Narrator: Neil Hellegers
Published by Listen2aBook.com on 27 August 2015
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
Genres: Classic Literature (no longer accepting), Horror
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Charles Ward, even as a child, had always wandered the streets of ancient Providence, drawn inexorably to its domes and spires, its hills and homes, its history and its haunts. His antiquarian habits were always just so: an innocent preoccupation with the city and its wonders. Yet, when the discovery of a shadowy ancestor exposes an eldritch malevolence long thought to be contained, Charles must resist the dark grip of his fascination, before it consumes him, and his world, completely.
Please enjoy this new reading of a rare full-length tale from H. P. Lovecraft, the original master of the cosmic macabre, dedicated to the 125th Anniversary of his birth.
Public Domain (P)2015 Neil Hellegers
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Charles Dexter Ward is fascinated by all things old. In his research, he discovers that he is the ancestor of a mysterious and shadowy figure who terrorized Eighteenth Century Providence. Charles becomes obsessed with finding not only all he can about the man, but also his methods. Soon, he finds himself mired in witchcraft, necromancy and alchemy, perhaps too deep to save his own soul.
Though written in the early Twentieth Century, this tale reads with a distinctly Nineteenth Century feel. Lovecraft spends much of the book creating mood through elaborate description and allusion. This is not what most modern readers/listeners are used to. Stick with it, and you are rewarded with a dark and troubling tale. Most of the action is alluded to, not described in detail, but is horrifying none-the-less.
For many lovers of horror, it is important to look to the past for the inspiration to our modern stories. Certainly H.P. Lovecraft stands tall. There is a penetrating dark mood and helplessness that permeates the story. The listener feels as trapped as Charles’ family as they watch him change from a youth full of promise and curiosity to a somber, secretive man who locks himself in his laboratory chanting unearthly spells in the dead of night.
The story is narrated by Neil Hellegers. His brilliant performance literally raises the tiny hairs on the back of one’s neck. It just doesn’t get better. You may find yourself hearing his deep voice in your mind when you hear a bump in the night.
If you like Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells, Bram Stoker (Dracula), Mary Shelley (Frankenstein), you will very likely enjoy this story. If long descriptions and a slowly constructed plot have discouraged you in the past, don’t give up so easily. Give it another try; you may be surprised how much you like a richly developed story. The greater the challenge, the greater the reward.
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