Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: The Unquiet Void


Poisoned Dreams

The Shadow-Haunted Outside

Welcome back, friends. Today, I have a question for you that desperately needs an answer. It goes back to something the Innsmouth Free Press ran last year. Remember Summer Screams? Well, this would have been right at home there. And no, that was not the question I wanted to ask you.

Tell me – have you heard The Unquiet Void?

What, you haven’t? Well, then, brother and/or sister, do I have a treat for you.

The Unquiet Void is musician Jason Wallach, a man of disturbing talent and taste, who specializes in making highly atmospheric instrumental music. With a number of CD collections, not to mention doing the soundtracks for a number of independent Lovecraftian films, this Void is filled with music of the darkest and most beautiful sort. For this review, I will be speaking specifically about two of his CDs, Poisoned Dreams and The Shadow-Haunted Outside. These are the first two chapters of The Unquiet Void’s “Lovecraft Trilogy,” with the final part of the trilogy, The Secrets of Vanished Aeons, coming out soon.

So, why would you want such CDs? Well, beyond their use at your next Halloween party (Yes, that is partially a jest, but they would be perfect for such a thing), if you are a fan of spooky sounds, then this music is tailor-made for you. If you are a writer of dark things and want something to listen to as you write that will put you in the mood, The Unquiet Void is perfect for that. If you’re a fan of the eldritch horrors dreamt up by H.P. Lovecraft (and I know you are, since you’re here reading this on this website), and want to jam with some sounds that just might actually be the music beyond ye spheres, you’ll find examples of that here with tracks titled “The Lurker at the Threshold,” “The Dark Mother,” “Necronomicon,” “Return to Innsmouth,” and “The Esoteric Order,” to name just a few. Lastly, for those mavens of the Mythos who like to fearfully fling funny-looking dice while playing horror role playing games, these CDs are a must-have to establish the proper atmosphere of fear and dread for your next get-together for Call of Cthulhu or the terror RPG of your choice.

The Unquiet Void is perfect for fans of dark ambient music. It offers sinister sounds that, while far from soothing, are memorable and expertly done. This music is the soundtrack of nightmares and shapeless, unnamable horrors. If that’s what you’re looking for, you need to look no further than The Unquiet Void for fulfill your dark desires. To experience the Unquietness for yourself, you can go this website:, where you can listen to samples or order the CDs directly from the artist. Consider both Poisoned Dreams and The Shadow-Haunted Outside highly recommended, and The Secrets of Vanished Aeons highly anticipated.

About Brian M. Sammons

Brian M. Sammons has been critiquing all things horror, science fiction, dark, or just plain icky for over a decade. His reviews and columns can currently be found in the pages of these magazines: Cemetery Dance, Shock Totem and Dark Discoveries, and on these websites: Horror World, The Black Glove and now here. Not being satisfied at being a humble and handsome critic, Brian has penned a few tales himself. They have appeared in the magazines Bare Bone, Cthulhu Sex, Dark Animus, and Horror Carousel, and in the anthologies Arkham Tales, Cthulhu Unbound Vol. 2, Horrors Beyond, and Twisted Legends, among others. He has also written extensively for the Call of Cthulhu role playing game, in an attempt to corrupt as many new, young minds as possible. Despite all this, Brian is often described by his neighbours as "such a nice, quiet man", and he loves animals.

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