Hailed by literary critics as the inventor of modern-day horror, H. P. Lovecraft is the cultivating force behind such modern writers as Robert Bloch, Wes Craven and Stephen King. The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume One is a collection of his best-known tales narrated for the first time by Wayne June and includes both "The Dunwich Horror" (published in the summer of 1926) and "The Call of Cthulhu" (published in the summer of 1928).
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"Wayne June... his deep raspy voice is used to good effect for all the narration." (SFFAudio.com)
This was actually my first direct consumption of Lovercraft's work but I have been aware of his work through the plethora works (films, games, books, etc) that have been inspired and influenced by him. And I have to think that he has been spoiled for me by all of those other works, nothing was as disturbing or surprising as it really should have been, as I had a clear image of "Lovecraftian" cosmic horror in my head, and I couldn't let my imagination really work with Lovecraft's prose to disturb me. That is not to say I didn't enjoy the two stories, just not as much as I was hoping.
It should be noted that the "dated" in the title refers to Lovecraft's 'of the times' way of thinking in terms of race relations (every person of mixed race in the stories was under the evil influence) Even for the 1920s it seemed a bit much.
Wayne June as the narrator was excellent, and the main reason I bought this audio book, I first learned of him from the computer game "Darkest Dungeon" (another Lovecraft inspired product) and I adored his voice and delivery, and I am very happy to see that his performance here was of the same quality. I will most likely make my way through the whole series on account of Mr. June.
The only aspect of this audiobook that is not stellar, are the sometimes odd edits which can break your immersion and pull you out of the incredible world in which you find yourself transported into.
This is a must buy!
If you enjoy Lovecraft already, or you would like an excellent introduction to his work, this title is an excellent choice. Wayne June delivers these stories with a tone sensitivity to the material that makes listening an involving experience.
Wayne June is an amazing narrator, and the two stories are captivating and I find my self craving to dive deeper into the world of H. P. Lovecraft.
the language is hard to follow at times for a non native English speaker. but the vivid detail I'm which the writer has written the stories help to paint a vivid picture of the world and characters. a good start into the works of Lovecraft.
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