True horror-based RPs seem to be few and far between, both on E and elsewhere. I attribute this to the heavy demands that the genre imposes on both players and GMs. I've attempted horror myself three times as GM: the first time was a miserable failure because the play rapidly turned into one pointless orgy after another, the second time was wildly successful (mostly because the players were all excellent), and the third time was mostly good but with some rough spots (drop-outs and such). So a mixed bag overall.
As it happens, though, I've never had the chance to play in someone else's horror RP. And I'd really like to give it a try.
Three things that I need to get out of the way first: 1) If there's a chance this will degenerate into an extravaganza of tentacular porn - then I'm really a not interested, and 2) *Sacrilege alert* I'm not a big fan of the majority of Lovecraft's work (pointlessly pedantic purplish prose), nor his rampant reactionary racism. That said, he did write a couple of real masterpieces and had a true gift building tension and dread. 3) I'm also not a big fan of the Cthulhu mythos, per se, so if this is going to be "according to canon"... tell me now.
I know, I'm a picky bastard, but I like to think I make up for it with consistently decent posts. And from what has been hinted at so far in this thread I don't think I have reason to be concerned. Nevertheless I wanted to make sure before I decide whether I'm interested or not.
So, if that's all hunky-dory, and you still have room, and you aren't convinced that I'm a total prick...
A brief character sketch: A mid-40s former US Navy diver (a salvage specialist, not a SEAL) who, on paper, was honorably discharged. In reality he suffers from bouts of PTSD due to a series of near-catastrophic secret missions, the last of which he returned from alone. The rest of his team, including his long-time girlfriend, having been killed. After several incidents (odd behavior, bar fights, etc.) his commanding officer encouraged him to ask for a discharge (and to seek mental help) rather than see him end up in the stockade. After his discharge - because his credentials clearly make him one of the top-10 people in his field, and because his official record spotless - he's recruited by The Poseidon Initiative to first help build the underwater facility, and later as the chief of the maintenance crew. Because he's not exactly stable to start with I figure 1) He would dismiss any strange happenings or bizarre thoughts as being caused by his "problem" (which he's managed to keep hidden), and 2) He may be particularly susceptible to whatever is going on.