While on a fishing trip two men discover the ruins of an old house perched on the very edge of a cliff. In the ruins they discover an old manuscript that seems to suggest the house was once involved in something super natural, and horrific.
Public Domain (P)2013 FNH
I teach computing at a college an hour from home. I get through a lot of audiobooks! I consider the audiobook an art form in its own right.
Yes, on the whole. It's not an especially long book, but it is a key work of its kind.
It begins with strange goings on in and around a very large house where the narrator lives alone except for his sister and dog. Despite being there for 10 years there are unexplored parts of the house, including a vast cellar with a trapdoor to... what? After an investigation, the house is besieged by extradimensional creatures. This is followed by a sequence obviously inspired by Wells's The Time Machine, some dream stuff, and then a rather low key, not to say anticlimactic, ending.
The rapid flight into the future starts off well but ends up as rather poorly described waffle. I had real problems with the narrator, a self-declared dog lover, leaving his dog outside when he knew there was a likelihood of the evil creatures coming back.
At best it's visionary, creepy and exciting. At worst it's a bit dull and irritating because much of the time it's just things happening to the "protagonist"; not only is there no apparent reason for the events, the prot hardly even speculates about why they are happening.
Now there's a question. Some of his pronunciations struck me as non-standard. "Deities" pronounced as "di-et-ies", "denizens" pronounced as "denzins", and "catastrophe" as "cat-a-stroff". (I was hoping he'd pronounce "picturesque" as "picture-scew" but the word isn't in the book.) I also felt he was miscast;the narrator of the main story is supposed to be quite a bit older.
Get on with my own novel. It's not based on a similar idea, but there's a certain vibe I could borrow.
I feel I could almost sum this up as a dream written up. But a very good dream.
"One of the greatest stories I have ever heard"
Wow! Lovercraft and Ashton Smith take their hats off to this story with good reason. William Hope Hodgson describes ... I can't tell you. It would spoil your enjoyment. The narrator is superb Felbrigg Napolean Herriot. Truly enjoyed this book and will listen to it again and again as I get older. Poor Pepper!
"Good story, fair reading."
Good, atmospheric story of cosmic horror. The reading, although clear, is largely uninflected and monotonous.
"Great narrator, OK story"
Great narrator, interesting example of "weird tales" genre, though the story becomes somewhat tedious at points. I found Hodgson's Carnacki stories more enjoyable.
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