Adventures in Cosmic Horror

We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.
~ H.P. Lovecraft, "The Call of Cthulhu"

My name is Gary Sumpter and I'm a writer and game designer. I'm probably best known for my gaming work, which I've been doing professionally since 1991, but I've also had fiction published.



Tainted Legacies Now available as a paperback book or download: TAINTED LEGACIES

TAINTED LEGACIES is a collection of four cosmic horror roleplaying adventures, two set in the Roaring Twenties and two in the modern era. These adventures are not designed for a specific game system. They are intended for use with random-roll attribute, percentile skill-based systems. Each comes complete with maps, illustrations and player aids.

THE BLIGHT (1920s)
In the New Mexico desert an ancient evil rises and the characters come face to face with a harbinger of a bleak future.

Twenty years ago New Orleans authorities, led by Inspector Legrasse, plunged into the heart of the bayou to put an end to a terror so horrible it would haunt their dreams forever. They thought they succeeded; they thought they'd won. They were wrong. Deep in the darkness the characters investigate a new horror, born of the old, now stirring - and a new nightmare begins.

> Check out RevolutionSF's review of Second Coming! <

Sex, drugs & rock 'n roll in the Severn Valley! The characters investigate a missing girl, a decadent rock band, and a secret so terrible no one is talking about it.

> Check out RevolutionSF's review of Widdershins! <

"I playtested Widdershins a while ago, and we had a blast."
- Daniel Harms, editor, Encyclopedia Cthulhiana

"Widdershins is easily one of the best cosmic horror scenarios I've read in a long LONG time."
- Kevin Ross, writer, editor and game designer

A disappearance at Arkham's Miskatonic University stuns both the community and the campus. Investigation reveals hints of an old evil thriving in - and below - the witch-haunted town, and the characters suddenly find themselves on the horns of a terrible dilemma.

> Check out RevolutionSF's review of The Usurpers! <

" of the finest scenario authors I ever worked with."
- Keith Herber, former Call of Cthulhu editor

"...the M.R. James of the modern horror RPG world."
- Scott David Aniolowski, writer, editor and game designer

"Gary Sumpter writes horror scenarios that reflect the classic Lovecraftian themes of tortured souls and unspeakable truths."
- Rob Malkovich, game designer

© 2005 Gary Sumpter
H.P. Lovecraft's works are quoted for purposes of illustration only.