When the Earth was young, an alien creature plunged from the
stars in fire and pain. The salts of the ocean infected its
wounds and the god-like being fell into a deathless slumber.
When humanity finally crawled out of the primeval slime
it was not alone. . . the Sleeping God, Cthulhu, was waiting
to invade its dreams. Those who heard his telepathic call
became the cruel instruments of an alien will. It was the
first Dark Age. Then in a brutal purge by primitive man, all
such Dreamers were exterminated.
More millennia passed.
The Night Scholars was a clandestine organization setup
to monitor the ancient cult of the Sleeping God. In the early
1950s it began compiling an enormous database of arcane information
and its findings resulted in a single, incontrovertible, conclusion:
the Sleeping God was waking.
In 1974, underground film smuggled out of East Germany convinced
the British Government of the terrorist threat posed by the
rapidly expanding cult. Major Henry Armitage, the head of
the Night Scholars, forged an uneasy alliance with the Home
Office which lasted until 1993, when he was sectioned as being
mentally incompetent by his own daughter.
Diana Armitage, with the help of her Home Office liaison,
the mysterious Mr. Moon, launched an aggressive campaign against
the Dreamers. This operation was designated the Rough Magik
initiative. But they trod on the toes of some powerful people,
amidst accusations of financial impropriety and possible treason,
the Night Scholars were disbanded in 1996.
Now the old magic is returning. The Sleeping God is rising.
And there are more Dreamers than Mr. Moon can handle as he
struggles to rebuild the Night Scholars.
Stephen W. Parsons was plucked from teenage obscurity by
Island Records Chris Blackwell to front a planned supergroup
called The Sharks, which was launched in a blaze of publicity
and broke up rather quickly before reforming to record a second
album and tour the USA. After making two albums and touring
with Ginger Bakers The Army, Parsons recorded a pair
of solo albums, Video Kings and La Rocca, then went to become
an award-winning composer for commercials, features and prime-time
TV series on both side of the Atlantic.
His film scores include three of The Howling werewolf series,
Another 91/2 week, Split Second and Beg. He was also executive
producer (and composer) on the horror comedy Funny Man starring
Christopher Lee and the Australian noir comedy Muggers.