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The hills of Western Massachusetts contain dark and terrible secrets. Strange families keep to themselves and practice rites of ancient and unspeakable black magic. These dreadful and unholy rituals give birth to a monstrosity beyond imagination, a monstrosity that threatens mankind itself! Can a brave handful of intrepid scholars hope to confront the otherwordly destruction of “The Dunwich Horror”? 

H.P. Lovecraft's classic tale is dramatized and brought to life in the style of a 1930s radio drama, complete with a large cast of actors, original music, and thrilling sound effects.

Public Domain (P)2008 HPLHS, Inc.

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Dark Adventure's best, imo

I consider Dark Adventure Radio Theater's top 3 to be this, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and The Shadow over Innsmouth, with this one being at the top of the heap (I own all of their stuff). The thing I love about this one (and to a lesser extent, Dexter Ward), is it's sense of humor. The chatter of the townspeople is especially good, along with Wilbur Whately sticking out like a hilarious sore thumb in the town (and everywhere else he goes). If you're on the fence about purchasing any of the Dark Adventure stuff, I can pretty much guarantee you'll enjoy this one.

By the way, it used to be the only way to get these was directly through Lovecraft Society's website, and they were spendy. This stuff being on audible is just a steal. Actually, it really does sort of feel dirty. They deserve more for these quality productions.

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Awesome Adaptation

This was a ton of fun with the acting and music quite reminiscent of the Creature Features of the 1950's. Professor Armitage sounds suitably academic; Wilbur Whatley appropriately booming and weird; the Dunwich yokels terrified amusedly out of their wits; and the Horror itself is awesomely squishy. I can't wait to investigate other Lovecraft "radio dramas" done by this group.

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A Great Adaptation by the HPLHS

I think this would be a nice way of getting people into Lovecraft. Bit easier to understand for some than how Lovecraft writes.

Love the Radio Drama aspect!

I hope to become a lifetime member myself one day.

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Best of them all

I love the HPLHS audio dramas and this one is the best. Performances are great and the narrative adaptation of the story is spot on.

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Like the book itself but not as good

Half narration, half clunky expository dialogue. Just read the book. Not nearly as good as the more original Dark Adventure Radio Theater productions.

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The best way to experience this book

I throughly enjoyed listening to this. I have read almost every Lovecraft book or short story there is and can attest that these productions by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society are the best way to consume his literature.

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amazing!

Fantastic reading and acting! Brings the purest terror of the writings of lovecraft and puts you right into the story itself!

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I think it is great

This is great. It is the best of the seven HPLHS dramatic presentations that I have listened to. So far it is my favorite. Please make more.

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Great!!

Another fine addition to these amazing stories. I love Dark Adventure Radio Theatre. I'm a huge fan of these productions.

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Great interpretation

Great classic radio drama interpretation of a great story. Please keep them coming. I will listen to them all.

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  • 02-03-21

Great Radio Play

I love how these radio plays have an old-time feel to them. I often listen to these types of books when I'm drifting off to sleep or when I'm working. you're never left wondering what's going on or what the scene is. they're well performed and great to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-20

Ape man and cosmic horror monster

I prefer a story with focus on one person instead of a big group. It makes it easer to follow along with. The Dunwich Horror is quite the opposite on singular focus. Despite not having my prefered setting I still liked the story.
It tells the story of the folks in Dunwich and their experience with a weird family and a lurking cosmic horror.

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  • 07-07-20

I loved every second of it!

The story was amazing, the atmosphere was amazing, the acting was amazing, the whole thing was amazing!

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  • 04-07-19

Hated this one

I immensely enjoyed the Herbert West Reanimator production, but this story didn’t grab me at all.... I tried to listen to it three times but kept falling asleep in it, as it didn’t engage me at all.

It was quite awful at the start where they are talking about the baby Wilbur and how ugly he and his mother are. I know it was meant to convey the idea that he was evil and inhuman, but it just came across like a bunch of gossipy a-holes saying horrible things about the village outcasts.

Also some of the voices were hard to understand. I had to listen at 0.75% speed.

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  • Blackfyre87
  • 12-22-18

Don't head to Dunwich by Night!

A chilling tale that reminds us that, regardless of the kind of terrors the power of evil in human hearts can bring forth, humanity is insignificant in the end.

Dunwich Horror is at the heart of the later Cthulhu Mythos. It's a brilliant tale, and brilliantly narrated by the HP Lovecraft Historical society. I can thoroughly recommend their work for anyone who wishes to enjoy a spine chilling tale.