The Rats in the Walls
After its complete restoration, the narrator of this tale moves into his ancestral family home. Soon afterward, however, he begins to hear noises in the walls. Suspecting rats, he sets out traps but finds these vermin are not the kind so easily dispatched. One of the all-time creepiest of Lovecraft's tales.
The Shunned House
In the city of Providence stands an antique home of which everyone whispers. Never called "haunted" exactly, it is known as a place "unlucky", one in which people have supposedly died in alarmingly great numbers. This is what Lovecraft's narrator tells us, just before he and his uncle begin a series of investigations into the old place, a place with a terrible odor, one that is stronger in the basement than any place else.
The Music Of Eric Zann
In the city of Lights, an impoverished student hears incredible music coming from peaked garret overhead. He knows little of the violin, but is certain from the fantastic pieces he hears night after night that he is in the presence of a highly original genius. But, it isn't long before he finds himself wondering, why does Zann only play at night? And why every night?
Brought to life again by the incomparable Wayne June come horrors from the mind of the Master himself, in the way that only he can.
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"Narrator Wayne June's voice will give you the absolute lurking creeps." (SFFAudio.com)
As a lifelong Lovecraft fan, I am incredibly grateful that Audible has provided "The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft” series. I feel Wayne June’s voice and characterization lend themselves perfectly to Lovecraft’s writings in the previous volumes, and the same holds true for Volume 4. Perhaps we can hope for an audio version of Lovecraft’s personal correspondences with Robert E. Howard or August Derleth?
However, I do have one complaint. In this audio version of “The Rats in the Walls” the name of the narrator’s cat is given as “Black-Man” yet in the original text it’s name is “Nigger-Man.” This may seem like a small point, but I feel it detracts from the story as a whole. I am aware that this action may have been taken by Audio Realms in deference to some listeners’ delicate modern sensibilities, but that is no reason to tinker with the text. We must remember that Lovecraft was writing in a different era than our own and what he wrote was considered more socially acceptable. If one changes the name of the cat in this story because it has become socially unacceptable, what are we to make of the blatantly racial overtones of such stories as “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” “The Dunwich Horror” and “The Horror at Red Hook”?
Except for this flaw, it’s ultimately a delightful series. I highly recommend the series to any reader, whether they are new to Lovecraft’s work or long-time fans, and I eagerly await any future offerings.
Up to you if you like this stuff or not. It is marvelously stirred to create a creepy atmosphere but Lovecraft's classicism and xenophobia can be hard to take. Wayne June does a fantastic job with the material. Perfect voice and tone.
I have listened to many many HP Lovecraft works on Audible, and have been surprised at narrators' mispronunciations of what I consider to be common words. This narrator is excellent, and his voice and emoting allows you to be drawn very much into the story. Highly recommend.
I'm just a crazy old man, what the heck do you care what I think anyways?
Well, when I read these stories as a teenager they changed my life. Really, I had no idea books could take you to such dark horrific places. So there will always be a magic in the printed book. But this is a very good reading, and a great listen.
This is the genius of H.P. Lovecraft in full bloom. Horror that changed all horrror fiction afterwards.
Wonderfull, deep, well paced reading. Excellent.
EESH! Not sure if anyone in any of these three great stories are someone I would want to meet in the real world...
No, just different. Your comparing apples to oranges
Sure. I have 3 other down loads
Nothing was stellar
Creepy in an old fashion way.
"I expected more."
I have heard so much about the surreal horror of HP Lovecraft, and I wasn't entirely disappointed by this book, but neither was I blown away. There are good parts that will truly freak you out, but they are padded out too much to sustain the sense of dread.
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