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50 Classic Horror Short Stories 1

Works by Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Conan Doyle and Many More!
Narrated by: Anthony Maher
Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Summary

CONTENTS: 

  1. A Suspicious Gift [Algernon Blackwood],
  2. Skeleton Lake: An Episode in Camp [Algernon Blackwood],
  3. The Wood of the Dead [Algernon Blackwood],
  4. A Baby Tramp [Ambrose Bierce],
  5. The Damned Thing [Ambrose Bierce],
  6. Dagon [H.P Lovecraft],
  7. The Horror of the Heights [Arthur Conan Doyle],
  8. The_Descendant [H.P Lovecraft],
  9. The Cats of Ulthar [H.P Lovecraft],
  10. The Evil Clergyman [H.P Lovecraft],
  11. He [H.P Lovecraft],
  12. The Book [H.P Lovecraft],
  13. In the Vault [H.P Lovecraft],
  14. Nyarlathotep [H.P Lovecraft],
  15. Death and the Woman [Gertrude Atherton],
  16. The Striding Place [Gertrude Atherton],
  17. Hop-Frog [Edgar Allan Poe],
  18. The Raven [Edgar Allan Poe],
  19. The Tell-Tale Heart [Edgar Allan Poe],
  20. Shadow [Edgar Allan Poe],
  21. The Beast in the Cave [H.P Lovecraft],
  22. The Doom That Came to Sarnath [H.P Lovecraft],
  23. The Vampire Maid [Hume Nisbet],
  24. A Tale of the Ragged Mountains [Edgar Allan Poe],
  25. The Demon Spell [Hume Nisbet],
  26. Out of the Earth [Arthur Machen],
  27. The Signal-Man [Charles Dickens],
  28. The Colloquy of Monos and Una [Edgar Allan Poe],
  29. Demons of the Sea [William Hope Hodgson],
  30. Glámir [Sabine Baring-Gould],
  31. Colonel Halifax's Ghost Story [Sabine Baring-Gould],
  32. Tales of Secret Egypt [Sax Rohmer],
  33. Some Words with a Mummy [Edgar Allan Poe],
  34. In the Dark [Edith Nesbit],
  35. The Sea Raiders [H. G. Wells],
  36. The Baron of Beauguard [Gilbert Parke],
  37. The Vampire [Jan Neruda],
  38. A Journey of Little Profit [John Buchan],
  39. The Keeper of Cademuir [John Buchan],
  40. Dickon the Devil [Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu],
  41. The Child That Went With The Fairies [Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu],
  42. Wicked Captain Walshawe, Of Wauling [Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu],
  43. Two Doctors Montague [Rhodes James],
  44. A School Story Montague [Rhodes James],
  45. The Diary of Mr. Poynter Montague[ Rhodes James],
  46. In the Forest of Villefére by [Robert Robert E. Howard],
  47. The Dream Snake [Robert E. Howard],
  48. The Thing On the Roof [Robert E. Howard],
  49. The Imp of the Perverse [Edgar Allan Poe],
  50. The Devil in the Belfry [Edgar Allan Poe].
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Good for the price...

But unfortunately marred - badly marred - by a myriad of mispronounciations. Not only the usual 'big words ' like cyclopean or Cthulu, but fairly ordinary words like modicum (mode-ee-cam) and generous (tenee-BROS) Really annoying...
The readers sentence structuring, too, is dreadful, and sounds only marginally better than the automated 'audio' one gets when your Kindle 'reads' a non-Audible book.
Quite a s bad is the lack of even the tiniest pause between chaptets, so the title of the new chapter commencing is tacked into the end of the last sentence of the one before.
The stories themselves are a pretty good, very comprehensive collection, and you get a lot of them for under a pound, but the (dismal) quality of the narration made me wish it was a printed volume instead.

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  • Korey
  • 06-01-20

ehhh....

Right for the price, the narration isn't terrible, but it lacks interest or emotion, though not unpleasant. This audio book has plenty of content. Some of these stories are genuinely interesting, but many are only so-so. I wish chapters were named, it would make revisiting the good stories easier. I have one more thing to say, in this reading of H.P Lovecraft's, Decendents, they pronounced it necro-MONIC-con and it made me a little sad, especially since 30 seconds prior they had pronounced it correctly, odd.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-12-19

Do NOT buy this if you are expecting MODERN horror

This is not a collection of modern horror stories, as some buyers are expecting (understandable considering the lurid picture the publishers chose for the cover, bordering on false advertising!) These are old classics, written more than a hundred years ago, and are for fans who like the language, pacing, and subtle, atmospheric chills found in these stories---as I do. And at this price (less than 70 cents for over 15 hours of audio), it is a must have for my collection. As in all anthologies, there will be some stories that you skip over. There is also a volume 2 in this series, also at an unbelievable price. (There are some problems with the pauses in this audio. Is a long pause a cue to tell you that a new story is beginning or is it just a pause in the story you are reading? At other times, there may be no pause between stories. This can be confusing. For the price, I can live with this.) The narration is more than adequate for this bargain selection.

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  • Counselor
  • 21-03-20

Excellent old stories using archaic words.

Difficult read for narrator, but many mispronounced words and repeated phrases. Enunciation good. So little pause between stories that it is difficult to catch the transition.

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  • jason
  • 06-03-20

Dull

I guess I have to read this on my own. Narrator is so dull, it is hard to keep my attention. almost robotic.

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  • Jenny Olson
  • 14-11-19

No wonder it was only $.69

Non of these stories are horrifying in any way. Pretty much all of them are entirely way too long and wordy. But, what can I expect from paying only $.69.
The only plus is that it's a good way to fill blank space or to have as background noise.

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