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The Lurker in the Library: A Lovecraftian Murder Mystery Dinner Party Game

First half of cast

Something has gone horribly wrong at the dedication of Miskatonic University’s new library, and it is up to your group of eight friends to save the world from disaster. Which of your number has been possessed by an otherworldly consciousness? Which is a cultist trying to finish the dark work that was started? Find out in the Lurker in the Library, the Kickstarter-funded murder mystery dinner party game inspired by the cosmic horror storiesĀ of H. P. Lovecraft.

The Lurker in the Library is a print-and-play game for 8 players; the game is delivered as a zip file containing 35 PDFs and 14 MP3s. It is played in 3 acts, with 7 different possible endings. Gather your friends to your home for a fancy dress-up dinner party, or meet together with the help of your favoriteĀ video chat application.

This game takes place in 1920’s Massachusetts during the dedication of the newly-constructed Library of Ancient Manuscripts in H.P. Lovecraft’s fictional Miskatonic University. Each player will take on one of the following roles:

  • Harold Gogia, the Professor
  • Isabella Bishop, the Librarian
  • Luther Freeman, the Politician
  • Samantha Clemson, the Inventor
  • Howard Phillips, the Reporter
  • Christine Westwood, the Administrator
  • Franklin Orville, the Architect
  • Elizabeth Blaine, the Philanthropist

Please enjoy a sample of the game audio:


Content Advisory: This game has a horror theme; you may not enjoy it if firearms, magical chanting, possession, or moral dilemmas make you uncomfortable.



16 comments for “The Lurker in the Library: A Lovecraftian Murder Mystery Dinner Party Game

  1. Candy Smith
    September 16, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Purchased my game on the 11th and have not received anything yet….

    • September 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Hi, Candy! Sorry for the slow response–for some reason your comment was marked as spam by my filter. I just resent the download link to the email address that you provided when you purchased the game. You should be able to download it immediately; if you have any trouble, please email me at

  2. September 23, 2014 at 1:54 am

    As a fellow murder mystery fanatic I am in love with this concept! I will be purchasing it soon and plan to host it for my very own NYE party. Great job!

  3. Brian
    October 10, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Always wanted to do one of those murder mystery games, they seemed like so much fun.

    And what’s this?! One of them has a LOVECRAFT theme?!

    You, sir, are awesome.

  4. S.B.Smith
    October 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    This sounds like it would be great fun to host. If I do, I will serve something appropriate for the dinner. The appetizers would be squamous, and the main course would be octopus and squid :)

  5. Alexis
    November 4, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Purchased and received a download link, but I haven’t had a chance to play yet and the link’s expired. I still have my receipt email, is it possible to get another download link?

    • November 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Hi, Alexis! I just send you a code that you can use to download the game; let me know if I can help in any other way!

  6. Leah
    December 3, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Brian. I purchased this back in October but never had a chance to download and print it out. It seems the link in my email no longer works. Can I get a new link please? We’re thinking of doing this for our New Year’s celebration.

    Thanks! – Leah

  7. Leah
    December 9, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Brian,
    I purchased your game back in October but I never had a chance to download it and print it out. We are now trying to plan a New Year’s Dinner Party and would like to play the game. Can I have a new active link to download this please? – Leah

    • December 9, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      Hi, Leah! It should be in your email. Let me know if I can help with anything else!

  8. Eirini
    December 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Brian,
    I purchased the game a couple of months ago and this week we’re finally hosting it! In preparation, any indication of the year (or decade) the events in the game are taking place? I’m mostly asking to know what to arrange for costumes. Thanks!

    Everyone is super excited to play the game :)


    • December 18, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Excellent question! The game takes place in Massachusetts in the 1920s; the guests are present for various reasons at the dedication of Miskatonic University’s new library.

      Have fun!

  9. barthulhu
    December 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm


    we’ve purchased this as a present for a friend, but want to print it and bundle it into kind of a book.

    Since I might also want to play it someday, I’d like to read as little as possible. Do you have a logical order to print the pdf’s and put it in a bundle so I won’t have to look?

    Kind regards

    • January 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Hi, Bart! Sorry for the extremely delayed response. That’s a very interesting question! I’d recommend using the same order that I used in the script: start with the character backgrounds (in any order), then Act 1 for all characters, Act 2 for all characters, and Act 3 for all characters. If you want to include the host’s guide, I would put it at the very beginning. If you want to include the ending guide, stick it at the very end. Of course, some parts of the game are audio-only, but the text of these parts is included in the script that I linked to above.

      If you really want to go all-out and your own awesome book version, go for it! I’ve released the text of the game under a creative commons license; I’m only retaining full rights to the images and the audio.

  10. Nina
    January 6, 2015 at 2:40 am

    Hi Brian,

    Can we play the game with only six players? Or do we have to have eight to make it work?


    • January 17, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      The game has eight characters and was designed for eight players. You can play with more than eight, but unfortunately it will not work with fewer.

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