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HorrorBabble's Ultimate Weird Tales Collection, Volume II

Narrated by: Ian Gordon
Length: 22 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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This collection comprises another 40 stories by and inspired by the originators of weird fiction.

From White's seminal body-shocker, Lukundoo, through to Howard's dastardly Pigeons from Hell, and Benson's nightmarish The Room in The Tower. Time immemorial; worlds unimaginable.

Contents:

  1. Lukundoo (E. L. White)
  2. Sredni Vashtar (Saki)
  3. The Oval Portrait (E. A. Poe)
  4. The Vampire Maid (H. Nisbet)
  5. The People of the Pit (A. Merritt)
  6. The Red God Laughed (T. McClusky)
  7. The Shining Pyramid (A. Machen)
  8. The Shunned House (H. P. Lovecraft)
  9. The Horror in the Museum (H. P. Lovecraft)
  10. Beyond the Wall of Sleep (H. P. Lovecraft)
  11. The Hounds of Tindalos (F. B. Long)
  12. The Red One (J. London)
  13. I, the Vampire (H. Kuttner)
  14. The Shattered Timbrel (W. J. Knapp)
  15. The Wailing Well (M. R. James)
  16. A School Story (M. R. James)
  17. The Haunted Dolls' House (M. R. James)
  18. Pigeons from Hell (R. E. Howard)
  19. Dig Me No Grave (R. E. Howard)
  20. The Black Stone (R. E. Howard)
  21. The Whistling Room (W. H. Hodgson)
  22. The House Among the Laurels (W. H. Hodgson)
  23. Demons of the Sea (W. H. Hodgson)
  24. Old Rambling House (F. Herbert)
  25. They've Got a Killer View (I. Gordon)
  26. Pieter Craft - Model Citizen (I. Gordon)
  27. The Day They All Forgot (I. Gordon)
  28. The Horror of the Heights (A. C. Doyle)
  29. The Eyes Have It (Dick)
  30. The Screaming Skull (F. M. Crawford)
  31. The White Villa (R. A. Cram)
  32. The Ocean Ogre (D. Carroll)
  33. The Shadow from the Steeple (R. Bloch)
  34. The Night They Crashed the Party (R. Bloch)
  35. Catnip (R. Bloch)
  36. Skeleton Lake: An Episode in Camp (A. Blackwood)
  37. The Dance of Death (A. Blackwood)
  38. A Case of Eavesdropping (A. Blackwood)
  39. The Death of Halpin Frayser (A. Bierce)
  40. The Room in the Tower (E. F. Benson)
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A Buffet of Creepy Weirdness

HorrorBabble's second collection of Ultimate Weird Tales is every bit as enjoyable as Volume I. The great advantage here is that you can pick and choose which stories you like best and not feel cheated for skipping the ones you don't. HorrorBabble has done us the benefit of, mostly, keeping each story to a single chapter so that it's never particularly difficult to find the story you want from the contents in the summary of the audiobook. If you've listened to a few story collections, you'll know how frustrating it can be when a publisher runs the stories together and puts the chapter breaks all willy-nilly. It seems a small benefit, but it's a big deal and I'm grateful HorrorBabble puts in the extra work. It means you can jump over chapters to get past a story that isn't your favorite -- and rest assured, there will be stories in a collection of this size that just aren't your cup of tea -- and get on to the ones you love.

Now, let's talk about the stories. HorrorBabble has done quite a job of building a large but interesting selection. You will, of course, find Lovecraft and Howard and Doyle, but also lesser-known works by William Hope Hodgson and Abraham Merritt. As well, when the collection touches such luminaries as M.R. James, you will find yourself listening to a story you might not have heard before, such as "The Haunted Dolls' House" or Robert Bloch's "The Night they Crashed the Party".

Finally, let us turn to the matter of the narrator. Ian Gordon is terrific. His narration is perfectly-suited for these kinds of horror stories -- atmospheric, tinged with fright and apprehension, and very British indeed. That's not to say he can't handle strong emotion or throw a great fight into you. Oh, he certainly can and does! You will find a couple additional treats in the collection from Mr. Gordon in the form of three of his own stories, which are most definitely at home among the rest.

In short, buy this collection. Listen to the stories you like and skip over the ones you don't. You will get excellent value and a whole bunch of great stories, performed very well.

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Another terrific collection from Horrorbabble

Horrorbabble has done it again. These stories are every bit as good as those in the first volume. This collection of 40 stories will carry you to an eclectic group of locations around the world with a variety of subjects and storylines. They are written by a "Who's Who" list of authors sure to please everyone. Some of the more popular authors included are Saki, Poe, Bierce, Benson, Lovecraft, James, Blackwood, and Nisbet. Many of these stories I had read before, there were a few I had not, but that were still very enjoyable. I love the way this audiobook is presented as most chapters are one chapter in length which makes it much easier for me to navigate. Ian Gordon is the perfect narrator for stories of this type. His readings hold your attention and are a delight to listen to. I highly recommend the purchase of this collection, and if you are new to Horrorbabble I strongly suggest you give them a try. I'm glad I discovered them.

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Once more unto the weird dear friends

HorrorBabble did it again! Ian and Jen have delivered another healthy helping of the weird in this second collection of tales. Among the usual suspects like Blackwood, Hodgson, James and Lovecraft we get a wonderful assortment of other authors and lesser known works that really make this collection, like it's predecessor, shine that uncanny light that those of us with tastes for this kind of literature embrace and let wash over us.

Ian's discretion in the tales he chooses and his ability in reading are the keys to the collections being so magical. Tales from Lovecraft's friends like Howard's “The Black Stone” and Long's extraordinary “The Hounds of Tindalos” are standout tales from the expanded Cthulhu mythos. We get a few gems from Lovecraft's protégé Robert Bloch as well. Ian includes some more modern tales including a dystopian story from Frank Herbert and a humorous dip into the paranoia that you'd expect PKD to conjure up.

Another great collection from HorrorBabble that brings out the Great Old Ones as well as more obscure but equally wonderful tales of the weird, including a few more contributions from Ian himself. This assortment of tales has something for everyone and the reading makes the tales all the more enjoyable. Bravo!!

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A worthy addition!

Horrorbabble's Ultimate Weird Tales Volume II takes the reader into odd jungles, colonial outposts, hunting adventures, and the edge of insanity. A great mix of pulp and genre classics, this volume leaves me excited about what the next will look like. It is great to see these canonical and all-but-lost stories brought to life with Ian's fantastic narrative style.