Fear Itself

Stings for Trail of Cthulhu

by James Semple

[Editor] Media composer James Semple has created some musical stings for use with Trail of Cthulhu. James has worked with Cthulhu before (in a manner of speaking), creating the intro to the excellent Yog Radio, and we hope to work with him in future on a Trail of Cthulhu sound track and sound effect album.

Strange Meetings

This is a tension/anticipation piece inspired by the music of classic horror films. I would use it when introducing a new element in a game: an important NPC, a new location, perhaps even arriving at a railway station or port and seeing your mode of transport for the first time.
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Curiouser and Curiouser

Although slightly anxious, I feel that this music neither raises nor lowers the tension. It's definitely transition music introducing a change of scene, especially with time passing (e.g. ...and the next day).
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The Big Reveal

This is more than a cliche, it's practically mandatory! This is definitely the music to use when the bad thing happens: it could be the villain unmasked or it could simply be that the group hear terrible news.
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...And So On

A very short sting. Definitely a default transition. It doesn't really imply much other than a vaguely sinister mood.
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