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The Horror at Red Hook Audiobook

The Horror at Red Hook

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Not many weeks ago, on a street corner in the village of Pascoag, Rhode Island, a tall, heavily built, and wholesome-looking pedestrian furnished much speculation by a singular lapse of behaviour. He had, it appears, been descending the hill by the road from Chepachet; and encountering the compact section, had turned to his left into the main thoroughfare where several modest business blocks convey a touch of the urban. At this point, without visible provocation, he committed his astonishing lapse; staring queerly for a second at the tallest of the buildings before him, and then, with a series of terrified, hysterical shrieks, breaking into a frantic run which ended in a stumble and fall at the next crossing. Picked up and dusted off by ready hands, he was found to be conscious, organically unhurt, and evidently cured of his sudden nervous attack. He muttered some shamefaced explanations involving a strain he had undergone, and with downcast glance turned back up the Chepachet road, trudging out of sight without once looking behind him. It was a strange incident to befall so large, robust, normal-featured, and capable-looking a man, and the strangeness was not lessened by the remarks of a bystander who had recognized him as the boarder of a well-known dairyman on the outskirts of Chepachet.

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    Amazon Customer 06-30-17
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    "If There Was a Cthulhu-face Emoji, I'd use it Here"

    I'll spare my thoughts on Lovecraft's xenophobia, but it really is a great story. It captures what I've always loved about Lovecraft - that it leaves enough to the imagination that you fill in terrible and horrifying things on your own, which makes the story that much better. There's enough mystery to his writing that your own visceral fear of the unknown fills in the rest.

    The narrator was also quite good. He's improved a lot since I last listened to him - his delivery kind of reminds me of Youtuber Rob Dyke. He approached it with an intensity that I thought really fit the lurking terror of the story. The audio itself sounds fuzzy, but I'm pretty sure that's on my end, some issue with the download or file conversion (I'm informed by Audible Customer Service that it is not normal).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Erika 07-22-17
    Erika 07-22-17

    Budding audiobook enthusiast!

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    "Vivid and thrilling!"

    This is a really short story about a lonely and peculiar man known for dabbling in witchcraft and a police officer who witnesses something beyond imagination. The story is intense and filled with vivid imagery.

    This is the first HP Lovecraft book I've listened to or read and I enjoyed it. The narrator, Austin Vanfleet is good and builds the intensity of the story with his voice and fluctuations.


    I received this book free for an honest review.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. MCRACKAN Raleigh, NC 07-20-17
    R. MCRACKAN Raleigh, NC 07-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not my favorite by this author or by this narrator"
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    Author: I know that one must overlook Lovecraft's ugly biases to enjoy him in general but (1) it's distractingly bad here (2) there are other issues with the story as well. The Horror at Red Hook rambles and meanders through an urban landscape that doesn't play to enough of Lovecraft's strengths. I won't say it's his worst story but it is probably among them. The story is saved somewhat by its climax which is why I'm giving 2 stars for story instead of 1.

    Narrator: I heard Austin Vanfleet one other time with his reading of Dickens' The Chimes. I preferred him in that. The reading here is more dull. I'm sure this is in large part due to the source material, but it's also a flat reading that I couldn't get into. I will give him kudos for picking this lesser known Lovecraft story. It was brave to not go for a safe famous story like The Call of Cthulu, Shadow Over Innsmouth, At The Mountains of Madness, or Dagon. I wish more narrators would follow his lead.

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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    Kingsley Henely Brook, Australia 07-20-17
    Kingsley Henely Brook, Australia 07-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good idea, middling execution"

    I had a hit and miss relationship with Lovecraft stories. I find he has good ideas (sometimes great ideas) but the execution is usually lacking.This story continues that pattern. The ideas are good, the structure - with a current open before going back to tell the main story - is good for tension, but the writing, the characters etc just aren't engaging.

    "The horror at Red Hook" is about a Brooklyn cop, Detective Malone, who experienced a horrific event and is now suffering from PTSD. It opens with an explanation of his PTSD and his induced phobias, before going back and telling how it came about.Malone investigates missing persons cases and a person of interest in a shabby recluse Robert Suydam. The investigation leads to cults, bodies with strange claws marks and ultimately otherworldly creatures.

    The first half of the story, before the mystery breaks, is better than the second half. Lovecraft works to build tension, using the flashback opening and a general fear of the unknown and otherness (although the book does give a xenophobic, sometimes racist, approach to the story). Once the mystery starts to break and the horror aspect takes over it goes more to Lovecraftian horror of blood and tentacles and strange creatures. It was likely horrific in 1920's when it was written but it feels flat now.

    Lovecraft has written the whole thing to sound somewhat life an after-the-fact report, so there is no insight into characters, no dialogue and ultimately very little room for a narrator to inject variation into the work. The style makes the stories less engaging.

    Narration by Austin Vanfleet is good. As good as you could expect when given so little to work with. I find Lovecraft to have long, convoluted sentences throughout his writing yet Vanfleet is able to make it easy to follow. He is well paced, clear and enjoyable to listen to.

    I enjoyed Vanfleet's work and would be interesting in seeing what he can do when given more to play with in terms of variation and character.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 07-25-17
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 07-25-17 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "Classic Lovecraft"

    I won't give away much of the plot, but this story is classic Lovecraft. It can take a bit to get used to the writing style (as the type of English used isn't contemporary), but once in, it flows fairly well.

    This story fits right in with the other types of stories from Lovecraft and those who followed in his steps. If you like works by Peter Clines, this should be enjoyable.

    There was no dialog (as the story was generally told third person, as if around a campfire), but the narrator still did a swell job.

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    Montzalee Wittmann Missouri, USA 07-19-17
    Montzalee Wittmann Missouri, USA 07-19-17 Member Since 2017

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    "a creepy old story from the master"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did.


    Any additional comments?

    The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft is an audio book I requested and the review is voluntary. I did like the story, not as much as I did when I was a teen. I am sure this was terrifying in the late 1920's when it was first published. It was creepy now, I can't imagine then when they weren't shown realistic horror movies and shows daily like we are. I thought the narration was very good and added to the story. I forgot to add that in to my initial rating so I will add that now since this is a rating for the overall book. It is funny how the tastes change as you grown older. As a teen I craved all things Lovecraft, maybe that is why I am so warped! LOL

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