Tesla vs Cthulhu

Tesla vs Cthulhu was born in 2012. I was in the film industry at the time, working as a screenwriter, independent development executive, and story consultant. In addition to the feature films we were developing, we also did fun side projects. I had wanted to do something in the vein of Lovecraft for a while, and I had also been a long-time fan of Nikola Tesla. And then, as I was brainstorming ideas for new projects, the phrase just entered my head.

Tesla vs Cthulhu.

I searched extensively but no one had done anything like this. So I wrote a short film, The Nightmare of Desolation Sound, a three-person, one-location film with the characters of Nikola Tesla, Elaine West, a graduate student from Miksatonic University, and Dr. Daniels, her professor who harbours a dark secret. I assembled my team, launching a Kickstarter shortly thereafter. Despite not having a big reach or much of a plan, we exceeded our goal and had coverage from as far away as Italy and Croatia.

Although the film started it all, the first story in the Tesla vs Cthulhu world would turn out to be the start of my serious fiction work. Kickstarters have updates, and daily updates are a good habit. As I was about to post my first update, I had an impulse: it would be fun to have something in the updates from inside the Tesla vs Cthulhu universe, so I wrote a diary entry from Elaine West.

I hadn’t thought that I needed daily updates for 30 days, and so in addition to running a Kickstarter and balancing my other film work, I’d also committed to writing several hundred words nearly every day for a short story that I didn’t have an outline for and had only the vaguest idea of plot.

From that was born the first tale in the Tesla vs Cthulhu universe, and it was a universe that would also lead me to my first novel.

The Novels
Two novel-length stories that connect the film and short stories while propelling West and Tesla on terrifying new adventures!
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The Film
In a dark short film, Elaine West discovers how far the mysterious forces can reach...
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The Short Stories
A graphic novel and two short stories that expand the dark world of Tesla vs Cthulhu
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The Nightmare of Desolation Sound

The Nightmare of Desolation Sound was filmed in 2013 and had its world premiere at the HP Lovecraft Festival in Portland, Oregon.

Elaine West – Stephanie Dyck
Nikola Tesla – Sacha M. Romalo
Professor Daniels – Kirk Wilson

Written, Directed, and Edited by Jeff Richards
Produced by Mehgan Atchison, Jeff Richards, and Brad Johnson
Cinematography by Yong Jin Kim
Graphic Design by Stephanie Malone

The Siege of Arkham

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The Diary of Elaine West

The Diary of Elaine West, which eventually forms the backbone of the Report of the Desolation Sound Expedition, 1926, begins the journey of our protagonist as she arrives with a Miskatonic University research team at the beautiful but remote location of Desolation Sound in British Columbia, Canada. She details the wonder of the location, the growing horrors they encounter, the collapse of the party’s leadership, and the horrible choices she inevitably must take as she shoulders the burden of saving whoever she can from the monstrous forces seeking their extinction.

The diary contains sketches recording Elaine’s impressions of the strange world she finds herself in, illustrated by award-winning artist and President of the Federation of Canadian Artists Jennifer Heine.

The Dread that Dwelled in Innsmouth

Elaine West has been in tough spots before. But waking up chained to a wall in a dark cell? Tesla nowhere to be found? Horrors are around every corner, but the dark powers growing in that fabled town have not reckoned on Elaine when she’s angry …

The Dread that Dwelled in Innsmouth takes place after the events of the second Tesla vs Cthulhu novel, The Gate of Azathoth, and two years after Lovecraft’s The Shadow over Innsmouth.

The Darkness in the Water

The Darkness in the Water turns our tale to the other half of our intrepid duo: Nikola Tesla. After opposition to his rather spectacular experiments at wireless transmission of energy, he decides to move to a far more remote location: the wilds of British Columbia, Desolation Sound, where he expects complete solitude (not knowing of the strange forces gathering, or indeed of the ill-fated Miskatonic University expedition).

However, he will discover that there is far more to be concerned about than annoying the neighbours as he discovers dark secrets in the woods, strange creatures, and an approaching threat that could be ebyond imagining, even for the world’s greatest inventor …