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Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre | [H. P. Lovecraft]

Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre

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." athering 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."
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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

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    Maliboo Los Angeles, CA 10-29-14
    Maliboo Los Angeles, CA 10-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Audiobook Contents"

    History of the Necronomicon
    The Alchemist
    A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson
    The Beast in the Cave
    The Poe-et's Nightmare
    Memory
    Despair
    The Picture in the House
    Beyond the Wall of Sleep
    Psychopompos; A Tale in Rhyme
    The White Ship
    The House
    The Nightmare Lake
    Poetry and the Gods
    Nyarlathotep
    Polaris
    The Street
    Ex Oblivione
    Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
    The Crawling Chaos
    The Terrible Old Man
    The Tree
    The Tomb
    Celephais
    Hypnos
    What the Moon Brings
    The Horror at Martin's Beach
    The Festival
    The Temple
    Hallowe'en in a Suburb
    The Moon-Bog
    He
    Festival
    The Green Meadow
    Nathicana
    Two Black Bottles
    The Last Test
    The Wood
    The Ancient Track
    The Electric Executioner
    Fungi from Yuggoth
    The Trap
    The Other Gods
    The Quest of Iranon
    The Challenge From Beyond
    In a Sequester'd Providence Churchyard Where Once Poe Walk'd
    Ibid
    Azathoth
    The Descendant
    The Book
    The Messenger
    The Evil Clergyman
    The Very Old Folk
    The Thing in the Moonlight
    The Transition of Juan Romero
    Supernatural Horror in Literature

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler Hodges 08-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "An Excellent, If Repeated, Performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of various narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of Eldritch Tales and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peter D. Sheehan 12-17-14
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    "Awful, awful narration"
    Would you try another book from H. P. Lovecraft and/or various narrators?

    Yes, if it actually had good narrators. Some of the narrators are fine in this but some are just unforgivable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/a


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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Eldritch Tales?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like a refund, and whoever did the narration for The Alchemist should be fired, or possibly shot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Michigan, USA 06-27-14
    Amazon Customer Michigan, USA 06-27-14 Member Since 2006
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    "it is an enjoyable listen.. but after two lovecraf"
    What did you love best about Eldritch Tales?

    I did not really like this one. The novelty wore off.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    multiple narrators


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    same above


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No moments that were moving


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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