“About this time Edward brought the girl to call on me, and I at once saw that his interest was by no means one-sided. She eyed him continually with an almost predatory air, and I perceived that their intimacy was beyond untangling.” H.P. Lovecraft, ‘The Thing on the Doorstep’
One of the biggest challenges in writing Arkham Sanitarium was expanding on Lovecraft’s writing whilst remaining faithful to the story and characters. The passage above is the only time it’s mentioned in ‘The Thing on the Doorstep’ that Daniel Upton actually meets with Asenath – and the only point where we can explore her character at any length.
This scene existed in my head – in one form or another – long before I thought of making Arkham Sanitarium - before even I thought of adapting ‘The Thing on the Doorstep’. Reading the story I imagined to myself what that meeting was like – Asenath is a complex and duplicitous character – meeting Edward Derby’s friends – in particular, his closest friend is completely beneath her – but in order to endear Edward to her, she reluctantly agrees to it.
As Lovecraft’s only notable female character, it was important we get Asenath just right – I’m thrilled with the performance we got from the very talented Lexi Wolfe and we hope you enjoy watching her bring Asenath to life as much as we have – Andrew.
Scene from ‘The Thing on the Doorstep’ featuring Paul Maclaine as Daniel Upton, Lexi Wolfe as Asenath Waite and Edward Lewis French as Edward Pickman Derby.