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The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, Vol 2 by H.P. Lovecraft
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Oct 16, 09

bookshelves: horror, library, 2009-read
Read in October, 2009

These are the first two stories I've read by Lovecraft, and they were both eerie and strange. "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" takes a few paragraphs to get invested in the story, but it proves to leave haunting images in your mind and a dreadful smell in your nostrils. Innsmouth is an imaginary town in New England, near the fictional town of Arkham, and nobody likes the people or culture of Innsmouth. Likewise, the Innsmouth natives don't like strangers, so when the narrator takes a trip to Innsmouth to tour the city things go horribly awry.

"Dagon" is related to the first story. It is much shorter and features the narrative of a shipwrecked victim. He recounts the horrors he saw and his trip into a damaged psyche is evident with each passing paragraph. The end of this story came abruptly, but it was shocking.

It seems like Lovecraft requires patience (and a dictionary) to enjoy the story's he tells. These two progress at an intentional pace that keeps the reader dangerously close to boredom, but somehow never crossing that line.

Finally, the reader of this Audio CD was fantastic. His voice was smooth and easy and deep, befitting of the setting. Furthermore, his reading helped propel the story into horror and really drive in the terror that lurks in Innsmouth, especially when the old man is telling his story. As an audio book, I really enjoyed listening to this, and it makes me want to read some more of Lovecraft's tales.
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