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The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Vol. 5 Audio CD – Unabridged, October 27, 2009

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Audio Realms; Unabridged edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897304250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897304259
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,060,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq. on February 18, 2009
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THE DARK WORLDS OF H. P. LOVECRAFT is a wonderful audio series from Audio Realms, and this fifth volume showcases three of Lovecraft's most popular tales. "The Lurking Fear" was an early work of Lovecraft's that was written for a semi-commercial magazine. Although never considered one of Lovecraft's finest tales, it has many fine moments of horror. "The Thing on the Doorstep" is one of Lovecraft's oddest stories, and it includes fascinating hints as to his inventive world that has become known as the Cthulhu Mythos -- for example, here we hear of a mystic woods and its pit of shoggoths, we learn of the curious students who roam the halls of Miskatonic University in Arkham, and we meet the doomed fantastic poet, Edward Derby, a character that seems to contain in his nature curious and twisted aspects of his creator's biography. "The Haunter of the Dark," a story that was inspired by an earlier tale by Robert Bloch (and this story by HPL is dedicated to Bloch), has long been one of my favourites. It is one of the creepiest Gothic weird tales ever written, filled with fabulous moments of dark brooding horror. Fans of the Cthulhu Mythos have long pondered the exact nature of this "haunter of the dark," this avatar of Nyarlathotep. The story is set in Lovecraft's hometown of Providnece, Rhode Island, which is beautifully brought to life.

The one flaw of the series is that the readings seem to be taken from the early corrupted texts of Lovecraft's works, which have since been thoroughly re-edited and corrected by the magnificent scholar, S. T. Joshi. Per example, the final line of "The Haunter of the Dark" reads, in its corrected text, "I see it--coming here--hell-wind--titan blur--black wings--Yog-Sothoth save me--the three-lobed burning eye...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric on November 12, 2011
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Whether Lovecraft is for you is a matter of taste of course, but if you like Poe, Lovecraft's writing has a similar flavor but with a more arcane and macabre focus. His stories are almost always in first person narrative, telling of past events that lead up to where the the main character is now, which usually is a state of great fear, struggle for sanity, or something along those lines. But where Poe and Lovecraft really differ is in their choice of opposition. To contrast the two, Poe tends to focus on a more feasible course of events, which though often extreme or even surreal, are basically grounded within earthly premises. Lovcraft characters are also often crazy, much like Poe, but usually the victims of supernatural or metaphysically horrific events, creatures from another plane of existence that have somehow made their way into our realm, and the main character(s) act out of responsibility to discover or somehow protect the human race as they face madness.

The unfortunate truth is that Lovecraft died young, probably before really making it into his prime as an author. His abilities and vision are remarkable and highly entertaining, and if he had lived another ten years, the progressions he was making would have likely made him a literary household name (although slowly this seems to be taking place anyway..). But alas, a longer life was not to be. Luckily, we do have a wonderful variety of fantastic stories from Lovecraft's magical pen, and have had a huge impact on many of the most famous writers and filmmakers of the latter 20th century.

Out of all of Lovecraft's writing, "The Thing on the Doorstep" is probably my favorite story of his, though "The Lurking Fear" is an excellent story also.
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