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Most of the other readings of Lovecraft I have are by Wayne June, who is a truly excellent narrator of Lovecraft... but here David Healy is quite possibly perfection. Healy captures all the nuances of fear, bewilderment, and intensity but in a less dry fashion as compared to Wayne June, yet he doesn't overdo it either.
If you are new Lovecraft, and especially if you haven't heard audio versions by anybody else, Healy's reading is going to spoil you, but this is the best introductory reading of Lovecraft's work I would ever recommend.
These two particular stories are a great contrast of Lovecraft's work, with the The Lurking Fear being one of his earlier stories and The Thing on the Doorstep being one of his last. Both are two of my favorite pieces and complement each other nicely. The Lurking Fear captures all of Lovecraft's unique abilities to build resonating mood of the strange and hidden histories that his characters always seem to stumble onto, with a very vivid and satisfying ending.
But.. it's The Thing on the Doorstep that is the outright spectral masterpiece of classic terror between these two. For new readers out there, don't ever let Lovecraft's more quaint titles fool you into thinking the title will somehow reflect the quality of the content. Many of his best stories seemingly have these more generic titles, which might have been an influence from the editors of the pulp magazines he wrote for originally(?). Regardless, The Thing on the Doorstep is one of Lovecraft's most succinct and genuinely spooky stories. I should also mention that it is indirectly tied to his Cthulhu mythos, specifically that of The Shadow Over Innsmouth. The ending just floored me when I first read this, and narrator David Healy expresses all the darkest depths of the imagination that this story demands.
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I decided to purchase these relatively inexpensive audio books by H.P. Lovecraft because I heard the books were well done horror with some classic creatures. That part at least was fulfilled. "The Lurking Fear" felt less captivating than "The Thing on the Doorstep" even though one can easily see where the story will end with the latter story.
My real gripe is with the audio. Not necessarily the narrator, he did alright, I might even say he did well. The problem was that I heard an echo in the background of the audio. The narrator would speak and then a few seconds later you hear exactly what he just said in the background. It honestly got really annoying and a bit distracting at times. Now, it may be possible that it was just my file or perhaps my headphones, however I had started this book about 5 minutes after finishing another book that didn't have this problem. So, consider yourselves warned.
TL;DR: Classic horror with decent narration nearly ruined by some kind of echoing in the background. (For me at least.)
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