Eldritch Tales by H. P. Lovecraft audiobook

Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre

By H. P. Lovecraft
Read by various narrators

Blackstone Publishing 9780575099357
20.15 Hours Unabridged
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The only audio edition of Eldritch Tales authorized by the H. P. Lovecraft Estate! Following the phenomenal success of Necronomicon, its companion volume brings together Lovecraft’s remaining major stories plus his weird poetry, a number of obscure revisions, and some notable nonfiction, including the seminal critical essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature.” Gathering together in chronological order the rest of Lovecraft’s rarely seen but extraordinary short fiction, this collection includes the entirety of the long-out-of-print collection of thirty-six sonnets “Fungi from Yuggoth.” Lovecraft died at the age of forty-seven, but in his short life he turned out dozens of stories that changed the face of horror. His extraordinary imagination spawned both the Elder God Cthulhu and his eldritch cohorts, as well as the strangely compelling town of Innsmouth, all of which feature here. 

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Summary

Summary

The only audio edition of Eldritch Tales authorized by the H. P. Lovecraft Estate!

Following the phenomenal success of Necronomicon, its companion volume brings together Lovecraft’s remaining major stories plus his weird poetry, a number of obscure revisions, and some notable nonfiction, including the seminal critical essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature.”

Gathering together in chronological order the rest of Lovecraft’s rarely seen but extraordinary short fiction, this collection includes the entirety of the long-out-of-print collection of thirty-six sonnets “Fungi from Yuggoth.” Lovecraft died at the age of forty-seven, but in his short life he turned out dozens of stories that changed the face of horror. His extraordinary imagination spawned both the Elder God Cthulhu and his eldritch cohorts, as well as the strangely compelling town of Innsmouth, all of which feature here. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“One is drawn into Lovecraft by the very air of plausibility and characteristic understatement of the prose, the question being, ‘When will the weirdness strike?’” Joyce Carol Oates, praise for the author
“In this companion piece to the classic Necronomicon, an ensemble cast proves that Lovecraft’s fantastically unusual scenarios and grim elegance of phrasing work best when read aloud. All the narrators bring their own interpretations to these tales, and the collection is strengthened by the diversity of their approaches. The works are frequently complex, often jarring, and profoundly surreal, and the variation of tone, pacing, and voices helps to keep listeners engaged, while the narrators themselves provide vivid characterizations with chilling stoicism. Some narrators choose an atmospheric world-building technique; others favor a direct realism-based strategy. While their storytelling tactics may differ, each narrator’s delivery contains a clarity and comprehension that serve to make these pieces accessible and engrossing for listeners.” AudioFile
“A full cast of narrators contributes to this audiobook, performing Lovecraft’s visions of creeping horrors, insanity, and phantasms with appropriately eerie enthusiasm…These narrations create the perfect tension between the seemingly rational storyteller and the unnerving events that unfold.” Booklist (audio review)

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
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Some Creepy, Some Silly

Perhaps my youth is responsible for remembering Lovecraft as having an almost supernatural ability to creep me out via the written word. In this collection, some of Lovecraft’s short stories leave my skin crawling. Such stories include “The Challenge from Beyond” as read by Simon Prebble, “The Alchemist” as read by Simon Vance, and my favorite in this miscellany “The Horror at Martin’s Beach” as masterfully brought to life by Bronson Pinchot who always brings out the creepiest aspects of a work via his narration.

The bulk of the stories, though, feel like the same “and then something spooky\creepy happened” tale repeated throughout with different monsters and ghouls. I’m sure that at the time they were originally published, the tales freaked out readers. Nowadays, most of the stories, especially their endings are downright hokey and silly. That said, this miscellany is a must read for any fan of Lovecraft or the horror and sci-fi genre in general. It serves as an excellent launching point into these genres. Not only that, but they stand as a historical work that highlights the influence Lovecraft had within these genres, as well as the worlds of comic books, video games, and pop culture at large.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 20.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English