The Horror at Red Hook

  • by H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by Austin Vanfleet
  • 0 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Not many weeks ago, on a street corner in the village of Pascoag, Rhode Island, a tall, heavily built, and wholesome-looking pedestrian furnished much speculation by a singular lapse of behaviour. He had, it appears, been descending the hill by the road from Chepachet; and encountering the compact section, had turned to his left into the main thoroughfare where several modest business blocks convey a touch of the urban. At this point, without visible provocation, he committed his astonishing lapse; staring queerly for a second at the tallest of the buildings before him, and then, with a series of terrified, hysterical shrieks, breaking into a frantic run which ended in a stumble and fall at the next crossing. Picked up and dusted off by ready hands, he was found to be conscious, organically unhurt, and evidently cured of his sudden nervous attack. He muttered some shamefaced explanations involving a strain he had undergone, and with downcast glance turned back up the Chepachet road, trudging out of sight without once looking behind him. It was a strange incident to befall so large, robust, normal-featured, and capable-looking a man, and the strangeness was not lessened by the remarks of a bystander who had recognized him as the boarder of a well-known dairyman on the outskirts of Chepachet.

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If There Was a Cthulhu-face Emoji, I'd use it Here

I'll spare my thoughts on Lovecraft's xenophobia, but it really is a great story. It captures what I've always loved about Lovecraft - that it leaves enough to the imagination that you fill in terrible and horrifying things on your own, which makes the story that much better. There's enough mystery to his writing that your own visceral fear of the unknown fills in the rest.

The narrator was also quite good. He's improved a lot since I last listened to him - his delivery kind of reminds me of Youtuber Rob Dyke. He approached it with an intensity that I thought really fit the lurking terror of the story. The audio itself sounds fuzzy, but I'm pretty sure that's on my end, some issue with the download or file conversion (I'm informed by Audible Customer Service that it is not normal).
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- Amazon Customer

Vivid and thrilling!

This is a really short story about a lonely and peculiar man known for dabbling in witchcraft and a police officer who witnesses something beyond imagination. The story is intense and filled with vivid imagery.

This is the first HP Lovecraft book I've listened to or read and I enjoyed it. The narrator, Austin Vanfleet is good and builds the intensity of the story with his voice and fluctuations.


I received this book free for an honest review.
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- Erika

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-26-2017
  • Publisher: Red Rock Audio