This triumphant final volume of Spinechillers begins with Doug Bradley's personal guide to the writers and the history of the stories. M. R. James' classic "Number 13" starts off this volume with a mystery about a disappearing and reappearing hotel room, can you guess the room number? Story two is the tale of a cat that can not only talk, but spills secrets that should have been truly left behind. Next, we present one of the most famous stories by H. P. Lovecraft, "The Call of Cthulhu".
Doug transports you into Lovecraft's world of indescribable horror, accompanied by Alistair Lock's outstanding orchestral score. Edgar Allan Poe's well-known allegory on our mortality, "The Masque of the Red Death", follows. Then Jeffrey Combs reads the concluding part of Lovecraft's Herbert West: Reanimator series, "The Tomb Legions". Finishing up Volume 13 is Poe's 1843-penned poem "The Conqueror Worm".
His passion and appreciation for the material is evident. Listening to him read these classics can make you feel that we’ve lost something, there are only pale imitations of this quality today and yet many of these authors were contemporaries or near contemporaries. Something is happening to language, it’s being reduced. What these authors are able to convey in words and immediacy is lost in the kitschy and often plastic Norman Rockwell characters of Stephen King for instance. Doug brings these narratives and the feel of the period they were written to life.
I have every volume in this sensational series. Doug Bradley is an excellent narrator. These beautifully written stories are Made even more brilliant by the fantastic accompanying music and sound effects. For any fan of classic horror I strongly recommend that you purchase every volume of the series
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One aspect of the Spinechillers series I appreciate is the introductions. They give background and context to the stories and their authors.
They also have quality sound effects and music which enhance rather than detract from the narrative.
1) Number 13 - Written by M.R. James, Read by Doug Bradley
2) Tobamory - Written by Saki (H.H. Munro), Read by Doug Bradley
3) The Call of Cthulhu - Written by H.P. Lovecraft, Read by Doug Bradley
4) The Masque of the Red Death - Written by E.A. Poe, Read by Doug Bradley.
5) Herbert West: Reanimator (Part V of V) Read by Jeffrey Combs
I enjoyed stories 1 and 3, both for the stories themselves and the narration.
I wasn't much impressed with story 2 and I found stories 4 & 5 too unpleasant but Both Doug Bradley and Jeffrey Combs are excellent narrators.
Thank you to Doug Bradley and everyone involved with this series. A fantastic collection of stories. I have now listened to all 13 volumes which got me through some very boring housework and ironing. I enjoyed them so much I'm going to start from the beginning again.