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Cthulhu Hack: The Haunter of the Dark


The Cthulhu Hack: The Haunter of the Dark is an ENNIE-nominated accessory that takes H. P. Lovecraft's final Mythos tale of doomed writer Robert Blake and guides you, in clear steps, through the process of turning it into an adventure for Cthulhu Hack. With that approach in mind, you can then use the same tools and guidance to create classic adventures in mystery and horror.

Cthulhu Hack is a game of investigation and battling the sanity-shattering horrors of Lovecraftian gods and monsters. With an elegant dice mechanic and fast, player-focussed gameplay, Cthulhu Hack is designed for quick and easy pick-up play, with characters ready in 5-minutes.

This supplement includes:

  • an investigation—and sequel to The Haunter of the Dark, Lovecraft's final solo Mythos story. In Horrible Abysses, the Investigators pick up the trail left by Robert Blake and find that dark obsessions keep the Haunter’s threat alive;
  • thoughts, advice and guidance on breaking up (or down) one of Lovecraft's stories into gameable content;
  • pages of carefully crafted random tables to help spark your creativity or create new content for your adventures on the fly; and
  • an annotated version of H. P. Lovecraft's original suspenseful story of the doomed artist and writer Robert Blake. Filled with thoughts, annotations, and highlighted key elements, it picks out the potential game content as a guide to doing that same yourself.

This is a revised and expanded edition of the book, with a fresh layout, new art, additional content, more tables, and cross-referencing to both first and second edition. The new cover art featured is by Paul Tomes, who illustrated the Cthulhu Hack core rules.

The new layout and typeface mean that while the book is several pages shorter, there is actually more content than the original!

Eric Dodd - "Very interesting and worthwhile read for anyone who wants to take Lovecraftesque stories and turn them into adventures for any system. Good reading of The Haunter of the Dark, exploring its themes in a number of directions. Well worth reading and stealing story ideas and reviewing methods for any analysis of stories.

Along with other general books like Stealing Cthulhu, The Haunter of the Dark is recommended to anyone trying to write an adventure in a true Lovecraftian style." (RPG Geek)

Compatible with both Cthulhu Hack 1st and 2nd editions.

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August 21st, 2023
The haunter returns - a Mehisto review The Haunter of the Dark The story The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft not only provides the title, but also the starting point for an advent [...]
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July 11, 2023
This title was added to our catalog on June 20, 2023.
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