Guest Stars

The Shadow

Cover of a 1938 Shadow Magazine

The Shadow, as depicted in a 1938 magazine cover.

From Wikipedia:

The Shadow is a collection of serialized dramas, originally in 1930s pulp novels, and then in a wide variety of media. Details of the title character have varied across various media, but he is generally depicted as a crime-fighting vigilante with psychic powers posing as a "wealthy, young man about town". One of the most famous adventure heroes of the twentieth century, The Shadow has been featured on the radio, in a long-running pulp magazine series, in comic books, comic strips, television, serials, video games, and at least five motion pictures. The radio drama is well-remembered for those episodes voiced by Orson Welles.


The introduction from The Shadow radio program "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" spoken by actor Frank Readick Jr., has earned a place in the American idiom. These words were accompanied by an ominous laugh and a musical theme, Camille Saint-Saëns' Le Rouet d'Omphale ("Omphale's Spinning Wheel", composed in 1872). At the end of each episode The Shadow reminded listeners that, "The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay... The Shadow knows!"

No pulp adventure game would be complete without an appearance from one of the archetypal pulp adventure heroes, The Shadow, and he has made a number of them within the world of the Chamber.

For the depiction of the Shadow in the Chamber game, I have drawn most upon Walter Gibson’s novels, and to a lesser extent on the radio show, the 1970s and 1989-92 DC Comics series (but not the Howard Chaykin one, ick!), the early 1990s Dark Horse Comics series, and the 1994 film starring Alec Baldwin in the title role.  Jerry Goldsmith’s brilliant soundtrack has become one of the foundations of background music for any Chamber play session.

The Shadow has appeared in the following adventures:

Daughter of Famine