Before we start, I know some people are uncomfortable with playing with the occult (much as many others are uncomfortable with playing SS units). If that's you're feeling, I respect that - you needn't read any further if it's going to bother you.
Also, I must admit to having no particular knowledge of this - these are just the thoughts that occur to me. If anyone wants a study of horror tropes in gaming I'd recommend reading James Holloway's blogs The Gonzo History Project and Gonzo History: Gaming Edition.
|Artezan? Coplestone? Pulp Figures?|
Most of these games are loosely based on a Lovecraftian mythos - is this how he and his followers depict cultists? Somehow I suspect the true type are more like those dark hooded figures, whose visages we never see (because they may not be quite human).
But as anyone who has ever seen The Wicker Man (before Nicholas Cage got involved) knows, the UK can provide cultists enough to scare the pants of anyone. However, stripped of context, its cultists look a little silly...
...and Alester Crowley always looked much scarier in mufti...
But rather than the Occultists with their sham Orientalism, I'd prefer to go with some authentic British folk customs (OK, OK, we'll gloss over just how ancient some of these customs are!). So we're back to Sid..
So, we have Morris Dancers and scary scarecrows from Woodbine Designs
What else is out there?