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Eldritch Tales Audiobook

Eldritch Tales: A Miscellany of the Macabre

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Publisher's Summary

Following the phenomenal success of Necronomicon, its companion volume brings together Lovecraft's remaining major stories plus his weird poetry, a number of obscure revisions, and some notable nonfiction, including the seminal critical essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature."

Gathering together in chronological order the rest of Lovecraft's rarely seen but extraordinary short fiction, this collection includes the entirety of the long-out-of-print collection of thirty-six sonnets "Fungi from Yuggoth."

Lovecraft died at the age of forty-seven, but in his short life he turned out dozens of stories that changed the face of horror. His extraordinary imagination spawned both the Elder God Cthulhu and his eldritch cohorts, as well as the strangely compelling town of Innsmouth, all of which feature here.

©2014 H.P. Lovecraft (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    J. Curtis England 27/10/2016
    J. Curtis England 27/10/2016 Member Since 2016

    eBook prices are a rip off!!

    "Great stuff"

    As the second part of the Necronomicon book I was expecting the last of Lovecraft stories to be included but At the Mountains of Madness is missing and I'm sure still more are missing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Maliboo
    Los Angeles, CA
    "Audiobook Contents"

    History of the Necronomicon
    The Alchemist
    A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson
    The Beast in the Cave
    The Poe-et's Nightmare
    The Picture in the House
    Beyond the Wall of Sleep
    Psychopompos; A Tale in Rhyme
    The White Ship
    The House
    The Nightmare Lake
    Poetry and the Gods
    The Street
    Ex Oblivione
    Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
    The Crawling Chaos
    The Terrible Old Man
    The Tree
    The Tomb
    What the Moon Brings
    The Horror at Martin's Beach
    The Festival
    The Temple
    Hallowe'en in a Suburb
    The Moon-Bog
    The Green Meadow
    Two Black Bottles
    The Last Test
    The Wood
    The Ancient Track
    The Electric Executioner
    Fungi from Yuggoth
    The Trap
    The Other Gods
    The Quest of Iranon
    The Challenge From Beyond
    In a Sequester'd Providence Churchyard Where Once Poe Walk'd
    The Descendant
    The Book
    The Messenger
    The Evil Clergyman
    The Very Old Folk
    The Thing in the Moonlight
    The Transition of Juan Romero
    Supernatural Horror in Literature

    77 of 77 people found this review helpful
  • Tyler Hodges
    "An Excellent, If Repeated, Performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because of the great stories that are told within. Lovecraft can be a bit hard to get into, but if you like horror then this collection has something for everyone. Stories about monsters, dreams, quests and all manner of the macabre never make it a dull.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Given that this is a collection, it is hard to nail down exactly what the best thing about the volume is. Since I am a fan of Lovecraft, just hearing more of his work after consuming the Dreamcycle is a great privilege.

    Have you listened to any of various narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to most of the narrators from the previous Lovecraft volume called Dreams of Terror and Death. I particularly enjoyed the performances of Stephan Rudnicki and Simon Vance. They've just got that voice that conveys terror so well. Armando Duran, a newcomer in this volume, adds an interesting flair to the stories set in the western parts of the United States.

    Who was the most memorable character of Eldritch Tales and why?

    There are simply too many to count, but Joe Slatter from Beyond the Wall of Sleep always stands out to be as a tragic figure due to the mental strain he undergoes while lacking the sophistication to relay how he feels.

    Any additional comments?

    I have to say that I am disappointed in the inclusion of stories from Dreams of Terror and Death. I was hoping for the inclusion of works such as The Call of Cthulhu or The Dunwich Horror and hearing quite a lot of the previous volumes content was a let down. However, the inclusion of the history of the horror fiction genre towards the end was a surprisingly interesting addition, though it is ironic Lovecraft wasn't mentioned in it.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher Montecino
    "Great collection of odd tales"

    The readers voices and tones fit the tales perfectly, and really add to the atmosphere of the story. This is a great collection for anyone looking to read/listen to stories of oddities and horror.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Coach of Alva
    Ardmore, OK, United States
    "The Rest of Lovecraft"

    More accurately, a miscellany of Lovecraft. Blackstone Audio had already put together two almost definitive multi-voiced collections of the master: “Necronomicon” covering his great horror tales, and “Dreams of Terror and Death” covering his dark fantasy tales. This collection is full of the stuff that most “Best of Lovecraft” anthologies leave out. Included here are the master’s less regarded horror stories, stories already performed in “Dreams” and regurgitated here for filler, his poetry, his collaborations with other authors, and his essay on the history of horror stories, “Supernatural Horror in Literature.”

    I feel that the lesser regarded stories are usually lesser regarded for a reason, but I did enjoy listening to them being performed. (Favorite example: the solemn Stefan Rudnicki reading “The Temple” with a slight German accent.) I was didn’t dislike the poetry, but I wonder if that is because it was good or that I can’t tell poetry from doggerel. I enjoyed one collaboration, “The Crawling Chaos,” a superb apocalyptic vision. I hated the others. I would recommend them for the library at Guantanamo. I wouldn’t listen to them again unless a track of Mike, John, and Kevin was added. As for “Supernatural Horror in Literature,” well, look at my latest acquisitions on Library Thing. Thank you, Mr. Lovecraft, I’m sure I will enjoy them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • david
    "I feel a bit shortchanged"

    It's all fine and good, but some of the recordings do appear in another audio book by the same publisher. With the change of main theme, I didn't think this would happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • cole lucero
    "well done"

    I love h.p Lovecraft's tales and the performance of the narrators is well done. chapter nine is one of my favorites in this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter D. Sheehan
    "Awful, awful narration"
    Would you try another book from H. P. Lovecraft and/or various narrators?

    Yes, if it actually had good narrators. Some of the narrators are fine in this but some are just unforgivable.

    Who was your favorite character and why?


    Would you be willing to try another one of various narrators’s performances?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Eldritch Tales?

    I don't have any problem with the writing, just with the narration. Necronomicon had a few lackluster narrators, but in particular in this book, some were just awful. I literally could not finish listening to The Alchemist because the narrator was putting on the most appalling half-assed french accent. I could not care less about France or french culture, but even *I* found it offensive how bad the accent was. It was just unpleasant to listen to. I want a refund.

    Any additional comments?

    I would like a refund, and whoever did the narration for The Alchemist should be fired, or possibly shot.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Michigan, USA
    "it is an enjoyable listen.. but after two lovecraf"
    What did you love best about Eldritch Tales?

    I did not really like this one. The novelty wore off.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    multiple narrators

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    same above

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No moments that were moving

    1 of 16 people found this review helpful

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