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Publisher's Summary

The perfect H. P. Lovecraft title to follow on from 2010's At the Mountains of Madness, and the only HPL title not to appear in a periodical! Perfect also because it is split in to 5 distinct chapters...ripe for abridgement into five half-hour episodes!

The Shadow Over Innsmouth tells the first-person story of a young historian, Robert Olmstead, who, while investigating his family genealogy in New England, is intrigued to learn about a hated and mysterious fishing town called Innsmouth. When he visits he finds the place to be run-down and near-deserted, with a cult-like religion and a strange, degenerate population. His investigation soon turns into a race to escape the town and the the evil creatures he sees emerging from the sea.

The Shadow Over Innsmouth was written by H. P. Lovecraft in 1931 and is the only one of his works of fiction not to have initially been published as part of a periodical. It continues HPL's Cthulhu Mythos, featuring townspeople worshipping the elder sea god Dagon and mentioning the mysterious Shoggoth creature of his other works.

Howard Phillips "H. P." Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 - March 15, 1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction. As early as the 1940s, Lovecraft had developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fiction featuring a pantheon of humanity-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical.

Although Lovecraft's audience was limited during his life, his reputation has grown and he is now regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century. Stephen King called him "the 20th century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." This 2011 adaptation comprises five episodes, originally aired on BBC Radio 4 Extra, once again read by the superb Richard Coyle and featuring music by acclaimed composer Jon Nicholls. The series is offered here in exclusive extended edition.

©2011 Ladbroke Productions (Radio) Ltd (P)2011 Spokenworld Audio/Ladbroke Audio Ltd

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Drove me insane!

Loved this! Richard Doyle narration is top level, it's easy to listen to and the music and sound effects make the whole experience very immersive! I highly recommend for anyone who is a longtime or new to Lovecraft's tales.

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  • Melody Gosling
  • 16-07-2018

Fantastic!

This is a fantastic telling of The Shadow over
Innsmouth. Everything was great the narrator, music, sound effects etc... Definitely recommend!

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  • Corin
  • 25-04-2018

Gothic classic

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I recommend this book but to whom? Very few like Lovecraft or have even heard of him.

What other book might you compare The Shadow over Innsmouth to, and why?

The case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Call of Cthulhu

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending - so gently introduced but inevitable

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-2018

Gripping and Beautiful

Couldn't stop listening it was simply amazing the reading made it all seem too real!

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  • Katie
  • 09-01-2018

Excellent retelling

After only hearing snatches on BBC R4Extra great to catch the complete story. Very Atmospheric.

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  • Max Bell
  • 07-11-2017

Excellent narration

Richard Coyle has the perfect voice for this story - he does a very fine job indeed. I immediately went and purchased 'At the Mountains of Madness' (also read by Coyle) since I enjoyed this so much.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-04-2017

Exceeds expectations

Excellent, evocative, narration enhanced by atmospheric soundtrack. Memorably eerie. Pacing and production serve to bring this story to life.

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  • nogginthenog
  • 15-10-2016

Classic horror

If you could sum up The Shadow over Innsmouth in three words, what would they be?

Classic Lovecraft horror

Have you listened to any of Richard Coyle’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Excellent narration - nailed it

Any additional comments?

Listening to a book often gives you a new perspective on it - as with this - a classic and familiar Lovecraft tale, which is nicely freshened up. The narration is spot-on and the sound effects and music are nicely atmospheric.

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  • lorna c.
  • 28-06-2016

excellent radio adaption, cracking narration

I've lost count of how often I've listen to this audiobook . I love it

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  • DarkSkies
  • 11-02-2016

Why Abridged?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

As a short story there is no real reason for it to be abridged. The background music/effects track can sometimes be excellently scary and at other times overpowering, getting in the way of the performance.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Old Zadok without a doubt!

What about Richard Coyle’s performance did you like?

Richard Coyle is, as always, superb.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Hell yes!

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