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Editorial Reviews

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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Publisher's Summary

"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.
(P)1993 Atlanta Radio Theatre Company
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4 out of 5 stars
By Billy Horn on 09-04-17

Don't listen to this version first!

What made the experience of listening to The Shadow over Innsmouth (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

The acting is fantastic

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow over Innsmouth (Dramatized)?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ubersam on 04-02-15

where real horror began...

timeless horror classic. a horror story for every generation. loved it as a youth, love it more as an adult. To turn it into a motion picture would ruin it like the tragedy of " Call of Chuthulu ".

Samiel F.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 08-23-16

Chopped up and rushed

I was rather disappointed by this adaptation of one of HP Lovecraft's most popular stories. The different voices are quite jarring and they don't match the characters well at all. The boy in the grocery store sounds more like a man in his 40s. There is an escape sequence in the last third of the original story but this adaptation chopped out most of it and ignored the creeping suspense of the original. It is the escape that makes the original so scary as that was when the protagonist was in greatest danger but could not sneak out. I wouldn't recommend this version to anyone as an introduction to Lovecraft in audio form.

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