H.P. Lovecraft is considered one of the most influential horror and fantasy writers of the 20th century. His work, which is frequently compared to the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, explored the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien.
This volume showcases arguably some of Lovecraft's best work. "Imprisoned with the Pharaohs" was originally written for the world-famous escape artist Harry Houdini and was published under Houdini's name in the magazine Weird Tales.
This release also contains an example of some of Lovecraft's earliest work, including "The Alchemist", which was written when he was only 18, and "The Nameless City", the first story to investigate the powerful Cthulu Mythos for which Lovecraft is famous.
Gareth David-Lloyd has recently starred in the hit BBC 2 series Torchwood. Before playing Ianto Jones, Gareth trained at the National Youth Theatre, and his credits include the role of Sebastian in Twelfth Night, as well as television appearances in Mine All Mine, Absolute Power and Rosemary & Thyme. Staten Eliot is an ambitious young actor whose film credits include Lycanthropy, The Basement, and Camp X-Ray: Ghosts of Guantanamo Bay. Staten made his film debut in Flip a Coin, the first English-speaking film by award-winning Swedish director David Flamholc. Dubbed as "a slick East End version of Notting Hill", reviewers branded Staten "the next Jude Law". Other television credits include Marcus in Totally Frank (Channel 4) and James in Trust (BBC 1) alongside Ian McShane and Robson Green.
(P)2008 Fantom Films
"The mystery and romance of antiquity stirred Lovecraft deeply, and the glamorous Egyptian setting of this fictionalised narrative touched creative wellsprings within him, producing one of his most powerful and evocative pieces." (Lin Carter, Lovecraft: A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos)
Very well read, although there are the usual slight slips as most people will when reading Lovecraft. An unusual tale, as it was ghost-written by Lovecraft for Houdini. You also get a couple of very short stories (The Alchemist and The Nameless City).
"Wrong Choice of Narrator"
Lovecraft is a master of the genre. He may be repetitive and somewhat predictable, but his stories seem to always manage to make the hair on the back of my neck stand up. David-Lloyd on the other hand was not the correct choice for narrator.
Obviously it's comparable to the rest of Lovecraft's work. The titular story is very much a product of the Pulp Magazine era.
David-Lloyd's pronunciation of names and places was horrible and inconsistent.
Absolutely. If you like horror stories, Indiana Jones, Egyptology, or all of the above, it's a fun little read.
"Good but not his best work."
Accomplished, descriptive writing though not Lovecraft's best. First two stories were a bit slow-moving, third story is shorter and contains more action. All are atmospheric.
Not nearly as good as other works but still a worthwhile and interesting listen.
Narrator of the second piece mumbles and is quite hard to make out in places. Others are okay.
No, these are stand-alone stories.
Audible, you need to correct the title, it's Imprisoned WITH not BY.
"Harry Houdini & H. P. Lovecraft!"
Harry Houdini is the hero in a Lovecraft story! How great is that!
This is first time we read the famous words:
Harry Houdin - he was like a real life Indiana Jones!
OK, this is not the BEST H. P. Lovecraft story. That's
From one of my favorite childhood writers, I couldn't bare to finish this story. Dull is all I can offer.
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