• The Shadow over Innsmouth

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Richard Coyle
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 01-09-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Spokenworld Audio/Ladbroke Audio Ltd
  • 4.6 (79 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The perfect H. P. Lovecraft title to follow on from 2010's At the Mountains of Madness, and the only HPL title not to appear in a periodical! Perfect also because it is split in to 5 distinct chapters...ripe for abridgement into five half-hour episodes!
The Shadow Over Innsmouth tells the first-person story of a young historian, Robert Olmstead, who, while investigating his family genealogy in New England, is intrigued to learn about a hated and mysterious fishing town called Innsmouth. When he visits he finds the place to be run-down and near-deserted, with a cult-like religion and a strange, degenerate population. His investigation soon turns into a race to escape the town and the the evil creatures he sees emerging from the sea.
The Shadow Over Innsmouth was written by H. P. Lovecraft in 1931 and is the only one of his works of fiction not to have initially been published as part of a periodical. It continues HPL's Cthulhu Mythos, featuring townspeople worshipping the elder sea god Dagon and mentioning the mysterious Shoggoth creature of his other works.
Howard Phillips "H. P." Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 - March 15, 1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction. As early as the 1940s, Lovecraft had developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fiction featuring a pantheon of humanity-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical.
Although Lovecraft's audience was limited during his life, his reputation has grown and he is now regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century. Stephen King called him "the 20th century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." This 2011 adaptation comprises five episodes, originally aired on BBC Radio 4 Extra, once again read by the superb Richard Coyle and featuring music by acclaimed composer Jon Nicholls. The series is offered here in exclusive extended edition.
©2011 Ladbroke Productions (Radio) Ltd (P)2011 Spokenworld Audio/Ladbroke Audio Ltd
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By Bastion Drake on 05-04-16


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Absolutely excellent execution from Lovecraft and Coyle. I would have preferred a lot more sound effects but it was still engrossing.

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By R. Peacock on 04-11-16

Scary and alluring

The story is very strange, a bit confused, but ultimately the narrator does it great justice with a great reading. If you're looking for something to get your heart pumping The Shadow Over Innsmouth will do the trick. This is a fairly short story so it's a good listen for in the car.

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By Max Bell on 11-07-17

Excellent narration

Richard Coyle has the perfect voice for this story - he does a very fine job indeed. I immediately went and purchased 'At the Mountains of Madness' (also read by Coyle) since I enjoyed this so much.

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By Kindle Customer on 04-02-17

Exceeds expectations

Excellent, evocative, narration enhanced by atmospheric soundtrack. Memorably eerie. Pacing and production serve to bring this story to life.

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By Imogen on 11-01-17

Drove me insane!

Loved this! Richard Doyle narration is top level, it's easy to listen to and the music and sound effects make the whole experience very immersive! I highly recommend for anyone who is a longtime or new to Lovecraft's tales.

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