Happy Birthday HP Lovecraft – Ia Cthulhu Fthagn

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

A trip down memory lane…

Well, I’m a bit behind in updates and many recent projects are still under NDA…so let’s have a blast from the past (in more ways than one). A lot of my friends have been blogging today about HP Lovecraft’s birthday; he’s one of my favorite horror writers and the creator of the Cthulhu mythos. Back in 2005, I was fortunate enough to work on Headfirst’s Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth video game (released by Bethesda Softworks). It was great to be involved in another project where I’ve always been a fan.

The main character that I voiced, Brian Burnham, was one of the supporting characters that was pretty important to the game. In addition, I also played a number of minor roles including: Cutter Urania Seaman, Innsmouth Human, Victor Holt, Arkham Doctor, Yithian, and Hybrid. The Hybrids were a lot of fun as we were partially mutated humans and got to do some really extreme voice work. Some of the things we were able to do surprised the developers as they weren’t sure we hadn’t applied effects to them.

The game was extremely creepy and not so much a shooter as an immersive horror story (though some shooting is definitely involved). The design was incredible and had great music and sound effects as well. The graphics are a bit dated now, but at the time were impressive. I loved their unique feature of blurring out the display as your health meter ran low and fading out when you blacked out. It still holds up as a really well-done game with a high freak-out factor for those who are fans of horror in general and HP Lovecraft in particular.

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