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Publisher's Summary

Fifty terrifying short stories from the great classic horror writers:

  • 1. 'Pigeons from Hell' by Robert E. Howard
  • 2. 'Pickman’s Model' by H. P. Lovecraft
  • 3. 'The Horror Horn' by E. F. Benson
  • 4. 'The Fearsome Touch of Death' by Robert E. Howard
  • 5. 'The Terrible Old Man' by H. P. Lovecraft
  • 6. 'The Step' by E. F. Benson
  • 7. 'Dagon' by H. P. Lovecraft
  • 8. 'The Dream Snake' by Robert E. Howard
  • 9. 'Caterpillars' by E. F. Benson
  • 10. 'The Clock' by W. F. Harvey
  • 11. 'In the Forest of Villefore' by Robert E. Howard
  • 12. 'The Book' by H. P. Lovecraft
  • 13. 'Memory' by H. P. Lovecraft
  • 14. 'The Thing on the Roof' by Robert E. Howard
  • 15. 'The Face' by E. F. Benson
  • 16. 'The Cats of Ulthar' by H. P. Lovecraft
  • 17. 'The Cask of Amontillado' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 18. 'Nyarlathotep' by H. P. Lovecraft
  • 19. 'The Beast in the Cave' by H. P. Lovecraft
  • 20. 'Rattle of Bones' by Robert E. Howard
  • 21. 'The Man Who Hated Aspidistras' by W. F. Harvey
  • 22. 'The Tell-tale Heart' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • 23. 'The Beast with Five Fingers' by W. F. Harvey
  • 24. 'Cool Air' by H. P. Lovecraft
  • 25. 'The Thing in the Hall' by E. F. Benson
  • 26. 'Sea Curse' by Robert E. Howard
  • 27. 'The Bath Chair' by E. F. Benson
  • 28. 'The Right Hand of Doom' by Robert E. Howard
  • 29. 'The Bus Conductor' by E. F. Benson
  • 30. 'From Beyond' by H. P. Lovecraft

And 20 more terrifying tales….< /p>

Public Domain (P)2015 Red Door Audiobooks

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CAREFUL WHICH COLLECTION YOU PICK....

The production company obviously had Ms. Dobson read as many Victorian and Edwardian short stories as possible. She probably did most of these recording sessions 10 years ago.

** Since then, each recorded story is being used repeatedly, spread out across multiple collections of audiobooks such as this one . **

Therefore, be careful which one you pick. I have several of the earlier audiobooks. Frankly, it's insulting: the repetition of the same recordings, all used to "pad" the majority of what you will find here, and in the many collections read by Ms. Dobson. ( I wonder if she actually owns the production content herself.... If so, I'm in the wrong business! )

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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terrible narrative

same woman same voice 20 hours. very monotone and boring. wish I could get credit back

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Great stories/awful narrator

The stories were good, many were actually great. But the narrator? Please do yourself a favor and listen to a preview. Hear that? That is not the narrator affecting her voice for key moments in the story. That is her constant cadence. It never changes. Never.

Wish I could leave 0 stars.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • LNI S.
  • Millington, NJ, US
  • 11-07-15

Awesome stories destroyed by HORRIBLE narration

What disappointed you about Tales of Horror and Suspense?

The Narrator sounded like the stand-in for Esmerelda on Bewitched, or some self indulgent acting teacher from the 20s. Actually painful to listen to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Couldn't say, the narration kept yanking me out of the stories

Would you be willing to try another one of Cathy Dobson’s performances?

Yes right after I sign up for a mugging

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Regret for purchasing it

Any additional comments?

My own fault. I must remember to listen to samples before buying. In the hands of another narrator this could have been a great collection

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Reader is horrible!

The reader is horrible, I can't stand the British accent and the stories are really bad too so you should look at the ratings first. it didn't get such a low score by accident. This is just a waist of time and money.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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HORRIBLE!!!!!

I wish I could return this book but I took too long to listen and now it's too late 😩

This is the ABSOLUTE WORST audible performance I've ever witnessed. The horrible up and down volume instead of shifting voices....it's just noise.

I'm hoping I don't have anymore texts performed by this narrator.

Can't speak to the story because I wasn't able to listen to it because of the performance.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narration.

The stories were... good? I think. I could not get passed the narrator. The senseless addition of inflection and drawn-out syllables made it nearly impossible to listen to. I would love to see this collection done again with a different narrator.

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  • anthony mcsweeney
  • 10-06-15

Very bad narratiooooonnnnnnn

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Can audio books be patched like software? Seriously, who choose this narrator? I don't know if the stories are any good because she takes me out of it so much I couldn't finish. I seriously recommend avoiding this and use your credits on something else.

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

Not from this narrator.

How could the performance have been better?

By using a different narrator.

What character would you cut from Tales of Horror and Suspense?

I don't know, I couldn't stand listening to the narrator after 10 minutes so I gave up listening.

Any additional comments?

Never use this person again...I don't know what she's like as a human being, she could be the nicest person in the world but she seriously needs to find a new line of work

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  • K Turnock
  • 04-21-17

Great old tales

But the narrator is terrible and annoying! I couldn't force myself to listen to her voice so had to buy alternative book with a decent narrator.

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  • Mitchell
  • 08-29-16

Terrible performence

Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by Cathy Dobson?

Written by the same authors, sure, I bought it because of the authors. I would not listen to a book of the same genre at least narrated by Cathy Dobson. Her pacing was terrible and threw me off listening to the full audiobook before managing to make it through the first short story. Her perfermonce was jittery at best, it would better suit a lymmerick for the jilting pattern she adopts.

Would you recommend Tales of Horror and Suspense to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend they try the same book, but not narrated by Cathy Dobson for reasons I stated before

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Cathy Dobson?

I don't know many narratters, let alone of the eerie/creepy style of story you'd expect from authors like Lovecraft and Poe. Someone with a steadier, more commanding voice and performence.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I love the authers I know of the list, and have enjoyed their work. I'm sure there are great stories to experience here, but I just couldn't get through them, and they would have been ruined for me if I tried pressing myself through.

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't recommend purchasing this audiobook to anyone.

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