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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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Compared with Dreams of Terror and Death

Any additional comments?

Only Dreams of Terror and Death:

The Doom That Came to Sarnath
The Statement of Randolph Carter
The Cats of Ulthar
From Beyond
The Nameless City
The Hound
Pickman's Model
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kaddath
The Silver Key
The Strange High House in the Mist
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Dreams in the Witch House
Through the Gates of the Silver Key

Both:

Azathoth
The Descendant
The Thing in the Moonlight
Polaris
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Celephais
Nyarlathotep
The Other Gods
Ex Oblivione
The Quest of Iranon
Hypnos
What the Moon Brings

Only Eldritch Tales:

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

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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.

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  • Maliboo
  • 29-10-14

Audiobook Contents

History of the Necronomicon
The Alchemist
A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson
The Beast in the Cave
The Poe-et's Nightmare
Memory
Despair
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
Nyarlathotep
Polaris
The Street
Ex Oblivione
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
The Crawling Chaos
The Terrible Old Man
The Tree
The Tomb
Celephais
Hypnos
What the Moon Brings
The Horror at Martin's Beach
The Festival
The Temple
Hallowe'en in a Suburb
The Moon-Bog
He
Festival
The Green Meadow
Nathicana
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
Ibid
Azathoth
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

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  • Tyler Hodges
  • 16-08-14

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.

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  • Coach of Alva
  • 01-06-16

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.

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  • Christopher Montecino
  • 04-06-15

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.

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  • david
  • 29-09-16

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.

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  • BKS
  • 23-04-18

Lovecraft, enough said

some of it Boring , some of it incredible. It's Lovecraft what did you expect?

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  • Old Man Parker
  • 27-03-18

That is not un-READ which can eternal lie...

If you could sum up Eldritch Tales in three words, what would they be?

H. P. Lovecraft

Who was your favorite character and why?

Each and every character is Howard, yet all their lives end up linked throughout the different stories if you listen close enough,

Which character – as performed by various narrators – was your favorite?

all were excellent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

if possible -

Any additional comments?

• Howard Phillips Lovecraft wrote in the 1920's when Egypt and Polynesian culture were newly discovered, in any mass-media sense, to America. Both cultures seemed to be the door-ways to greater, ancient, old-gods, and knowledge of a cosmos so large that we're humbled before it. 
• Unlike western religion that tells us we are the center of the universe, Lovecraft's Cthulhu-mythos tells us we are not. We are an insignificant tiny part of a fearfully vast, complex, and quite often alien universe. 
The universe is far greater than we think, or can even imagine -  and we are but a tiny little part of it, and very very far from the most powerful thing in it.
• However, the link to mankind's significant role in this universe is through the earth Dreamlands, where a human can journey - travel through time & dimensions, and even transform into something more.

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  • Jordan
  • 14-12-17

2nd Best Anthology

I enjoyed this collection of Lovecraft stories. This and the Necronomicon together comprise a large percentage of well known Lovecraft writings, although this is still missing the Mountains of Madness and Shadow Over Innsmouth. I preferred the Necronomicon to this collection but did enjoy this one quite a bit. Recommended if you, like me, are looking for the highlights of Lovecraft.

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  • Alexander
  • 24-08-17

Good for the first 80%

The book was great until the last three hours that are just a history of horror stories and famous authors, wasn't that interested in that part.

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  • Marion Dolim
  • 11-07-17

Worthwhile for Lovecraft fans

What did you love best about Eldritch Tales?

Some of the stories were amazing, and the essay on weird tales at the end was very informative.

What did you like best about this story?

The variety of stories, and unimaginable concepts Lovecraft creates.

What three words best describe various narrators’s voice?

Some were horrible.
Elijah Alexander was absolutely tedious...it is painful to listen to him. It is as if he does not understand what he is reading, or did no rehearsals. His tones and meter make no sense, and make the story completely lost. When I hear his name, I want to skip that story.

Any additional comments?

Overall it is good for Lovecraft fans