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The Call of Cthulhu

Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Summary

Madness and incantations in the nightmares of poets. Vicious ancient cults in the mountains and swamps. A corpse city rising in the sea. After Professor Angell meets a sudden and mysterious end, Francis Thurston, while sorting through his uncle's papers, makes a fateful discovery that ties these malignant manifestations together. Taken together, what they awaken from the deep will, as Francis warns us, "Open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."

Of the dozens of tales that comprise the mythos of H. P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu, first published in Weird Tales in 1928, is the cosmic core of his universe. Please enjoy this foreboding novella, and beware what dreams may come thereafter.

This production of The Call of Cthulhu is an official selection of the 2016 HEAR Now Festival.

Public Domain (P)2016 Neill Hellegers

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Phenomenal

It has taken me 35 years to get round to reading or listening to the Call of Cthulu. It was well worth the wait.

It is easy to see it's far reaching influence throughout modern literature and entertainment. Lovecraft's mastery is undeniable.

Very easy to listen to, the reader's pronunciations at times aren't great but are easy to overlook.

The suspense is real, the fear is created in ones mind, it isn't written for sheer shock the way modern horror is, but written so you yourself, make yourself uneasy at that imagery presented. The account of Johansen is one of the most memorable pieces in this book, very well written.

Please read/listen to this, it's very short and takes no time at all and will change you. I will say as a point of interest, a disclaimer of sorts, the language used when referring to those of darker skin tones is period apparent, and for that reason sort of unsettling at points.

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A dark and slightly repetitive horror story.

I chose this version as the voices of the narrator was gritty and held within it the level of fear I felt appropriate for a Lovecraft story. However there was not much variation in tone, and after a while this gritty fear became tiresome. As the story was short, it wasn’t too bad however.

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  • taylor
  • 11-03-17

Classic Lovecraft

I love this story, like many, I'm sure this is the one that people start out with when exploring the world of Lovecraft.

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  • OldBill
  • 18-04-17

great fun

being old, it is in a little strange to listen to. But the performance.. the storytelling is just a lot of fun.

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  • Oliver Steele
  • 21-03-19

Only One complaint

The narrator was great but he dosent pronounce the title charter “right”. I realize that many different people pronounce it different ways but that’s the only problem I have with it. Other than that I found that the narrator was so captivating and compelling.

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  • Amber Wright
  • 05-11-18

Short but really good

For its length it goes deep into details and really puts you on the edge of your seat.

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  • Donna Forman
  • 01-02-19

Overly dramatic narration on a fantastic story

The story is quite dramatic on its own, and doesn’t need the breathy, stuffed-nose narrators assistance in creating atmosphere. The narrator also has problems with pronunciation throughout. I wish I had picked a different production, as the story is fantastic.

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  • Lee
  • 09-11-16

Couldn't follow.

This book was not really what I was expexting and hard to follow and understand.

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  • Carrie Trojanczyk
  • 27-08-18

Not for me...too racist

The narrator was good! I know this is an old story and it was a different time but I could not get myself to finish due to the racist undertones and vocabulary in this story.