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When local newspapers report strange things seen floating in rivers during a historic Vermont flood, Albert Wilmarth becomes embroiled in a controversy about the reality and significance of the sightings. However it isn’t until he receives communication from Henry Wentworth Akeley that he is offered the proof he requires.
Written in 1930, and originally published in Weird Tales a year later, "The Whisperer in Darkness", is still as powerful today as it was 80 years ago.
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By Brad on 11-01-11
I'm just starting out as a fan of Lovecraft. As far as I know I've read about half of his fictional works. This was an excellent recording and narration and I've listened 3 times already.
The story is not one of my favorites but it is nevertheless effective and introduces the reader to some themes Lovecraft likes to play with(Yog Sothoth, artificial animation/consciousness, alien lifeforms). As a New Englander who went to college on the street where Lovecraft lived in Providence, I can say he certainly nails the atmospheres of ominous gloom which pervade some of the region's settings, and his prose puts other science fiction writers like hg wells to shame in my humble view.
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By Jim N on 05-29-17
A Strong Performance
Narrator Phil Reynolds delivers a strong reading of one of Lovecraft's more famous tales. The Whisperer in Darkness contains elements that were somewhat unique and innovative at the time of it's writing but I don't think it stands the test of time quite as well as some of HPL's other tales. Nevertheless, it's an interesting, well-structured story, as much science fiction as horror, and it's famous for featuring numerous references to other elements of the Cthulhu Mythos. If you're new to Lovecraft, this isn't the best place to start but once you've dabbled a bit, it's definitely a worthy listen.
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