According to the game manual, coder Marc Dawson first conceived the idea for ASTAROTH after reading Stephen King's 1974 best-selling horror novel "Carrie".
'Marc had the idea for Astaroth after reading Carrie by Stephen King. "lt’s all about powers of the mind," says Marc, "and since then l’ve read other Stephen King books which are more or less along the same lines."' [Source: ASTAROTH game manual, p1]
 According to the manual, the main sprite is also based on a sketch of guitarist Andrew Eldritch of 1980s gothic UK rock band "The Sisters of Mercy".
'Marc does his work for Hewson through his own company, Eldritch the Cat, formed in partnership with programmer Steve Weatherill. "Yes," he agrees, "it IS a weird name! It has a rather dubious origin — there was a guitarist called Andrew Eldritch who played with a group called Sisters of Mercy. Our graphic artist did a drawing of him that later became the main sprite in Astaroth.”' [Source: ASTAROTH game manual, p1]
 The game manual includes a profile of coder Marc Dawson.
 Original release contents included a large A2 size game poster identical to the artwork on the front of the Mindpowers booklet cover.
 Distributed in Germany by Ariolasoft.
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