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The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
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An escaped madman. Unspeakable research into the blackest depths of the occult. Shadowy figures ruthlessly pursuing unholy secrets. Will a young man’s thirst for knowledge push him over the brink to madness, or will it lead him to a fate far, far worse?

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Public Domain (P)2012 HPLHS, Inc.

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Another Macabre Tale

Sinister and frightening.

I listened to the Case of Charles Dexter Ward at night. That was a mistake. It was one of the more frightening stories, especially toward the end of the tale, while it was reaching its climax.

It wasn't overwhelmingly unexpected in any sense, but it was still a worthwhile read.

I definitely recommend this story, and the HP Lovecraft historical society have again made a great performance.

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  • Tim LeFave
  • 27-01-2020

This might be the best episode of DART!

I love this episode! It's epic and horrifying, at times heartbreaking and at all times amazing. The flashbacks are so well done. The actors make the family relationship of the Ward's so believable which pays off so well at the end. The music in this episode is so spot on for enhancing the scenes and the sound effects are chilling. DART just keeps getting better.

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  • jesse shively
  • 22-07-2019

Fun listen

Very well done! They did great capturing that one time radio show feel. It's a fun listen.

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  • Eric Fournier
  • 01-10-2018

Great work by the HPLHS

A great story by HP Lovecraft and a great radio drama adaptation by the HPLHS .

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  • Phillip Fitzsimmons
  • 04-08-2020

A Double Helping

This is a fully developed dramatic presentation of one of Lovecraft’s foundational pieces. Well done.


I just finished listening to it a second time. It stands up to listening to again. A second listen add A to my appreciation of the dramatization and the original.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-07-2020

Another great addition to a great series!

Great narration and production. All of the effects made this story so much more enthralling. I would love to see this story made into a movie or tv series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-2020

Lovely little pulp story

Probably my favorite HPLHS production yet but I have only listened to Innsmouth and Mountains so far. This had good performances and immersion that I could really enjoy while I exercise. Also great for a road trip at night through stormy weather.