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.
©2014 H.P. Lovecraft (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks
History of the Necronomicon
A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson
The Beast in the Cave
The Poe-et's Nightmare
The Picture in the House
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Psychopompos; A Tale in Rhyme
The White Ship
The Nightmare Lake
Poetry and the Gods
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
The Crawling Chaos
The Terrible Old Man
What the Moon Brings
The Horror at Martin's Beach
Hallowe'en in a Suburb
The Green Meadow
Two Black Bottles
The Last Test
The Ancient Track
The Electric Executioner
Fungi from Yuggoth
The Other Gods
The Quest of Iranon
The Challenge From Beyond
In a Sequester'd Providence Churchyard Where Once Poe Walk'd
The Evil Clergyman
The Very Old Folk
The Thing in the Moonlight
The Transition of Juan Romero
Supernatural Horror in Literature
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because of the great stories that are told within. Lovecraft can be a bit hard to get into, but if you like horror then this collection has something for everyone. Stories about monsters, dreams, quests and all manner of the macabre never make it a dull.
Given that this is a collection, it is hard to nail down exactly what the best thing about the volume is. Since I am a fan of Lovecraft, just hearing more of his work after consuming the Dreamcycle is a great privilege.
I have listened to most of the narrators from the previous Lovecraft volume called Dreams of Terror and Death. I particularly enjoyed the performances of Stephan Rudnicki and Simon Vance. They've just got that voice that conveys terror so well. Armando Duran, a newcomer in this volume, adds an interesting flair to the stories set in the western parts of the United States.
There are simply too many to count, but Joe Slatter from Beyond the Wall of Sleep always stands out to be as a tragic figure due to the mental strain he undergoes while lacking the sophistication to relay how he feels.
I have to say that I am disappointed in the inclusion of stories from Dreams of Terror and Death. I was hoping for the inclusion of works such as The Call of Cthulhu or The Dunwich Horror and hearing quite a lot of the previous volumes content was a let down. However, the inclusion of the history of the horror fiction genre towards the end was a surprisingly interesting addition, though it is ironic Lovecraft wasn't mentioned in it.
The readers voices and tones fit the tales perfectly, and really add to the atmosphere of the story. This is a great collection for anyone looking to read/listen to stories of oddities and horror.
More accurately, a miscellany of Lovecraft. Blackstone Audio had already put together two almost definitive multi-voiced collections of the master: “Necronomicon” covering his great horror tales, and “Dreams of Terror and Death” covering his dark fantasy tales. This collection is full of the stuff that most “Best of Lovecraft” anthologies leave out. Included here are the master’s less regarded horror stories, stories already performed in “Dreams” and regurgitated here for filler, his poetry, his collaborations with other authors, and his essay on the history of horror stories, “Supernatural Horror in Literature.”
I feel that the lesser regarded stories are usually lesser regarded for a reason, but I did enjoy listening to them being performed. (Favorite example: the solemn Stefan Rudnicki reading “The Temple” with a slight German accent.) I was didn’t dislike the poetry, but I wonder if that is because it was good or that I can’t tell poetry from doggerel. I enjoyed one collaboration, “The Crawling Chaos,” a superb apocalyptic vision. I hated the others. I would recommend them for the library at Guantanamo. I wouldn’t listen to them again unless a track of Mike, John, and Kevin was added. As for “Supernatural Horror in Literature,” well, look at my latest acquisitions on Library Thing. Thank you, Mr. Lovecraft, I’m sure I will enjoy them.
It's all fine and good, but some of the recordings do appear in another audio book by the same publisher. With the change of main theme, I didn't think this would happen.
Yes, if it actually had good narrators. Some of the narrators are fine in this but some are just unforgivable.
I don't have any problem with the writing, just with the narration. Necronomicon had a few lackluster narrators, but in particular in this book, some were just awful. I literally could not finish listening to The Alchemist because the narrator was putting on the most appalling half-assed french accent. I could not care less about France or french culture, but even *I* found it offensive how bad the accent was. It was just unpleasant to listen to. I want a refund.
I would like a refund, and whoever did the narration for The Alchemist should be fired, or possibly shot.
I did not really like this one. The novelty wore off.
No moments that were moving
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