Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® - Masks of Nyarlathotep

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® - Masks of Nyarlathotep

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"...the expedition - it wasn't what you think. I need your help!" 

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. Click for more information about our other Lovecraft stories in the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® series. They're like movies you can enjoy with your eyes closed.

Like many Lovecraft fans, we played Chaosium's celebrated role playing game Call of Cthulhu®. 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 6 disc 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?

Masks of Nyarlathotep is a sprawling tale spanning five continents, and even its most basic version includes six CDs brimming with audio thrills. Enjoy a Dark Adventure over seven hours in length! This super-sized DART set includes twenty props to enhance your listening experience, including:

  • Seven intriguing items from Jackson Elias' room at the Hotel Chelsea
  • A ghastly crime scene photo
  • Weirdly futuristic schematic drawings
  • A photo of the ancient Egyptian relic - the Eye of Light and Darkness
  • A clipping from the Nairobi Star about the fate of an expedition
  • A photo of ruins in Australia's Great Sandy Desert
  • A translation from the rare occult tome, the Seven Cryptical Books of Hsan
  • Plus seven more gloriously detailed props for you to enjoy spanning all six episodes of the story

All of these great extras will be complemented by the fantastic artwork of illustrator Darrell Tutchton in the style you've come to know and love from other episodes of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre®. Orders for the CD version include a free digital download of the show.

Digital Downloads - don't need CDs and all the cool props? Select a digital download and you'll get over six hours of audio delivered immediately in digital format**. No shipping, no import duties, just great Lovecraftian audio fun! We offer it in 2 versions: our Chapters version breaks the show into roughly 20-minute MP3 chapters. Our Fewer Chapters version breaks the show into six chapters - each equating to one CD from the set.    

We offer a few editions of Masks of Nyarlathotep. You can also get:

  • Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® Deluxe Edition - seven hours of audio and a collection of more than fifty amazing props!
  • Gamer Prop Set - specially made for role playing gamers, this collection contains all the props for the Call of Cthulhu® game supplement, executed with a stunning level of realism. (The radio show itself is not included.) Now also available for Pre-Order.
  • Super Deluxe Limited Edition - get all the props from our DART Deluxe Edition, all the props from the Gamer Prop Set, and cap it off with an amazing collection of artifacts from the story!

There is so much great Masks of Nyarlthotep stuff that you might want to get your very own MON tote bag at our Redbubble store to hold it all! Also garments and other fun things!

Everything else you ever wanted to know about Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® is right here.

** Please note, we don't recommend ordering our audio products from a phone or tablet. Rather, we suggest you do it from a computer. You'll be downloading a .zip file which not all phones and tablets can deal with, but pretty much all computers can. Once you've downloaded and unzipped that file, you can sync our shows onto your phone or tablet for mobile listening. It's also worth noting that Masks is a 600+Mb download.

Customer Reviews

Based on 72 reviews
Dark Adventure!!

Dark Adventure Radio Theater is wonderful! My wife isn't a fan of HPL but she loves the radio plays almost as much as I do, and Masks of Nyarlathotep is our current favorite!

C.T. Phipps
Fantastic Pulpy Goodness

The radio play is adapted from the 7th Edition of the module and benefits from having a slightly-more self-aware narrative that acknowledges the racism, sexism, and imperialism of the time. It's mostly done in a cheeky and humorous style with the assumption being the characters know that colonialism and misogyny is bad. The radio drama doesn't get into politics as much as the revised module, perhaps for the best given its cheeky half-parody half-serious tone, but it's still able to diversify the cast as well as show the downside to being a non-white person or woman in the early 20th century.

Hazel Kalifan, one of the protagonists, is a real "Annie Oakley type" and does more as the central heroine to make a statement than any direct statements by the narrative. I'm also fond of her supporting cast in elderly Suffragist Victoria Woodhull, Zeke the manly adventurer who would have been the star decades ago, and Cecil the insurance investigator. The casts of characters rotates quite a bit since a good chunk of the protagonists meet their end before the final episode. This is true to the module but contributes to the audiodrama's disjointed tone.

Overall, the story is enjoyable from beginning to end but does suffer a little bit toward the end. The problem boils down to tonal imbalance and mood whiplash. Basically, the story can't quite decide if it's a rollicking Pulp adventure or a somber horror story that not everyone is expected to live through. Still, it's a a lot of fun.

Jason Samsa
Another Great Product

Had a great time listening to this as I prepare to run Masks for the first time. Every new thing I discover here has made prepping to run Masks both online and in-person delightful.

Kim White
Five Stars in Perfect Alignment.

Is it possible to re-tell The Masks of Nyarlathotep, the epic Adventure that takes most average groups at least a full year to play through, as a radio play running under eight hours? Well, the answer is YES.
The cast of DART have done an amazing job, and this play is a fantastic product. Of course there has been some editing and amalgamation of plot lines to fit it all into the time span, but the essence of the original has been faithfully preserved. I loved it. The script is excellent, the voice actors spot-on. Even the adverts were in character for the 1920’s, but thank the Gods we can no longer buy radium-laced toothpaste or house paint “improved with extra lead”. 😄😄
The props included with even the basic CD set were fantastic, too. This collection is certainly five stars. You will not be disappointed, purchasing Masks!
KW, Australia

Kim White
Gobsmackingly Good

My CD set plus props arrived today and I was gobsmacked. The quality of this set is just amazing - absolutely professional standard and the props just kept falling out of the envelope one after another. Like unpacking a Christmas Stocking.
Truly a great addition to my DART library, I can say this is worth every cent.
Kim W