10 – Harry Horse and Drowned God Part I: The Life and Death of a Prankster

The point-and-click adventure game Drowned God was released in 1996. Fusing seemingly every conspiracy theory ever invented and the arcane secrets of numerology, tarot, and kabbalah, Drowned God stood out from its contemporaries (other point-and-clicks like Myst and The 7th Guest) simply because of how strange it was. In part one, we look at the surreal and tragic life of Drowned God’s creator, the gifted artist, musician, and prankster Richard Horne, AKA Harry Horse. From his early years as a banjo player in the bluegrass punk band Swamptrash, through his career as a children’s book author and illustrator, manuscript forger, conspiracy theorist, and game developer to the brutal and confusing murder-suicide that ended the lives of Harry Horse and his wife Mandy Williamson, this is one of those stories that doesn’t easily leave.