As someone who is a fan of Lovecraft and loather of the “Lovecraftian”, I must admit that I have a very morbid curiosity about what this game will end up looking like.
Considering the primary source of horror in Lovecraft came from a combination of the isolation from society that mental illness brings along with the fallibility of human science, it’s hard to imagine capturing what makes Lovecraft Lovecraft without the spectre of mental illness and the notion that the one with mental illness may actually be the one sane man.
Very little of Lovecraft’s horror is derived from the monsters themselves but the implications about science and culture these monsters reflect. Whisperer in the Dark wasn’t scary because a scientist was really an evil alien space monster, it was scary because it used that scenario to frame the question “what if we can’t trust peer review and scientists are lying to us?”
Social and cultural isolation leading to loss of self in a modern world governed by Einsteinian physics is Lovecraftian. Evil space monsters from space being evil is Derlethian.
Still, I might have to check this out, because seeing is believing.
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