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HorrorBabble's Ultimate Weird Tales Collection, Volume 1

Narrated by: Ian Gordon
Length: 25 hrs and 5 mins
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Summary

This collection comprises 40 stories by and inspired by the originators of weird fiction. From Blackwood's The Empty House, through to Philip K. Dick's The Hanging Stranger, Lovecraft's Out of The Aeons, and beyond.

Time immemorial; worlds unimaginable.

Contents:

  1. The Empty House (A. Blackwood)
  2. The Glamour of the Snow (A. Blackwood)
  3. The Wood of the Dead (A. Blackwood)
  4. The Creeper in the Crypt (R. Bloch)
  5. Notebook Found in an Abandoned House (R. Bloch)
  6. The Shambler from the Stars (R. Bloch)
  7. The Pendulum (R. Bradbury)
  8. Evening Primrose (J. Collier)
  9. A Terribly Strange Bed (W. Collins)
  10. A:B:O. (W. de la Mare)
  11. The Hanging Stranger (Dick)
  12. The Phantom Coach (A. B. Edwards)
  13. The Fear Experiment (I. Gordon)
  14. That Time of the Night (I. Gordon)
  15. VANITY LTD. (I. Gordon)
  16. The Horse of the Invisible (W. H. Hodgson)
  17. The Searcher of the End House (W. H. Hodgson)
  18. The Voice in the Night (W. H. Hodgson)
  19. The Dream Snake (R. E. Howard)
  20. The Horror from the Mound (R. E. Howard)
  21. The Thing on the Roof (R. E. Howard)
  22. The Ash-tree (M. R. James)
  23. Count Magnus (M. R. James)
  24. Lost Hearts (M. R. James)
  25. Number 13 (M. R. James)
  26. Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad (M. R. James)
  27. In Amundsen's Tent (J. M. Leahy)
  28. To Build a Fire (J. London)
  29. The Pale Man (J. Long)
  30. The Space-Eaters (F. B. Long)
  31. The Colour Out of Space (H. P. Lovecraft)
  32. The Music of Erich Zann (H. P. Lovecraft)
  33. Out of the Aeons (H. P. Lovecraft)
  34. The White People (A. Machen)
  35. The Drone (A. Merritt)
  36. The Black Cat (E. A. Poe)
  37. Tobermory (Saki)
  38. 2 B R 0 2 B (K. Vonnegut Jr.)
  39. The Fire Vampires (D. Wandrei)
  40. The Crystal Egg (H. G. Wells)
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Breathing new (un)life into great, classic tales.

As a lover of the classic ghost stories of E. A. Poe and M. R James as well as the supernatural terror of H. P. Lovecraft and August Derleth I never tire of rereading their tales but audio versions are hard to come by outside of old, crackle recordings and unsuitable jolly narrators.
Only Horrorbabble have managed to capture a fantastic selection of stories, arranged in an order that slowly builds the terror and narrated in such a perfect way as to elicit images of darkened, shadowy studies wreathed in pipe smoke where tales are recounted over glasses of strong whisky.
I own most of what they've made and every single production is wonderfully created and there really is no reason to look elsewhere if you're seeking a reason to leave the light on at night.

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Great collection; Great reader!

I've listened to (and have bought) a lot of HorrorBabble's work on Bandcamp and have very much enjoyed it and this collection is no less enjoyable; a good mix which ranges from classic horror such as Machen, James & Lovecraft to the more Science Fiction inspired horror of Vonnegut. Ian Gordon has the most excellent voice & delivery for readings of this type :-)

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Spooky at its Best

Beautifully read and incredibly atmospheric. I loved listening to this collection and will definitely be back for more.

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  • Navigator
  • 18-06-19

An eclectic catalog of weird fiction

This collection of horror, ranging from the ghost stories of Blackwood and James to the cosmic horror of Lovecraft, is a great offering of what the genre has to offer and is wonderfully narrated by Ian and Jen. Among the titans of the weird, Ian sprinkles in lesser known works that merit the attention of anyone seriously interested in widening their palette, including the criminally underrated Frank Belknap Long.

Others gems include more modern works by Bradbury, PKD and Vonnegut. Ian also plumbs the depths and procures some of the works of horror by Robert E. Howard (too often overshadowed by his Conan stories) and John Martin Leahy. Ian even offers a few of his own contributions to the weird as well.

All together a solid collection and narrated in such a way as to breathe new life into these great tales of the weird. Another excellent contribution from HorrorBabble in keeping the founders and practitioners of weird fiction alive. Looking forward to Volume II.

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  • Mama Kotelensky
  • 14-06-19

Fantastic collection deftly read

I am a huge fan of Horror Babble. The narrator, Ian Gordon, does an excellent job of transporting the listener into the stories and creating an atmosphere appropriate for these weird tales. This particular collection has a host of different stories by many of the stalwarts of the weird genre. I highly recommend listening to this volume and following all of the Horror Babble performances on Audible in other mediums.

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  • Lee Rozelle
  • 18-06-19

A Master Class in the Weird

HorrorBabble is doing a fantastic job of bringing together the weird masters to tell a broader story of how the genre has evolved over the past century. Ian has the perfect voice for the task.

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  • Charles Power
  • 04-04-20

Another totally useless table of contents

Those who've read my other reviews won't be surprised by this one. This is a splendid anthology of forty classic stories by two dozen writers, well performed, but how do you get to a particular story, or even writer, when the audio table of contents consists of Chaapter 1 through Chapter 40? Why is this so common? The Stephen Fry collection of Sherlock Holmes has a perfectly good table of contents. I'd like to have been able to say "for instance" in that sentence, but I'm not sure the lazy fools of 'Audible have done this with any other item.

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  • Malichite
  • 18-06-19

Excellent Horror Series & Distinguished Narrator

Being a fan of other Horror Babble narrations, which I stumbled across a fear years back via Rue Morgue / YouTube, this is another excellent collection of horror tales. Ian is an excellent narrator that seems particularly suited to the readings of both classic and modern horror authors ranging from H.P. Lovecraft to Philip K. Dick.

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  • Zudak
  • 16-06-19

Very nice collection of weird tales.

An excellent collection, but for audio-books everything hangs on the narrator. Fortunately the narrator is outstanding. I've actually been a fan of Ian's work for years now. With a collection like this with many famous authors, I get to enjoy stories I'm already familiar with as well as hear some new material. Highly recommended.

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  • al doty
  • 08-06-19

A very excellent tour of classic horror

Is there anyone that doesn't like a good horror story? Ian Gordon has assembled a collection of classic and modern horror from the likes of Poe, Bloch, Lovecraft, Dick, Blackwood as well as Ian himself. Combined with his unraveled narrations, these stories come alive and will leave the listener wondering what hit them. You'll want the lights on when listening. Sleepless nights await those who dare.

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  • K. Siff
  • 30-11-19

No titles in chapter listing

Lots of great stories in this collection, and the performance is just fine, but the stories are labeled as chapter 1, chapter 2, etc., which is just lazy for an anthology. The only way to figure out which chapter corresponds to which story is to click each one and listen for the title to be read aloud; pretty inconvenient. A tiny bit more effort would have made a big difference.

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  • Donnie E Porter
  • 07-07-19

Glad I got the audio version

This book is an anthology of mostly, but not all, older horror stories. Many of the top names of horror make appearances. There is indeed a wide variety of stories contained in this volume. I enjoyed them all, but my favorite was Notebook Found In a Deserted House. As much as I would have enjoyed reading these stories, they were even better as narrated in this book. I am becoming a Horrorbabble fan and a huge fan of Ian Gordon. His voice and style of reading make this an excellent listen. This is one of the better horror audio books I have found and I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys the older style of horror.

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  • jam
  • 12-06-19

For Horror Fiction Horror Babble is first class

Great stuff, I buy everything that they put out. Always well read with a dramatic overtone

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