"How'd yew like to be livin' in a town like this here Innsmouth, with everything a-rottin' an' dyin' an' boarded up! Things crawlin' an' bleatin' an' barkin' an' hoppin' around black cellars an' high attics every way ye turn? Hey? How'd yew like to hear the howlin' night after night from the Esoteric Order o' Dagon hall an' know what unholy things is doin' part of the howlin? Yew think this old man's crazy? Well, sir, let me tell yew that ain't the worst! That ain't the worst! That ain't the worst!" There is something wrong in the decayed seacoast town of Innsmouth. Something wrong in the crumbling buildings. Something wrong in the cold deep waters.
Something wrong in the blood.
This is a full-cast, soundscaped audio dramatization of the classic work by one of the masters of horror.
One of the most well-known H. P. Lovecraft short stories, "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", is brought to sinister life by the Atlantic Radio Theater Company, with their full-audio dramatization. The atmosphere of this performance brings listeners into the Cthulhu Mythos with vivid clarity, combining an excellent trio of performers and tone-setting soundscapes to pull the listener into this tale.
The town of Innsmouth is eerily infamous, and avoided at all costs, since it is rumored to be a decaying settlement of crazed seafaring devil worshipers. But Orin Phillips does not heed this sinister reputation, and in an attempt to be frugal he finds himself stranded in Innsmouth and must either survive the town or fall into the utter madness that lies within it.
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The acting is fantastic
Without delving into spoilers, there is a chase sequence which in the original is very tense and keeps you anxious and on the edge of your seat. I am very pleased that this production came the closest to recreating that sensation with the scene.
With the exception of the character names used this is a very faithful retelling of the short story, however I feel it works better as a companion piece to the original story as opposed to a replacement of. If you can only get one then get the original, but if you can afford both then this performance is a wonderful accent to the original.
- Billy Horn
where real horror began...