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Publisher's Summary

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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I was gripped by the plot and the actors absolutely blew the performance away !!
Awesome work

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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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  • Luke
  • 06-07-2021

Longer than others, two great parts

These dramas are phenomenal. I love the radio theme, the sound effects, the acting, the story! Couldn't ask for more.

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  • S. Cushing
  • 23-12-2020

My favorite Lovecraft story brought to vivid life

I tried out Charles Dexter Ward after enjoying a couple other dark radio theater productions. This one blew me away. All the essentials of the original story are included with more drama to keep your interest and the brilliant use of sound effects to create atmosphere. When the narrator descends into the catacombs, I felt like I was right there with him. Using a credit might seem a little expensive for a two hour audiobook, but really it's a steal. I'm already sure that I'll listen to this one again several times. If you like supernatural horror at all, you owe it to yourself to try this.

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  • Emily Han
  • 28-10-2020

The ending is the only shortcoming

The original story has always been a love-hate piece for me, because the concept is so good and quite the Lovecraftian narrative set piece, but the writing style is just so unnecessarily long and winding, that I find myself falling asleep listening to unabridged audiobooks of the story. Luckily, we have HPLHS to bring us just the right amount of action and dramatic tension, without the long grind through antiquarian details!

To be honest, I have some huge gripes about the ending bit HPLHS decided to put in. It's cheesy in old pulp radio play fashion, I know, but it kinda ruined the melancholic air they have so elegantly woven together near the end. Other than that, great, great performance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-09-2020

Excellent Telling

This radio drama was a joy to listen to. As with all their productions any Lovecraft fan should give them a listen!

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  • M.Biblioswine
  • 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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-09-2021

Excellent 1930's style radio play

excellent 1930s style radio play which follows very closely the original short story by the master

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-2021

Great performances, just one issue..

I really enjoyed, the adaptation was good and the performances were excellent. however... I could have done without the interruption of the episodic device and its accompanying adverts... took me out of the immersion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-2021

A story within a story within...

Saying this as a non-native English speaker this audiobook needs your utmost attention and concention. It is both longer and thus harder to follow compared to HPL's shorter novellas. Despite it's length it's still a good story and a must-listen for a HPL fan.

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  • Rohan Charlesworth
  • 27-12-2020

pretty dang good

Willet's voice actor put on an amazing performance.

wish there were more audio dramas by this company.

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