger Simmons, has coerced four children into a dangerous dare: spend the night at Howling House - a dilapidated and desolate dwelling on the edge of Arkham. If conflicting rumors are to be believed, this house has played host to disappearances, hauntings, and brutal murders galore.
    A terrible storm has rolled in and now, against better judgment, Woods the Boy Scout, Chelsea the tagalong, Dirt the downtrodden, and Joey the troublemaker all run after Roger to take shelter in this malevolent manor.
    Content Warning: Violence, gore, harsh and lewd language, child endangerment and abuse, bullying, alcohol use, violence towards house pets, vomit, rot, and putrescence.
    Join us in funding our next season: https://cthulhumystery.com/crowdfund
    This episode's transcript and full credits are available at: https://www.cthulhumystery.com/howling-house-episode-2
    "Night at Howling House" Episode 2 - “Trespassers” - was written and performed by Luke Stram, Cat Blackard, Chris LeBrane, Manda Bruno, Brandon Gerson, and Colin Peterson, with additional scripting and story editing by Cat Blackard.
    Cast (In Order of Appearance):
    Cat Blackard as The Narrator/The Announcer
    Cat Blackard as Tawse Teas Spokesperson/ Children
    Luke Stram as The Keeper
    Cat Blackard as Roger Simmons
    Manda Bruno as Chelsea Northwood
    Chris LeBrane as Joey Davinport
    Brandon Gerson as Dirt
    Colin Peterson as Tommy "Woods" Northwood
    Leeman Kessler as The Cat
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    • 48 min
    The Crack'd & Crook'd Manse LIVE :: Part 1

    The Crack'd & Crook'd Manse LIVE :: Part 1

    Behold! A live charity spectacle! Horror and hilarity unfold before you in unedited actual play mayhem as our cast explores the classic Cthulhu scenario, "The Crack’d and Crook’d Manse" - for a good cause. A novice investigator of the paranormal is tasked with a missing persons case at an old mansion and gets tangled up with three party-goers who didn't get the memo that the annual Mardi Gras shindig was cancelled. This symposium of raw, improvised tabletop storytelling isn’t just thrills and chills, it's also a charity event benefiting the Transgender Law Center! Donate at CthulhuMystery.com/live.
    Performed by:
    Luke Stram – The Keeper
    Cat Blackard | Caleb Del Rio | Sawyer Greene | Joshua La Forge | Dottie Vox
     
    Project Lead/Director: Colin Peterson
    Associate Producer: John Sebastian La Valle
    Editing: Cat Blackard

    Musical Spotlight: "OPM" by Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys
    Original Score: Ryan McQuinn and Mike McQuinn

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    The Crack'd & Crook'd Manse LIVE :: Part 2

    The Crack'd & Crook'd Manse LIVE :: Part 2

    Behold! A live charity spectacle! Horror and hilarity unfold before you in unedited actual play mayhem as our cast explores the classic Cthulhu scenario, "The Crack’d and Crook’d Manse" - for a good cause.
    Our investigators enter the Fitzgerald mansion to find it in a sad and soggy state, and encounter an unexpected visitor. This raw, improvised tabletop storytelling isn’t just thrills and chills, it's also a charity event benefiting the Transgender Law Center! Donate at CthulhuMystery.com/live.
    Performed by:
    Luke Stram – The Keeper
    Cat Blackard | Caleb Del Rio | Sawyer Greene | Joshua La Forge | Dottie Vox
     Project Lead/Director: Colin Peterson
    Associate Producer: John Sebastian La Valle
    Editing: Cat Blackard
    Original Score: Ryan McQuinn and Mike McQuinn

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    • 52 min
    The Crack'd & Crook'd Manse LIVE :: Part 3

    The Crack'd & Crook'd Manse LIVE :: Part 3

    Behold! A live charity spectacle! Horror and hilarity unfold before you in unedited actual play mayhem as our cast explores the classic Cthulhu scenario, "The Crack’d and Crook’d Manse" - for a good cause. There are strange noises inside this moist and desolate mansion and a sinister county sheriff who shares the chilling knowledge that this house was the site of horrific murders. This raw, improvised tabletop storytelling isn’t just thrills and chills, it's also a charity event benefiting the Transgender Law Center! Donate at CthulhuMystery.com/live.
    Performed by:
    Luke Stram – The Keeper
    Cat Blackard | Caleb Del Rio | Sawyer Greene | Joshua La Forge | Dottie Vox | Joseph Teagle
    Project Lead/Director: Colin Peterson
    Associate Producer: John Sebastian La Valle
    Editing: Cat Blackard
    Original Score: Ryan McQuinn and Mike McQuinn
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
244 Ratings

244 Ratings

Thunder_812 ,

DELIGHTFUL

Just finished binging series 2 and this show is exquisite.

Ben FYM ,

Incredible

The direction this show is headed for season 3 is truly impressive. It’s also the first ttrpg podcast I’ve heard that’s spoken knowledgeably about Thelema and even offered legitimate criticism of it.

However, despite its high quality, this explicit podcast should be labeled “woke” due to the concerns of its commenters. ;)

Hannibal King ,

Favorite podcast

Easily my favorite podcast since 2015. The Black Birth is my favorite storyline but Secret of Lot X and Crack’d and Crook’d Manse are still very good. Father Grandfather is hysterical as Lovecraftian comedic relief, if such a thing exists. They have several other impressive audio RPG shows, check them out!

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