The Lurking Horror

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The Lurking Horror was Infocom's 27th piece of interactive fiction (and the only horror game). It was written by Dave Lebling, the co-author of every Zork title, and Enchanter, as well as the sole author of Starcross, Suspect, and Spellbreaker.

The Lurking Horror
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Author(s) Dave Lebling
Publisher(s) Infocom, Activision
Release date(s) 05-Jun-1987
Authoring system ZIL
Platform(s) Z-code 3
Language(s) English
License(s) Commercial
Color effects none
Graphics none
Sound/Music none
Cruelty scale Cruelty to be determined

How It Begins

You must finish the last term paper (deadline tomorrow!). All the computers in the dorm are in use, so you endured a snowstorm to travel to the institute's computer laboratory. However, the snowstorm turned into a blizzard and you decided to remain in the complex for the night, working on the report. Now you are in the Terminal Room (lonely but for a hacker whom you are familiar with). It goes without saying that you are carrying the aforesaid assignment.

Notable Features

  • It was one of Infocom's first titles to feature sound (for the Amiga and Atari ST versions only).

Infocom Versions

Release 203

Release 219

Release 221

Activision Re-Releases


General info