Shadows Over Filmland

From [YSDC] The Veiled Society
Jump to: navigation, search


Front Cover

Publisher: Pelgrane Press

Product Code: PELGT06

Publishing Year: 2008

Pages: 192

Cover Price: $34.95

Author(s): Kenneth Hite, Robin D Laws

Artist(s): Jérôme Huguenin

Style(s): Scenarios in a Hollywood style

Format(s): Hardcover and PDF

ISBN: 1-93485-927-3



Trail Of Cthulhu goes to the movies! Pelgrane Press pays homage to the classic horror films of the 1930s with this 192-page compendium of celluloid thrills and chills!

THE BACKLOT TEEMS WITH LOVECRAFTIAN MENACE! Trail Of Cthulhu creators Kenneth Hite and Robin D. Laws team up, marshalling their deep mastery of cinematic lore to bring you a landmark collection of Cthulhoid scenarios and source material.

GASP at the startling parallels between Hollywood and HPL horror in Nitrate Gothic. Critical exploration this blood-curdling could only issue from one pen-that of Kenneth Hite!

SHUDDER at the strange setting that is Backlot Gothic. Wolves howl across blackened hillsides. Hunchbacked madmen stalk through forests of dead, naked trees. The impossible machinery of mad science hisses and sparks in basement laboratories deep beneath ancestral manors. Is this gloomy black and white world Eastern Europe? Germany? England? None of these places-yet all of them at once!

TREMBLE at the hours of mysterious play found within its dozen pulse-quickening scenarios.

  • Cheat death with Dr. Grave Dust.
  • Face the dread count himself in Dreams Of Dracula.
  • Track a bestial killer Under A Werewolf Moon.
  • Dare to cross the threshold of The Black Chateau.
  • Learn the murderous secret of The Non-Euclidean Man.
  • Hear the whispers of Nyarlathotep on The Night I Died.
  • Walk in zombie footsteps to encounter the White Bokor.
  • Unearth a mummy’s curse, bringing Death Across the Nile.
  • Explore the prehistoric jungle isle of The Green Ape.
  • Penetrate the dark heart of Africa to meet the Lord of the Jungle.
  • Flee from enemies old and new in The Preserve.
  • Finally, complete your tour of filmic menace by venturing into the darkest pit of insanity yet-Hollywood itself, in The Final Reel!

This book is mostly made up of a collection of twelve scenarios, all based around 1930's Hollywood horror movies.

In addition to the scenarios, new source material is provided in two main sections:

  • Double Feature
    • Lovecraft Meets the Wolf Man
    • The Silver Nitrate Mythos
  • Backlot Gothic
    • East Of Switzerland, West Of Hell
    • Dread Albion
    • Stock Footage
    • Absent Technologies
    • Forests Blackest
    • Using Supporting Players
    • Castles and Catacombs
    • New Rule: Undying
    • Towns and Villages
    • Story Hooks

The book also includes an appendix consisting of a Bibliography/Filmography and player handouts from the book's scenarios.

Scenarios: Death Across the Nile, White Bokor, Dr. Grave Dust, Dreams of Dracula, The Green Ape, The Lord of the Jungle, The Night I Died, The Non-Euclidean Man, The Black Chateau, Under A Werewolf Moon, The Preserve, The Final Reel

Front Cover Text

No Additional Text

Back Cover Text

List all the text on the back cover.

Comments / Trivia

Playtesters: Eric Virat, Bruno Pujol, Xavier Vialles, Jean-Pascal Foldrin, Leonardo Felippe, Wojtek "Alter" Kobza and group, Sergio Tomas Torregrosa and group, Arseny Kuznetsov and group, Eusebi Vazquez and group (Lisandro, Vangelis andCarol), Robert Mills and group, Marcus Tsong, Rober Miller, Phil Garrad, Etic Tage Larsen, Josh, Nick Riggs


Spoilers - Keepers Eyes Only

Players should not read any further.

Comment here to Keepers about this book. Comments on specific Scenarios and Campaigns go on their respective pages. Keep DISCUSSION on the talk page.