These scenarios were entered to the Lovecraftesque scenario competition 2016.
A Moment of your Time by Codie Hogbin. A mayor, soon up for re-election, decides to tour their declining port town to build goodwill with their constituents. However, exits polls may become the least of their concerns.
Absinthe Waves by Ralph Lovegrove. A music journalist traces the roots of a legendary musician back to their home village, where they’ve been living as a recluse.
The Beast of Bladenboro by Arlene Medder. Dogs and goats are being killed in a small Southern town. Is it someone just concealing moonshining, or something more sinister?
Blood Will Out by Jaye Foster. A surgeon finds something darker and more sinister than disease is afflicting the patients of a North Italian hospital.
Breath of Life by Eric Farmer. Summers stretch on forever when you’re young, but here in Orange Blossom and under this stifling heat – do you want it to?
Bringing New Life by Elizabeth Lovegrove. Kim’s partner is in hospital having twins. But something strange is happening in the weird mishmash of buildings which makes up Peventry University Hospital, and the maternity ward seems to be at the centre of it.
Catch of the Day by Sławomir Wójcik. A trio of work friends go for a fishing trip in rural Poland in early 90’s.
Cold Steel by Fred Bednarski. While the people of a Nazi occupied town in Poland are struggling to survive the harsh winter, someone or something is unearthing long forgotten secrets.
Dead Ashes Burn Again by Tom McGrenery. Peking, 1937. In the dead of winter, on the brink of war, one detective ventures into the grandest and seediest of the city’s foreign enclaves.
Ghost Ship by Bruce ES Warner. A garbled distress call from the husk of an abandoned generation spaceship leads to horrible revelations for the responding emergency team.
James Shelton Mine by Arlene Medder. Is the James Shelton Mine suffering bad luck, haunted, sabotaged, or something more serious?
No Safety from the Sand by Jaye Foster. In the midst of the great war, a Berber girl finds horrors greater than the war.
Porridge by Ralph Lovegrove[*]. A young offender is incarcerated at Green Hill, a former Victorian gaol refurbished as a modern private prison by Tesseract Securities.
Rare Antiquities by Oli Jeffery. A sleazy historian travels to Brighton to scatter his mother’s ashes, but instead gets entangled in both the city’s sex trade and the labyrinthine area known as The Lanes.
Ride a White Horse by Elizabeth Lovegrove. Madam Penelope’s Travelling Circus is famed throughout the land for its amazing dancing horses, but when teenage Eleanor runs away to join the circus, she quickly realises all is not as it seems.
The Heart Line by Ralph Lovegrove. A tourist returning to the Old Country breaks their journey with a layover in the capitalist city-state Autonexia and rides the underground railway to unexpected destinations.
The Huston Veil by Devon Apple. In this 1825 London scenario, players illustrate the journey of a local lanternbearer whose path will follow a conspiracy that writhes in the shadows of the darkest corners of the East India Company.
The Last Hours of the International Space Station by Andrew Cain. After a major systems failure, the International Space Station is evacuated. However, a sick astronaut is unable to leave, and a medical team are sent in. Unfortunately for them these problems are just the start of something far worse.
The Wilder Parts of the Forest by Oli Jeffery. In a CS Lewis inspired fantasy land, the Wardens of the Wilder Parts of the Forest are tasked with hunting down the monstrosities that dwell there.
Under a Grey Sun by Ralph Lovegrove. In the Court Abundant a young scientist with proof of life on other worlds seeks an audience with the King, which is postponed time and again, leaving them to aimlessly wander the Citadel in search of answers.
[*] This scenario is not technically a part of the competition as it was Ralph’s fourth scenario, but I’ve included it for completeness.