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 release and the whole series is new, well produced, and provides an excellent medium for those who enjoy H.P. Lovecreaft. There are a total of six albums in the series, although Audible has five on sale.
If you are a follower of Lovecraft you know how difficult it is to get solid, well recorded audio books into the library. This is the path. Their principal reader, Wayne June is quite balanced: with clarity and no strong sense of being a goul, as some other readers are.
The recordings are priced about right for non-Audible-credits payers. I doubt that one 3-hour download is worth a full credit (which can be worth a full 20 hour download for other recordings). My suggestion: Since there are an even number of books available, have a two-for one sale.
I've loved Lovecraft for a long time, but I feel like I'm experiencing it for the first time hearing it read by Wayne June. He has an incredible grasp of how to do character voices. He brings the lushness of Lovecraft's prose to life. Passages that I must admit I've found boring when read on the page become genuinely creepy when read aloud by June's cultured, insinuating rasp. I'll be listening to this one over and over.
Wayne June reads two of Lovecraft's best-executed stories in the tone of a staid man of common sense, say a business manager or a pedantic scholar, who has been brought unwillingly to believe in strange and terrible things. His approach underlines Lovecraft's strengths while covering his faults. An excellent afternoon's entertainment.
A lover of quirky stories and characters.
Two Words. One Name. Wayne June. This guy could read the phone book and make it scary.
The Climax of The Dunwhich Horror really stands out, the whole story builds and builds and the dread grows and grows. It's amazing.
Everything. Just re-read the top, that's it.
Not originally, but once Mr. June's voice started in I just could not turn it off.
For any fans of H.P. Lovecraft this entire series is a must have.
Dark, dreamy, the stuff nightmares are made of.
Lovecraft is classic horror with rich American heritage flavor. Visit a town so far off any normal path the natives are already frightening, even before darker visitors move it. And chase the dreams of a list of madmen to discover a secret so dark it can't be mentioned.
A host of modern-day horror talents tip their hats to this brilliant original master.
Want to add a chilling challenge to your delight? Listen with the lights off.
Classic done right.
Dunwich horror just sums up how awesome this whole thing is. Great story with a truly talented actor reading it. His voice add an element of creepy and dread but also emotion and flow that makes a good story great. This is how it was meant to be done.
Creepy and involved with a scene of ruptured dread that makes the whole experience fun.
If you like dark stories, Lovecraft, good story telling, or just a dam good performance by a talented reader, get this one.
Lovecraft is best read yourself in quiet house on a winter night, but listening to Wayne June is a close second. Great performance.
Two of Lovecraft's best known classic stories are given a horrific, terrifying life in this reading. While I feel the exquisite disquiet that Lovecraft's best works cause are best felt from reading the stories oneself, Wayne June does an amazing job with these stories. I look forward to getting the rest of the collection!
I confess that I am new to audiobooks, and this was my first purchase from audible.com. I'm a long-time fan of HPL, reading not only his fiction and essays, but also delving into HPL's letters, in-depth biographies, and literary criticism.
LISTENING to Lovecraft is quite a different experience than READING Lovecraft. I found myself much more immersed in the prose style and word usage than ever before. I was not overly fond of "The Dunwich Horror" prior to hearing it read by Wayne June. He has an excellent voice for Lovecraft - firm and gravelly, with just a hint of being "wound too tight." I look forward to purchasing more from him in the future.
I wouldn't call these horror on the modern expectations. But they remain unearthly enough to push goosebumps through even the sternnist of skin.
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