"I have brought to light a monstrous abnormality,
but I did it for the sake of knowledge."
Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward brings Lovecraft's novella to life as it might have been adapted for radio in the 1930s. This special 2 CD set dramatizes HPL's longest story with a huge cast of professional actors, exciting sound effects and thrilling original music by Reber Clark. This tale of ancestral evil and supernatural horror in Lovecraft's beloved Providence is a favorite among HPL fans. It's our understanding that this story has not previously been recorded in English.
Charles Dexter Ward is a bright high school student in 1920s Providence. He investigates genealogical records about his ancestor, Joseph Curwen, a dubious character who fled Salem before the witchcraft trials. Charles' inquiry takes a number of dark and nefarious turns, leading to grave robbing, ritual magic, murder and madness. Can a horror that started centuries ago be stymied, or will occult fiends succeed in their hideous ambitions?
In addition to two 77 minute CDs (the total show is more than two and half hours) containing the radio drama, you'll get these carefully made props from the story to enhance your listening experience:
• A clipping from the Providence Journal, describing the escape of a patient from a mental hospital
• A letter from Simon Orne to Joseph Curwen discussing their diabolical undertakings
• A photograph Charles Ward with the restored portrait of Joseph Curwen
• A page from Borellus' grimoire, detailing the use of essential saltes, with notations by Joseph Curwen
These great props are complimented 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. And if you order the show on CD, you'll also get a link to download the show so you can start listening immediately.
Or Download Now. You can skip the props and CD, and download a high-quality MP3 of the show right now and be enjoying it in just a few minutes. It's available as a single audio file or a collection of multiple chapter files. It's eco-friendly, with no shipping or tax charges!
Change of Packaging. We used to offer all of our Dark Adventure shows in jewel cases. To make it easier for us and you to enjoy the props that come with the shows, we're migrating all DART shows to vinyl sleeves which can easily hold more, bigger and better props, the discs, and fit conveniently in a standard binder. This show is ONLY available in the new format.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Dark Adventure Radio Theatre is right here.