This volume collects, for the first time, the entire Dream Cycle created by H. P. Lovecraft, the master of twentieth-century horror, including some of his most fantastic tales, such as:
Plus twenty more tales of surreal terror!
©2014 H. P. Lovecraft (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks
The Thing in the Moonlight
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
The Doom That Came to Sarnath
The Statement of Randolph Carter
The Cats of Ulthar
The Nameless City
The Other Gods
The Quest of Iranon
What the Moon Brings
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kaddath
The Silver Key
The Strange High House in the Mist
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Dreams in the Witch House
Through the Gates of the Silver Key
Enjoyable, Lovecraft, Dreamlands
The reading of the Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
All of the readings were great, especially Bronson Pinchot's EXCEPT for "High House in the Mist" read by Tom Wyner, which was absolutely awful.
If I could have, but tons of stories to listen to.
While a few of the readers take just a little or no adjustment time to get used to, Tom Wyner is just awful with his reading of High House on the Mist. I honestly fast forwarded through that after giving him about 5-10 minutes. He reads it like it's a newspaper and has no emotion nor gives any color to the reading like the others do.
The readings of the Quest of Unknown Kadath (I forget the reader) and all of Bronson Pinchot's readings (you never know who reads and can "get" Lovecraft, these days) are excellent, so basically, if you're a fan of Lovecraft's character Randolph Carter, you will enjoy every story involving him.
I gave this book 5 stars for all facets as long as you ignore High House in the Mist. Maybe find another version or just read it yourself. ;-)
(And if you have never read Lovecraft stories before, this is an interesting set of his stories to take up. I suggest Googling "Lovecraft Dreamlands" before you do, though, so all of the unusual names don't immediately distract you from the stories involved).
Lovecraft is the greatest horror writer of our, or the previous generation. His work changed horror fiction forever. The only problem is many folks have a hard time reading his verbose and archaic style of writing. This problem is gleefully solved by having the greatest tales of terror read to you buy some of the greatest reads assembled!
Well, it's not one story, it's many many tales. Not the complete works of Love craft, but I bought this because it had some of my favorites - i.e. "Dreams in the Witch house" and "The Strange High House in the Mist", The doom that came to Sarnath", The Cats of Ulthar… and the utterly amazing fantastic epic dark-fantasy tale: "The Dream quest of Unknown Kadath", plus many more seldom available stories.
Each tale has a great reader - all different, but it takes real talent to read a H. P. LOVECRAFT tale… the best may be "The Statement of Randolph Carter".
I was entertained & enthralled. The laughs came when I cross referenced each story with the story's review on the "The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast" on the net. They go over each tale and explain all the hidden meaning, and much more. Very entertaining.
Buy it and listen, and then listen to the "The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast" - it's a great combo and you'll get so much more out of these Lovecraft masterpieces than you could imagine.
A collection of short stories and novellas which sometimes hold one's attention, but often does not. People either hate or love Lovecraft and this might depend on which style of his they first read. Lovecraft when imitating Poe often does well, but when his style turns to the anachronistic and antiquarian in an effort to suggest the horror of forgotten worlds the reader gets lost. The tales of Carter's dream travels I found particularly hard to follow. When Lovecraft allows the plot to evoke terror he's great, but he is also one of those pulp writers who fall back on a series of stock adjectives and adverbs in order to insist that what we are reading should really scare us. A classic error of novice writers and as we yawn we think Lovecraft ought to know better.
Yes - I didn't like this because it is just excerpts of stories, little vignettes, short and unfinished ideas. Some are interesting to listen to, but they go nowhere. I think if you have already read every thing else by Lovecraft and still weren't sated, you should listen to this. Otherwise, wait until something else is available to listen to.
Truly gripping, I couldn't stop listening. I think they could've done more with the storytelling aspect of the book, but on the whole the narrator still a great job.
"A mixed bag"
This is a very mixed bag of Lovecraft stories and the collection itself is not well named. Not all of these stories are from Lovecraft's dream cycle and a couple don't seem Lovecraftian at all! Some of the early stories are incomplete but most are worth listening to.
I have read and listened to most of Lovecraft's stories and consider myself a fan. It's hard to pin down the appeal, I think it is the feel and antiquity of the stories. I don't know anyone else that reads Lovecraft and it always surprises me when I read how popular he is.
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is my favourite Lovecraft story in this collection.
Only after buying this book did I realist that ALL of the stories contained are also in the Necronomicon or Eldritch tales. I would suggest you buy those 2 books and skip this one.
"There is no story."
A set of unrelated bits of scribbling desperately cobbled together for purpose of making money. Magnificently written, as is all of Lovecraft's work but not a single complete story. Whatever Lovecraft had in mind for any of these he never finished. I threw it away after 15 hopeful minutes.
Yes but I would make sure I got a complete story.
Yes but pointless.
All of them.
A complete waste of your time and money!
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