True horror fans know that when they hear the name Lovecraft, they’re in for a treat of psychological terror. They also know there’s an awful lot of inspired and uninspired media like games, movies, standard and audio books around. VODO, a website which promotes creative work from various sources, offers an interesting mix of these in their H.P. Lovecraft Bundle. The bundle includes a collection of games, but also a nice selection of a movie to watch, magazines to read and audio books to listen to.
Play the horror
The fun classic RPG parody Cthulhu Saves The World should already be known to readers from various other indie bundles like the Indie Royale Chosen Bundle 2, while the turn-based strategy RPG Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land is something quite refreshing. Although the graphics might not compete with other mainstream games, it’s an interesting concept with a convincing execution. Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened also seems to be an odd choice at first, but going deeper into its narrative, there are certainly enough unsettling scenes inspired and based on the Cthulhu mythos.
Listen to the horror
Radio plays have the rare quality of playing with their audience’s imagination and genuinely create immersion which the stage only achieves to a certain degree. Therefore, it’s great to have so many pieces included: At The Mountains of Madness and The Rats In The Walls are original stories by Lovecraft, adapted by Brad Strickland and performed by the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company while the company also offers their expertise on Lovecraft’s works The Shadow Over Innsmouth (adapted by Thomas E. Fuller) and the Cthulhu-inspired drama Special Order (written by Daniel Taylor and Henry Lee Forrest).
Read the horror
For reading pleasure or pain are the collected issues 1-7 of the Innsmouth Magazine, a publication which has short stories, interviews, reviews and all the latest news about H.P. Lovecraft’s legacy. The Lovecraft eZine is a monthly online publication which dedicates itself to short stories and other news as well, being present in this bundle with special edition ebook compilations from 2011 and 2012.
Watch the horror
Unfortunately only one movie can be watched, mainly the independent production The Colour Out of Space. Huan Vu’s film is shot in black and white and it’s actually a German production (although there are subtitles in English). It may look a bit too amateurish with its acting, but it seems to be a worthy interpretation of Lovecraft’s original story.
Extra the horror
If all this isn’t enough, there are also some small extras included: some musical pieces from the Sherlock Holmes game and a fun Cthulhu Christmas calendar.
Get the horror as long as it lasts
Even though it would have been nice to include more non-streaming movies (which apparently doesn’t work because of VODO’s registration model), more DRM-free downloads, the VODO H.P. Lovecraft Bundle is obviously a labor of love, introducing fans and people who’re interested in the author and subtle horror to a comprehensive transmedia collection.
There’s still around 10 days to think about buying this before the offer expires, but with no minimum price and getting Cthulhu Saves The World, The Colour Out of Space, the Lovecraft Audio Drama Pack 1 and the Lovecraft eZine collection, it’s even easier to shell out the average price of less than 3 dollars for Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land, Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened, the Innsmouth Magazine collection and the Lovecraft Audio Drama Pack 2 plus extras.
If you’re still undecided, the following trailers and links will certainly wet your appetite for the macabre:
Cthulhu Saves The World
(USA 2010, developer/publisher: Zeboyd Games, platforms: PC, Xbox 360)
Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land
(UK 2012, developer/publisher: Red Wasp Studios, platforms: PC, iOS, Android)
The Colour Out of Space
(Germany 2010, director: Huan Vu, original title: Die Farbe)
For more info on the radio drama pieces, go Atlanta Radio Theatre Company’s website, for the Innsmouth Magazine to the Innsmouth Free Press site and for the Lovecraft eZine to their respective homepage.
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