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The Shadow over Innsmouth | [H. P. Lovecraft]

The Shadow over Innsmouth

Considered to the be one of most influential American authors, Howard Philip Lovecraft is synonymous with some of the best fantasy and horror fiction of the 20th century, second only to Edgar Allan Poe. Innsmouth is a dilapidated seaside town with secrets as a hybrid race of half-human and half-amphibian creatures worship the gods of Cthulhu and Dagon.
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Considered to the be one of most influential American authors, Howard Philip Lovecraft is synonymous with some of the best fantasy and horror fiction of the 20th century, second only to Edgar Allan Poe.

Innsmouth is a dilapidated seaside town with secrets as a hybrid race of half-human and half-amphibian creatures worship the gods of Cthulhu and Dagon…. Written in 1931, and published by the Visionary Publishing Company some five years later.

”It’s a genre blessed with many great stylists, H. P.Lovecraft’s baroque imagination and outrageous use of language still manages to stand head and shoulders above the rest. A timeless master of the macabre and the true connoisseur of dread.” (Michael Marshall-Smith)

©2009 Fantom Films (P)2009 Fantom Films

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    James Turner Temecula, CA USA 10-11-12
    James Turner Temecula, CA USA 10-11-12
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    "Great Rendition of Lovecraft's Story"

    Phil Reynolds did a very nice job on this story. Lovecraft can be hard to read at times, but Reynolds did very well with it. I had already read the story a few years ago, but wanted to experience it again. I'm picky about my narrators, but enjoyed this edition.

    It's a great story, and definitely shows Lovecraft at the top of his form. If you have the time, I'd recommend starting with his earlier works and working through them. He is somewhat of an acquired taste.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Alice Springs, Australia 01-18-12
    Mark Alice Springs, Australia 01-18-12
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    "Probably Lovecraft's best book"
    Would you listen to The Shadow over Innsmouth again? Why?

    I have listened to 'Shadow' three times now since downloading it just a few months back- yes, its that good!
    This is easily Lovecraft's best book, and the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing it to life.
    Anyone who has ever spent time in a remote community where they have felt uneasy and unwelcome will certainly recognise the mood of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow over Innsmouth?

    The best moment in the book is the twist in the tale and I don't want to be a spoiler!


    What does Phil Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator delivers the prose with such skill and poise you are just carried along with him. His accent skills when needed are top-knotch.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made multiple shivers run down my spine.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Niels J. Rasmussen 06-24-15 Member Since 2015

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    "...My Introduction To Lovecraft..."
    Any additional comments?

    As you may have gathered from the title of my review, "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" was my first exposure to any of H.P. Lovecraft's work. I am now a fan.

    This is a GREAT place to start with if you've never read any Lovecraft before. Most people gravitate towards his most popular work, "The Necronomicon", but I would definitely recommend checking this one out first. This story is a nice way to slowly get accustomed to this author's style and overall weirdness before plunging in head first into The Necronomicon.

    The narration performance on this audiobook is FANTASTIC. Phil Reynolds' voice fits Lovecraft's spookiness perfectly.

    I was really impressed with this one. Buy it if you dare!

    9.09 / 10.00

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    Luke Boyer 05-27-15
    Luke Boyer 05-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Narration"

    The narrator did quite a good job. One thing that may be noticed if you read along with the book is that some of the words are misread and the Cthulhu chants are off....but who can really pronounce them correctly. Other than this, you can tell the narrator is becoming tiresome toward the end based on the number of mistakes increasing from a couple to a few in the 5th and final section of the audiobook. I applaud his efforts at reading this book aloud.

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    Kyle Barnes 02-27-15
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    "One of Lovecrafts best..."

    If you want a grisly tail filled with atmosphere and subtly, look no further than a shadow over innsmouth. This books reputation as one of H.P. Lovecrafts most memorable tails is not unearned, and the performance of Phil Reynolds does this piece especial justice with his portrayal of the tale's fatally curious protagonist.

    if you've heard of Lovecraft through his Cthulu mythos and would like to test his works for yourself, there is no better a starting point than Innsmouth, and this reading is of especial quality for the uninitiated.

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    Jeremy R. Snyder 02-18-14

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    "A good rendition of a classic horror story"

    Mr. Reynolds does an unsurprisingly good job of delivering Lovecraft's words. What is surprising is the brilliant shift from his rich Brittish accent to the voices of the New England figures voiced in the story. I was oddly delighted in the midst of this creepy classic.

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    K. Plaisance Buffalo Gap, TX United States 06-20-11
    K. Plaisance Buffalo Gap, TX United States 06-20-11 Member Since 2015

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    "The Shadow Over Innsmouth"

    Very good book. I would have rated it 5 but I guess I have been biased over today's more graphic books of this nature. There were several instances where I got shivers while listening. Very enjoyable.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Disappointed"

    I didn't like Phil Reynolds' narration of this story at all - his attempts at an American accent were awful! Instead, you'd do better looking for Garrick Hagon's readings of the tales (recorded in the 80s), or, failing that, Wayne June's.

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