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The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program

What dark deeds unfold on the streets of Arkham? And which unwitting souls will succumb to the maddening call... OF CTHULHU?In this award winning horror-comedy, cinematic audio drama and live tabletop roleplaying coalesce into an occult radio play! Eldritch nightmares writhe from the shadows, unholy rituals warp reality, and unlikely heroes of dubious moral fiber risk their sanity to keep the world spinning. Each season is a standalone tale, boldly exploring Lovecraftian lore in queer and uncanny ways.

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The Black Birth Part 1 :: Terror Comes A-Knocking

What dark deeds unfold on the streets of Arkham? And which unwitting souls - innocent or impure - will succumb to the maddening call... OF CTHULHU?As The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program emerges... screaming and swaddled in a blanket of horror - Steel your hearts for a macabre and delightfully sordid affair called… "The Black Birth".Meet Sam; a cagey ex-Federal Agent, Deloras; the obsessive book dealer, Hank Jr.; a noble farmboy, Cyril; the smooth-talking jazz man, and Father Grandfather; a mad bible salesman. These five housemates of dubious moral fiber must band together to solve a murder most foul and risk their very sanity as their trail leads them into a realm of nightmares.Content Warning: Violent misogyny, goreTranscripts and more info available at: CthulhuMystery.comSupport our sponsors at: https://fableandfolly.com/partners/Written & Performed by: Luke Stram – The KeeperDoug Banks | Cat Blackard | Brandon Gerson | Kay | Ruel KnudsonSound Design: Colin PetersonEditing: Colin Peterson & Cat BlackardStory Editing: Cat BlackardCast (In Order of Appearance):Cat Blackard as The Narrator/ The AnnouncerCat Blackard as Cyril BridgewaterRuel Knudson as Sam SpadeBrandon Gerson as Father GrandfatherDoug Banks as Hank O’Brien Jr.Kay as Deloras DelaneyMusical Spotlight: "Abernathy" by Chamber BandOriginal Score: Ryan McQuinn and Mike McQuinn​Series I Album Art by Tony Baldini Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

26 Sep 2015

Rank #1

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The Black Birth Part 2 :: A Murder Most Mysterious

The denizens of Big Momma’s boarding house were shaken from their sleep by a shrill scream and ghastly news! A police officer came a-calling with questions about their housemate, Hannah Pickering, who had been found dead. But it wasn't Hannah's scream they heard - that was their kindly landlord being savagely attacked by fellow tenant, Father Grandfather. The elderly bible salesman was taken into custody for his assault; yet shockingly this lunatic appears to not have been the murderer.Now, as the sun rises over Arkham, light is cast on the sinister leavings of the cruel night. These five unlikely companions find themselves faced with a mystery and a benefactor that can make it worth their while to solve it.Content Warning: GoreTranscripts and more info available at: CthulhuMystery.comSupport our sponsors at: https://fableandfolly.com/partners/Written & Performed by:Luke Stram – The KeeperDoug Banks | Cat Blackard | Brandon Gerson | Kay | Ruel Knudson Sound Design: Colin PetersonEditing: Colin Peterson & Cat BlackardStory Editing: Cat Blackard Cast:Doug Banks as Hank O’Brien Jr.Cat Blackard as Cyril BridgewaterBrandon Gerson as Father GrandfatherKay as Deloras DelaneyRuel Knudson as Sam Spade​Cat Blackard as The Narrator/The Announcer​Additional Voices by Jessica UelmanMusical Spotlight: "Welcome to my Nightmare" by Thomas NegovanOriginal Score: Ryan McQuinn and Mike McQuinnSeries I Album Art by Tony Baldini Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

28 Sep 2015

Rank #2

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The Black Birth Part 8 :: Behold, The Mother!

The quest to solve one murder has become much more than our investigators could ever have imagined.In the occultist squalor of the Hetfield estate, Father Grandfather stumbled upon a plot to conjure forth The Mother of Pus – a horrifying being beyond the realm of human comprehension. There, in that rotting house, a demon spawn struck; and was dealt with by the Father's own brand of fiery justice.Baffled by the inexplicable horrors they've born witness to, Sam, Hank, Deloras and Cyril return to Arkham tasked with no less than trying to foil the coming end times. Content Warning: Putrescence, vomiting, violence, gore, psychological trauma, self harm, suicide, murder, pet death.Transcripts and more info available at: CthulhuMystery.comSupport our sponsors at: https://fableandfolly.com/partners/Written & Performed by:Luke Stram – The KeeperDoug Banks | Cat Blackard | Brandon Gerson | Kay | Ruel Knudson Sound Design: Colin PetersonEditing: Colin Peterson & Cat BlackardStory Editing: Cat BlackardCast:Doug Banks as Hank O’Brien Jr.Cat Blackard as Cyril BridgewaterBrandon Gerson as Father GrandfatherKay as Deloras DelaneyRuel Knudson as Sam Spade​Cat Blackard as The Narrator/The Announcer​Additional Voices by Jessica UelmanMusical Spotlight: "The Carpet Crawlers" by Ramblin' Randolph CarterOriginal Score: Ryan McQuinn and Mike McQuinnSeries I Album Art by Tony Baldini Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

51mins

19 Oct 2015

Rank #3

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Lot X Part 1 :: The Dark Bidding

Wealthy occultist, Estelle Thorpe's latest auction win is an unusual one to say the least: a collection of sordid sundries that could unlock great secrets... or a Pandora's Box of horror. To solve the paranormal mysteries she's uncovered, Ms. Thorpe has assembled an unlikely crew of curiosity-seekers: Moses; mountain man turned renowned novelist, Cherry; a floozie who's more than she seems, Oswald; a hobo king, Estelle's cunning assistant Anjana, and Kenneth; a notorious gambler.Will they be able to glean answers from the shadows looming over New England or will they succumb to the maddening call of the Terrible Secret of Lot X?Content Warning: Gambling, alcohol use, body horrorTranscripts and more info available at: CthulhuMystery.comSupport our sponsors at: https://fableandfolly.com/partners/Written & Performed by:Luke Stram – The KeeperCat Blackard | boR | Nicky Holland | Joshua LaForge | John Sebastian La ValleSound Design: Colin PetersonEditing: Colin Peterson & Cat BlackardStory Editing: Cat BlackardCast (In Order of Appearance):Joshua LaForge as The AuctioneerLuke Stram as The Strange ManCat Blackard as Estelle ThorpeDoug Banks as The PolicemanNicky Holland as Cherry FeatherbottomboR as Kenneth RodgerMelody Perera as Anjana RamakrishnanJoshua LaForge as Moses Ruben CubbenfieldJohn Sebastian LaValle as Oswald SinclairCat Blackard as The Narrator/The AnnouncerMusical Spotlight: "H.P. Joelcraft" by Julian VelardOriginal Score: Ryan McQuinn and Mike McQuinnSeries 2 Album Art by Cat Blackard Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47mins

24 Oct 2018

Rank #4

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The Black Birth Part 3 :: Divide and Conquer

Following the mysterious murder of Hannah Pickering, her housemates have been conscripted by Arkham Police Detective Hardin to see if they can discover any leads.Ex-Federal Agent Sam Spade heads the novice task force and together they travel to the site of Miss Pickering’s murder – a rural roadside near the city dump, where, not twelve hours prior, the discovery of her desecrated body shook a young police officer to his very core. Meanwhile, the crazed Bible salesman, Father Grandfather, has run off to conduct his own investigation and prove his mad theory… that it was a demon who struck the poor girl down.Content Warning: Psychological trauma, assault, goreTranscripts and more info available at: CthulhuMystery.comSupport our sponsors at: https://fableandfolly.com/partners/Written & Performed by:Luke Stram – The KeeperDoug Banks | Cat Blackard | Brandon Gerson | Kay | Ruel Knudson Sound Design: Colin PetersonEditing: Colin Peterson & Cat BlackardStory Editing: Cat Blackard Cast:Doug Banks as Hank O’Brien Jr.Cat Blackard as Cyril BridgewaterBrandon Gerson as Father GrandfatherKay as Deloras DelaneyRuel Knudson as Sam Spade​Cat Blackard as The Narrator/The AnnouncerMusical Spotlight: "Riot Tonight" by HamptonsOriginal Score: Ryan McQuinn and Mike McQuinnSeries I Album Art by Tony Baldini Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

3 Oct 2015

Rank #5

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The Black Birth Part 7 :: The Hetfield Horror

Our investigators stand on the precipice of answers or oblivion in this hellish mystery. Having learned of their murdered housemate's double life, they've traveled to her home town: the rural village of Dunwich. The locals have warned that Hillary Hetfield, the mother of the deceased, is crazed - and someone, or something has been roaming the countryside desiccating pets and livestock.The party drives deeper into the rural land toward the Hetfield house; unnerved and ready for trouble. Content Warning: Incest, Islamophobia, violence, goreTranscripts and more info available at: CthulhuMystery.comSupport our sponsors at: https://fableandfolly.com/partners/Written & Performed by:Luke Stram – The KeeperDoug Banks | Cat Blackard | Brandon Gerson | Kay | Ruel Knudson Sound Design: Colin PetersonEditing: Colin Peterson & Cat BlackardStory Editing: Cat BlackardCast:Doug Banks as Hank O’Brien Jr.Cat Blackard as Cyril BridgewaterBrandon Gerson as Father GrandfatherKay as Deloras DelaneyRuel Knudson as Sam Spade​Cat Blackard as The Narrator/The Announcer​Additional Voices by Jessica Uelman and KayMusical Spotlight: "The Rake's Song" by OrlindaOriginal Score: Ryan McQuinn and Mike McQuinnSeries I Album Art by Tony Baldini Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

16 Oct 2015

Rank #6

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The Black Birth Part 4 :: Hot Leads and Dirty Deeds

The housemates of Big Mama's Boarding House have split up in their investigation of their murdered acquaintance, Hannah Pickering. Ex-Federal Agent Spade and Hank Jr. are canvassing the countryside surrounding the murder site: a farm house and putrid public dump. Meanwhile, smooth-talking Cyril and dapper Miss Delaney, head to an address found on a page torn from Hannah's diary.The whereabouts of the crazed bible salesman, Father Grandfather, are unknown.Content Warning: Misogyny, prostitutionTranscripts and more info available at: CthulhuMystery.comSupport our sponsors at: https://fableandfolly.com/partners/Written & Performed by:Luke Stram – The KeeperDoug Banks | Cat Blackard | Brandon Gerson | Kay | Ruel Knudson Sound Design: Colin PetersonEditing: Colin Peterson & Cat BlackardStory Editing: Cat BlackardCast:Doug Banks as Hank O’Brien Jr.Cat Blackard as Cyril BridgewaterBrandon Gerson as Father GrandfatherKay as Deloras DelaneyRuel Knudson as Sam Spade​Cat Blackard as The Narrator/The Announcer​Additional Voices by Jessica Uelman, Kay, and Cat BlackardMusical Spotlight: "Eyes" by Architects of FearOriginal Score: Ryan McQuinn and Mike McQuinnSeries I Album Art by Tony Baldini Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

33mins

4 Oct 2015

Rank #7

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The Black Birth Part 5 :: The Sordid Shadow Within

The deceased typist, Hannah Pickering, is not what she seems. In her housemates' investigation of the poor girl's murder, Cyril and Deloras find themselves in the slums where "Hannah" goes by the name Miriam and has a tawdry reputation. They hope to discover more as they venture up to her attic apartment.Meanwhile, after examining the scene of the crime, Ex-Federal agent Spade is convinced the young woman died from a bear attack - even though experienced tracker Hank Jr. can find no proof of animal or man having caused her untimely demise. The two return to the boarding house, ready to make their next move. Content Warning: Psychological trauma, mental illness, implied sexual abuse, implied rape, ethnic slurs, prostitution, religious zealotry and intoleranceTranscripts and more info available at: CthulhuMystery.comSupport our sponsors at: https://fableandfolly.com/partners/Written & Performed by:Luke Stram – The KeeperDoug Banks | Cat Blackard | Brandon Gerson | Kay | Ruel Knudson Sound Design: Colin PetersonEditing: Colin Peterson & Cat BlackardStory Editing: Cat BlackardCast:Doug Banks as Hank O’Brien Jr.Cat Blackard as Cyril BridgewaterBrandon Gerson as Father GrandfatherKay as Deloras DelaneyRuel Knudson as Sam SpadeCat Blackard as The Narrator/The AnnouncerMusical Spotlight: "Cry, Little Sister" by GeekapellaOriginal Score: Ryan McQuinn and Mike McQuinnSeries I Album Art by Tony Baldini Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

36mins

11 Oct 2015

Rank #8

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The Black Birth Part 6 :: The Truth's Slimy Trail

The renters at Big Mama's Boarding House have uncovered a dark secret. The young woman they knew as Hannah Pickering was but a mask worn by her true self: the debased and tormented Miriam Hetfield. Having read Miriam's haunting diary, Cyril and Deloras, along with the deranged Father Grandfather, return to the boarding house to share their grim discovery with Sam and Hank Jr.It's now daybreak and the morning sun finds them considering the twisted past of their deceased friend, and the answers that may wait for them in her hometown – the backwater village of Dunwich. Content Warning: Gore, pet death, racial tension, racial slursTranscripts and more info available at: CthulhuMystery.comSupport our sponsors at: https://fableandfolly.com/partners/Written & Performed by:Luke Stram – The KeeperDoug Banks | Cat Blackard | Brandon Gerson | Kay | Ruel Knudson Sound Design: Colin PetersonEditing: Colin Peterson & Cat BlackardStory Editing: Cat BlackardCast:Doug Banks as Hank O’Brien Jr.Cat Blackard as Cyril BridgewaterBrandon Gerson as Father GrandfatherKay as Deloras DelaneyRuel Knudson as Sam Spade​Cat Blackard as The Narrator/The Announcer​Musical Spotlight: "The Rake's Song" by OrlindaOriginal Score: Ryan McQuinn and Mike McQuinnSeries I Album Art by Tony Baldini Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38mins

12 Oct 2015

Rank #9

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Lot X Part 4 :: Chicanery at the Tannery

The contents of Pell Estate Lot X have revealed a labyrinth of mystery… and pain. Already dead ends and dire dealings have befallen our investigators in their search for answers. However, they’ve made a chilling revelation that might shed some light on the darkened path ahead: if the contents of one man’s automobile can unleash such hell, what horrors hide in the rest of his estate?Content Warning: Psychological trauma, gambling, alcohol use, guns, assault, gore, body horrorTranscripts and more info available at: CthulhuMystery.comSupport our sponsors at: https://fableandfolly.com/partners/Written & Performed by:Luke Stram – The KeeperCat Blackard | boR | Nicky Holland | Joshua LaForge | John Sebastian La ValleSound Design: Colin PetersonEditing: Colin Peterson & Cat BlackardStory Editing: Cat BlackardCast (In Order of Appearance):John Sebastian LaValle as Oswald SinclairCat Blackard as Estelle ThorpeMelody Perera as Anjana RamakrishnanNicky Holland as Cherry FeatherbottomJoshua LaForge as Moses Ruben CubbenfieldboR as Kenneth RogerChrystal LaValle as Sandra ParkerGlitch Wilder as The ForemanCynthia Beckert as Mildred EliasCat Blackard as The Narrator/The AnnouncerMusical Spotlight: "Supernatural" by MacedoOriginal Score: Ryan McQuinn and Mike McQuinnSeries 2 Album Art by Cat Blackard Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49mins

5 Dec 2018

Rank #10

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Lot X Part 2 :: X Marks the Spot

Estelle Thorpe, a wealthy seeker of occult secrets, has unearthed a mystery and assembled an unlikely crew of curiosity-bound compatriots to solve it. The quandary? An auction win of unusual items including an account a of a missing boy in the town of Essex and a map pointing to the woods in the West.While Ms. Thorpe follows a lead to Miskatonic University, her assistant Anjana, escorts war-worn mountain man, turned celebrated author, Moses Cubbenfield and self-styled "Hobo King" Oswald Sinclair to the place where X marks the spot.Content Warning: Violence, rotTranscripts and more info available at: CthulhuMystery.comSupport our sponsors at: https://fableandfolly.com/partners/Written & Performed by:Luke Stram – The KeeperCat Blackard | boR | Nicky Holland | Joshua LaForge | John Sebastian La ValleSound Design: Colin PetersonEditing: Colin Peterson & Cat BlackardStory Editing: Cat BlackardCast (In Order of Appearance):Joshua LaForge as Moses Ruben CubbenfieldMelody Perera as Anjana RamakrishnanJohn Sebastian LaValle as Oswald SinclairCat Blackard as GekLuke Stram as The HoboCat Blackard as The Narrator/The AnnouncerMusical Spotlight: "Every Single Friend" by The Marc With A C TrioOriginal Score: Ryan McQuinn and Mike McQuinnSeries 2 Album Art by Cat Blackard Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

7 Nov 2018

Rank #11

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Series 2: The Terrible Secret of Lot X :: Meet the Cast

The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program is live tabletop roleplaying turned into a 1930s radio serial. Before you dive into the insanity of improvised audio drama horror, meet the crew and learn a little bit about how the Call of Cthulhu system works.​Our original season of The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program was meant to be a one-off, but raving lunatics that you are, you were ravenous for more! Join producer and performer, Cat Blackard for a discussion about bringing the show back, Keeper Luke Stram shares how Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition has changed the game and how we play it, and get to know this season’s Investigators: Ghostbusters: Resurrection‘s Josh LaForge and Nerdy Show‘s boR, Nicky Holland, and Omniverse development producer John Sebastian LaValle.​Here you’ll find them all so young, naïve, and full of weapons-grade jerky. These poor fools have no idea what horrendous, sanity-rending torment they’re about to endure in this all new tale… “The Terrible Secret of Lot X”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

13mins

24 Oct 2018

Rank #12

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Series 1: The Black Birth :: Meet the Cast

Before you dive into the insanity of improvised audio drama horror, meet the players and learn a little bit about how we use tabletop roleplaying to help us weave these sinister stories. This debut series of The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program features cast members from beloved actual play podcasts: Cat Blackard and Ruel Knudson from Dungeons & Doritos, Ghostbusters: Resurrection's Doug Banks, along with Nerdy Show's Kay, and Brandon Gerson, and introducing Game Master, Luke Stram. Our ongoing journey into unknowable adventure started life here, as a fan-requested special. Join us for our humble beginnings as our cast embarks on a terrifying and hilarious RPG series like no other.Transcripts and more info available at: CthulhuMystery.comSupport our sponsors at: https://fableandfolly.com/partners/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

14mins

24 Sep 2015

Rank #13

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Lot X Part 3 :: The Price of Knowing

Housed within the hallowed halls of the Miskatonic University library is one of the few known copies of The Necronomicon - a tome of the unknown - of death, and power. Seekers of arcane knowledge are drawn to it. So it should be no surprise that Estelle Thorpe’s path has led her here.While half of the troupe journey to the wilds of Essex, Ms. Thorpe is accompanied by gambler, Kenneth Roger, and good time girl, Cherry Featherbottom, to consult the impossibly rare book. A book which the late Charles Pell, presumed dead peddler of obscurities, had hoped to reference in his nefarious dealings.Content Warning: Psychological trauma, gambling, alcohol use, guns, assault, gore, body horrorTranscripts and more info available at: CthulhuMystery.comSupport our sponsors at: https://fableandfolly.com/partners/Written & Performed by:Luke Stram – The KeeperCat Blackard | boR | Nicky Holland | Joshua LaForge | John Sebastian La ValleSound Design: Colin PetersonEditing: Colin Peterson & Cat BlackardStory Editing: Cat BlackardCast (In Order of Appearance):Eleanor Edwards as The LibrarianCat Blackard as Estelle ThorpeboR as Kenneth RogerGraham Rowat as Professor Henry ArmitageNicky Holland as Cherry FeatherbottomJohn Sebastian LaValle as Oswald SinclairJoshua LaForge as Moses Ruben CubbenfieldMelody Perera as Anjana RamakrishnanCat Blackard as The Narrator/The AnnouncerMusical Spotlight: "The Valley" by Coach HopOriginal Score: Ryan McQuinn and Mike McQuinnSeries 2 Album Art by Cat Blackard Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

21 Nov 2018

Rank #14

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Cthulhu Cthommentary: The Black Birth - Terror Comes A-Knocking

Cthulhu Cthommentary is an episode-by-episode exploration of the dark recesses of The Call of Cthulhu Mystery Program - exclusive to Patreon.In this behind-the-scenes show, we share ALL our secrets: the roleplaying paths not taken, the obscure historical and cultural references, the uncanny depths of research that go into our parody commercials, and much more. In this preview episode, discussing episode 1 of our first series, hear what awaits you beyond the veil.New episodes release weekly at Patreon.com/OminverseMedia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

29 May 2020

Rank #15