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Considered to the be one of most influential American authors, Howard Philip Lovecraft is synonymous with some of the best fantasy and horror fiction of the 20th century, second only to Edgar Allan Poe.

Innsmouth is a dilapidated seaside town with secrets as a hybrid race of half-human and half-amphibian creatures worship the gods of Cthulhu and Dagon…. Written in 1931, and published by the Visionary Publishing Company some five years later.

”It’s a genre blessed with many great stylists, H. P.Lovecraft’s baroque imagination and outrageous use of language still manages to stand head and shoulders above the rest. A timeless master of the macabre and the true connoisseur of dread.” (Michael Marshall-Smith)

©2009 Fantom Films (P)2009 Fantom Films

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  • Mark
  • Alice Springs, Australia
  • 01-18-12

Probably Lovecraft's best book

Would you listen to The Shadow over Innsmouth again? Why?

I have listened to 'Shadow' three times now since downloading it just a few months back- yes, its that good!
This is easily Lovecraft's best book, and the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing it to life.
Anyone who has ever spent time in a remote community where they have felt uneasy and unwelcome will certainly recognise the mood of the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow over Innsmouth?

The best moment in the book is the twist in the tale and I don't want to be a spoiler!

What does Phil Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator delivers the prose with such skill and poise you are just carried along with him. His accent skills when needed are top-knotch.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made multiple shivers run down my spine.

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Great Rendition of Lovecraft's Story

Phil Reynolds did a very nice job on this story. Lovecraft can be hard to read at times, but Reynolds did very well with it. I had already read the story a few years ago, but wanted to experience it again. I'm picky about my narrators, but enjoyed this edition.

It's a great story, and definitely shows Lovecraft at the top of his form. If you have the time, I'd recommend starting with his earlier works and working through them. He is somewhat of an acquired taste.

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Not the best narrator

I love H.P. Lovecraft and The Shadow Over Innsmouth is one of his best stories. Unfortunately, this recording's narrator does not convey much if any feeling whatsoever in his recitation of the narrative, making it very dry, matter-of-fact-and dull.

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I'a Dagon!

A fantastic reading of a bone-chilling classic. If you're at all curious about what lies in the deep, I'd highly recommend this.

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One of Lovecrafts best...

If you want a grisly tail filled with atmosphere and subtly, look no further than a shadow over innsmouth. This books reputation as one of H.P. Lovecrafts most memorable tails is not unearned, and the performance of Phil Reynolds does this piece especial justice with his portrayal of the tale's fatally curious protagonist.

if you've heard of Lovecraft through his Cthulu mythos and would like to test his works for yourself, there is no better a starting point than Innsmouth, and this reading is of especial quality for the uninitiated.

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good classic.

the performance is good, it is always tricky to read those made up words like cthulu. it's a scary story and he delivers it well!

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A nice introduction to Lovecraft.

It was a nice introduction to Lovecraft, but it might be better read, rather than listened to.

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A must read in this day of jumpscare horror

After years of being a horror fan I finally got around to reading it so worth it. Lovecraft is of course an expert at creating a tone for all of his stories that no movie can replicate. After watching the movie adaptation and listening to the wonderful work of the narrator I would say I'm hooked.

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Narrator is an odd choice, dry

This just didn't grab me. I like other Lovecraft. As this is one of his best known works, it should have taken hold more, but it didn't. Typically when this happens, the narration is the only thing to blame. But it can be hard to pinpoint why it didn't work.

There's little sense of the kind of horrific urgency that I think you need when reading Lovecraft. The accents are at times bizarre. Howard Phillips's dialog is admittedly not that great, and there's a bunch of it in this book. When read with the odd accents, it's just weird. The final strike: I've lived in Massachusetts my whole life, and I feel pretty confident saying that it's INNS-muth, not Inns-MOUTH.

All in all: meh.

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How I love Lovecraft)

One of the best HP Lovecraft stories - an absolute must-read! Perfect for a lonely foggy night. The notation is superb too. 10/10

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  • sarahl
  • 04-07-18

truly brilliant

I had never read a HP Lovecraft book and was pleasantly surprised now I want to read more of his work
The narrator was also fantastic with change of accents and tones

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  • SnapWriter
  • 06-16-16

An EXCELLENT edition

Phil Reynolds does a great job of the New England accents, his tone is just right, and the story, of course, is portentous from the beginning. One of the original 'Mysterious Little Town' stories. Definitely one for the best horror stories ever written list, which has inspired everyone from Dean Koontz (see 'Midnight') and Stephen King, to the late, great James Herbert.

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  • Barbara
  • 02-03-11

Disappointed

I didn't like Phil Reynolds' narration of this story at all - his attempts at an American accent were awful! Instead, you'd do better looking for Garrick Hagon's readings of the tales (recorded in the 80s), or, failing that, Wayne June's.

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