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As a lifelong Lovecraft fan, I am incredibly grateful that Audible has provided "The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft” series. I feel Wayne June’s voice and characterization lend themselves perfectly to Lovecraft’s writings in the previous volumes, and the same holds true for Volume 4. Perhaps we can hope for an audio version of Lovecraft’s personal correspondences with Robert E. Howard or August Derleth?
However, I do have one complaint. In this audio version of “The Rats in the Walls” the name of the narrator’s cat is given as “Black-Man” yet in the original text it’s name is “Nigger-Man.” This may seem like a small point, but I feel it detracts from the story as a whole. I am aware that this action may have been taken by Audio Realms in deference to some listeners’ delicate modern sensibilities, but that is no reason to tinker with the text. We must remember that Lovecraft was writing in a different era than our own and what he wrote was considered more socially acceptable. If one changes the name of the cat in this story because it has become socially unacceptable, what are we to make of the blatantly racial overtones of such stories as “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” “The Dunwich Horror” and “The Horror at Red Hook”?
Except for this flaw, it’s ultimately a delightful series. I highly recommend the series to any reader, whether they are new to Lovecraft’s work or long-time fans, and I eagerly await any future offerings.
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Wayne June's narration is the material of legend to Lovecraft's already incredible work. He brings these three tales to life like no other has before.
I have heard so much about the surreal horror of HP Lovecraft, and I wasn't entirely disappointed by this book, but neither was I blown away. There are good parts that will truly freak you out, but they are padded out too much to sustain the sense of dread.
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