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Publisher's Summary

CONTENTS: 

  1. A Suspicious Gift [Algernon Blackwood],
  2. Skeleton Lake: An Episode in Camp [Algernon Blackwood],
  3. The Wood of the Dead [Algernon Blackwood],
  4. A Baby Tramp [Ambrose Bierce],
  5. The Damned Thing [Ambrose Bierce],
  6. Dagon [H.P Lovecraft],
  7. The Horror of the Heights [Arthur Conan Doyle],
  8. The_Descendant [H.P Lovecraft],
  9. The Cats of Ulthar [H.P Lovecraft],
  10. The Evil Clergyman [H.P Lovecraft],
  11. He [H.P Lovecraft],
  12. The Book [H.P Lovecraft],
  13. In the Vault [H.P Lovecraft],
  14. Nyarlathotep [H.P Lovecraft],
  15. Death and the Woman [Gertrude Atherton],
  16. The Striding Place [Gertrude Atherton],
  17. Hop-Frog [Edgar Allan Poe],
  18. The Raven [Edgar Allan Poe],
  19. The Tell-Tale Heart [Edgar Allan Poe],
  20. Shadow [Edgar Allan Poe],
  21. The Beast in the Cave [H.P Lovecraft],
  22. The Doom That Came to Sarnath [H.P Lovecraft],
  23. The Vampire Maid [Hume Nisbet],
  24. A Tale of the Ragged Mountains [Edgar Allan Poe],
  25. The Demon Spell [Hume Nisbet],
  26. Out of the Earth [Arthur Machen],
  27. The Signal-Man [Charles Dickens],
  28. The Colloquy of Monos and Una [Edgar Allan Poe],
  29. Demons of the Sea [William Hope Hodgson],
  30. Glámir [Sabine Baring-Gould],
  31. Colonel Halifax's Ghost Story [Sabine Baring-Gould],
  32. Tales of Secret Egypt [Sax Rohmer],
  33. Some Words with a Mummy [Edgar Allan Poe],
  34. In the Dark [Edith Nesbit],
  35. The Sea Raiders [H. G. Wells],
  36. The Baron of Beauguard [Gilbert Parke],
  37. The Vampire [Jan Neruda],
  38. A Journey of Little Profit [John Buchan],
  39. The Keeper of Cademuir [John Buchan],
  40. Dickon the Devil [Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu],
  41. The Child That Went With The Fairies [Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu],
  42. Wicked Captain Walshawe, Of Wauling [Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu],
  43. Two Doctors Montague [Rhodes James],
  44. A School Story Montague [Rhodes James],
  45. The Diary of Mr. Poynter Montague[ Rhodes James],
  46. In the Forest of Villefére by [Robert Robert E. Howard],
  47. The Dream Snake [Robert E. Howard],
  48. The Thing On the Roof [Robert E. Howard],
  49. The Imp of the Perverse [Edgar Allan Poe],
  50. The Devil in the Belfry [Edgar Allan Poe].
©2019 H.P Lovecraft (P)2019 Doom Classics

What listeners say about 50 Classic Horror Short Stories 1

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ehhh....

Right for the price, the narration isn't terrible, but it lacks interest or emotion, though not unpleasant. This audio book has plenty of content. Some of these stories are genuinely interesting, but many are only so-so. I wish chapters were named, it would make revisiting the good stories easier. I have one more thing to say, in this reading of H.P Lovecraft's, Decendents, they pronounced it necro-MONIC-con and it made me a little sad, especially since 30 seconds prior they had pronounced it correctly, odd.

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Do NOT buy this if you are expecting MODERN horror

This is not a collection of modern horror stories, as some buyers are expecting (understandable considering the lurid picture the publishers chose for the cover, bordering on false advertising!) These are old classics, written more than a hundred years ago, and are for fans who like the language, pacing, and subtle, atmospheric chills found in these stories---as I do. And at this price (less than 70 cents for over 15 hours of audio), it is a must have for my collection. As in all anthologies, there will be some stories that you skip over. There is also a volume 2 in this series, also at an unbelievable price. (There are some problems with the pauses in this audio. Is a long pause a cue to tell you that a new story is beginning or is it just a pause in the story you are reading? At other times, there may be no pause between stories. This can be confusing. For the price, I can live with this.) The narration is more than adequate for this bargain selection.

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Excellent old stories using archaic words.

Difficult read for narrator, but many mispronounced words and repeated phrases. Enunciation good. So little pause between stories that it is difficult to catch the transition.

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Not great...but not terrible either

This book would have potential, however, it is very monotone...there is no excitement. The reader shows no emotion, so it is not scary at all, which is what I was looking for Halloween.

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terrible stories

most of the stories in this collection are so boring and hard to follow along with that i tent to stop even paying attention to it i would not recommend this

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  • 07-15-20

horrible!

if the stories are good I can't tell because the reader is so bad you don't want to listen.... worst book I have her on Audible. It should be banned from Audible

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The performer is not great

While the texts are good the narrator does not pause between stories. It is very difficult to tell when you have left one story after another.

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Dull

I guess I have to read this on my own. Narrator is so dull, it is hard to keep my attention. almost robotic.

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No wonder it was only $.69

Non of these stories are horrifying in any way. Pretty much all of them are entirely way too long and wordy. But, what can I expect from paying only $.69. The only plus is that it's a good way to fill blank space or to have as background noise.

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  • RazorGrrl
  • 04-02-20

Good for the price...

But unfortunately marred - badly marred - by a myriad of mispronounciations. Not only the usual 'big words ' like cyclopean or Cthulu, but fairly ordinary words like modicum (mode-ee-cam) and generous (tenee-BROS) Really annoying...
The readers sentence structuring, too, is dreadful, and sounds only marginally better than the automated 'audio' one gets when your Kindle 'reads' a non-Audible book.
Quite a s bad is the lack of even the tiniest pause between chaptets, so the title of the new chapter commencing is tacked into the end of the last sentence of the one before.
The stories themselves are a pretty good, very comprehensive collection, and you get a lot of them for under a pound, but the (dismal) quality of the narration made me wish it was a printed volume instead.

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  • 05-20-20

poor performance

The performer is unfamiliar with the pronunciation of a lot of British towns and cities (a shame, since many of the stories and writers are based in the UK). There were also many mistakes in the pronunciation of words that are fairly common in the English language, that unfortunately interrupted the flow of the story

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  • I. Churchill
  • 10-28-20

Some Good Stories With Bad Narration

I quite like traditional weird fiction and ghost stories, of which there are some good ones here but the collection is seemingly narrated by a semi-literate. I can forgive the bad pronunciation of British towns and counties, as painful on the ear as they are, but the narrator's inability to read "anecdote" as "anecdote", instead repeatedly using "antidote" is shameful. There are many occasions where words are mispronounced. This was initially quite amusing but coupled with the monotone reading and horrendous attempts at accents it all serves to grate. I appreciate this was a cheap buy but I can't believe just how bad the narration is.

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  • Mrs Micela R Phillips
  • 09-18-20

Awful!

it's just Siri, reading a book. emotionless! I couldn't get past the second story. shame because it had promise.

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  • 07-17-20

Not real horror.

I wouldn't say these are horror stories but interesting tales. With 50 stories to choose from I don't think one could be disappointed with this book of short stories. Great stuff to listen to at bed time 😴

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  • jennifer swarbrick
  • 05-05-20

Collection of old fashioned horror stories

Good value however narration was a bit sketchy and some stories were too oldly worldly.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-21-20

Don't get along with the reader

Stories fine but the somewhat monotonal delivery puts me to sleep. Very cheap so wasn't expecting much and that's what I got.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-20

Poor reader

Apparently no research done on pronunciation, with some odd and annoying results: reader should not be doing accents unless he has ability (the Irish one was the worst): not an instant’s break between a story ending and next one ( hardly know when it has happened): monotonous & repetitive speech. This could have been done so much better and Audible should stick to professionals & actors.