Welcome to Volume Five of one of the world's largest collections of high quality, classic horror short-story audiobooks. If you're at home, then get some logs ready and put on your most comfortable slippers, as we kick things off with Doug Bradley's well-researched introduction to the authors and stories featured in this volume.
Ambrose Bierce brings us "The Death of Halpin Frayser", an intriguing tale of a young man's increasingly spooky comings together with his mother, alive and dead.
The next story may well be Edgar Allan Poe's most famous, and it is certainly amongst his best; "The Fall of the House of Usher" is tour de force of classic horror writing brought to life as only Renegade can do it.
Following Poe's epic masterpiece is "How It Happened", a short and sweet piece from Arthur Conan Doyle about a runaway car and it's impact on the narrator's life.
Then, another great story from the imagination of Conan Doyle, "Lot No. 249". This epic story, at over 80 minutes in length, is the longest we've released so far. It is also acknowledged as the story that kicked off the malevolent mummy genre, inspiring many more stories and movies.
We round off this volume with Edgar Allan Poe's beautiful poem "For Annie", one of our favorites and a lovely, heartbreaking way to bring this volume to a close.
So throw those logs on the fire, turn off the lights and settle in to hear some of the worlds best short horror stories, read by one of the worlds best narrators... unless you're going to listen to the stories in the car, in which case please enjoy while driving safely.
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Painter, musician, bibliophile...
During the book sale, I treated myself to all 13 of these wonderful productions and I've enjoyed them so much I can't tell you. This one may be my favorite, though.
Ambrose Bierce's masterful time-twisting in "The Death of Halpin Frayser" is unforgettable. Arthur Conan Doyle's story of the mummy is excellent.
And what more can be said for "The Fall of the House of Usher?" Every time I listen to Poe, I am stunned by his musical, poetical ear for language. (Besides, I've often thought I'd end up like Roderick Usher should I go mad, still painting and surrounded by stringed instruments!)
Poe is the master who stands above all others in imagination, originality, depth, and intelligence. He always leaves more to the imagination than he explains, and leaves the reader wanting more.
While I could do with a little less Lovecraft, I'd still recommend the series to anyone with a taste for the dark, Gothic, and supernatural. Bradley's readings are outstanding, and worth listening to again and again.
If you're a fan of weird fiction / horror, you can NOT go wrong here. Doug Bradley is, in my opinion, the best possible reader for tales of this (and maybe just about any...) sort. While he doesn't change his voice very much from character to character, due to inflections, you never really have trouble knowing which character he is speaking as.
As to the stories themselves, the only one I don't care for is "For Annie", and that's a fault of me not being a fan of poetry, not the poem it's self (well, I assume).
"The Death of Halpin Frayser" is, if a tad confusing, a very freaky tale. Dark and morbid.
"The Fall of the House of Usher" is...well, The Fall of the House of Usher. Very dark and, I believe, Poe's best work.
"How It Happened" might have been frightening in it time (a very VERY long time ago), but now it's really not. While the 'action' is good, the outcome is a bit predictable, and not quite terrifying. But, that makes it no less enjoyable, and actually a nice quick 'breather' between the darker tales.
"Lot No. 249"... Ah, my favorite. After having first heard the tale here, I've collected every audio, print and digital version I could get my hands on. This is a Mummy tale as it should be. It's this story that got me interested in Arthur Conan Doyle. And although I still could care less about Mr. Holmes, Doyle's dark fiction is some of my favorite.
As a final note, the music and ambient sounds used in parts of the story telling add a LOT to the over all feeling. If I could throw a few more stars on my rating, I would.
Repeatedly! Great stories, great readings, and wonderful ATMOSPHERE
Love all of the Spinechillers volumes!
The Death of Halpin Frayser by Ambrose Bierce
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
How it Happened by Arthur Conan Doyle
Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle
For Annie by Edgar Allan Poe
"Great stories and great reader"
This series just gets better and better, since volume four Doug has given a short introduction that really adds to the stories. I also like the quiet and clear way that Doug reads and the collections come across as brilliant performances quite aside from the excellent choices of material.
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