Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® - The Whisperer in Darkness

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre® - The Whisperer in Darkness

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"a hidden race of monstrous beings which lurks somewhere among the remoter hills — in the deep woods of the highest peaks."

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre®: The Whisperer in Darkness presents Lovecraft's classic tale of alien horror in a 1930s-style radio drama. The tale come alive with a cast of professional actors and thrilling sound effects. Click here 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.

Albert Wilmarth, a professor of folklore at Miskatonic University, receives a curious piece of mail. It contains a recording of a man claiming that strange creatures live in the remote regions of the mountains of Vermont - just as described in old folklore. It's author presents compelling evidence and Professor Wilmarth eventually goes to Vermont to investigate for himself. What he discovers there is far, far worse than anything he could have imagined. Can the professor escape with his life and sanity, or will he become a part of a horror descended from interstellar space?

Special Pandemic Edition. Remember the coronavirus epidemic? We do. While everyone was under stay-at-home orders, the HPLHS team wanted to be able to provide an episode fans could enjoy during troubled times. This socially distanced episode was written and produced so no two members of our team were ever in the studio at the same time.  We stayed safe and hope you will too.

The CD edition will feature the 70-ish minute audio show plus a collection of props to enhance your listening experience.

  • a clipping from The Brattleboro Reformer, detailing the discovery of a new planet at the outermost edge of the solar system
  • a page from Eli Davenport's manuscript on the folklore surrounding the hill creatures of Vermont
  • a photograph of the mysterious Black Stone found by Henry Akeley
  • a telegram from Henry Akeley
  • for pre-order customers only, the label for an Edison Amberol phonograph cylinder
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

The cover art is available on stickers, garments and other fun stuff in our Redbubble store!

INVEST IN SCIENCE. If you're like us, and believe science is the way out of the world's current mess, please consider ordering our version of The Whisperer in Darkness which includes a donation to the World Health Organization. With your $30 purchase, you'll get the show and the props and we'll donate $10 to the WHO and the HPLHS will match your donation with $10 of our own.

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

The CD version of the show also includes a free digital download.

Customer Reviews

Based on 49 reviews
Ryan Troock
Creative & Creepy

I thought this was a creative way to create an episode under the (global) circumstances - but that's just a little side note, I loved this episode!

There was a really fun sense of *distance* between the characters, that was important to the story. I found this interesting as a sort of modern-day technological horror done by way of old-timey cylinders. There was a strong sense of isolation (oh no) but also that creeping moment of finally meeting someone in real life, but them seeming quite different from how you knew them "at a distance".

Absolutely fantastic stuff.

Jeremy L
That buzzing voice.

This is another cool DART episode. The acting is superb and the props are top notch. And I really like how it is narrated.


A fun show that leads to a suspenseful finish


Maybe the most important thing to say about this that other reviewers so far have not remarked upon, is not to make this the first DART episode you listen to. Part of its power, especially as the circumstances under which it was made fade away in people’s memory, comes from its contrast with the “normal” DART presentations. I’d listened to about a dozen other DART productions before this one, and the impact “Whisperer” made in its necessarily different approach was immediate and powerfully impressive, enhancing this retelling to me, even more strikingly than the earlier HPLHS film version of the story. As a reinterpretation of Lovecraft’s tale, it is immersively excellent. Those who recall the 1960s TV show “The Invaders” might be tempted to see parallels in the latter stages of the recording, however! The choice of physical props to accompany the CD version is equally good, and although one, perhaps obvious, option - a news cutting covering the Vermont floods and what they washed out - was “missing”, its replacement with what could pass for genuine news reports and commentaries on the discovery of what became known as the dwarf planet Pluto, was equally suitable. Even without the backdrop of the Covid pandemic, this would have been an exceptional DART episode. With it, it becomes a superb achievement by the HPLHS.

Fantastic Rendition!

This was my first DART performance to listen through, and I was highly entertained throughout. Very creative usage of sending phonographs between characters to further the plot in an active dialogue manner instead of the typical top-down personal journal approach -- this is far from just a re-reading audiobook! I'm very exited to dive into more performances here.