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The Shadow over Innsmouth

By: H. P. Lovecraft
Narrated by: Phil Reynolds
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Publisher's Summary

Considered to the be one of most influential American authors, Howard Philip Lovecraft is synonymous with some of the best fantasy and horror fiction of the 20th century, second only to Edgar Allan Poe.

Innsmouth is a dilapidated seaside town with secrets as a hybrid race of half-human and half-amphibian creatures worship the gods of Cthulhu and Dagon…. Written in 1931, and published by the Visionary Publishing Company some five years later.

”It’s a genre blessed with many great stylists, H. P.Lovecraft’s baroque imagination and outrageous use of language still manages to stand head and shoulders above the rest. A timeless master of the macabre and the true connoisseur of dread.” (Michael Marshall-Smith)

©2009 Fantom Films (P)2009 Fantom Films

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Great Rendition of Lovecraft's Story

Phil Reynolds did a very nice job on this story. Lovecraft can be hard to read at times, but Reynolds did very well with it. I had already read the story a few years ago, but wanted to experience it again. I'm picky about my narrators, but enjoyed this edition.

It's a great story, and definitely shows Lovecraft at the top of his form. If you have the time, I'd recommend starting with his earlier works and working through them. He is somewhat of an acquired taste.

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Probably Lovecraft's best book

Would you listen to The Shadow over Innsmouth again? Why?

I have listened to 'Shadow' three times now since downloading it just a few months back- yes, its that good!
This is easily Lovecraft's best book, and the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing it to life.
Anyone who has ever spent time in a remote community where they have felt uneasy and unwelcome will certainly recognise the mood of the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow over Innsmouth?

The best moment in the book is the twist in the tale and I don't want to be a spoiler!

What does Phil Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator delivers the prose with such skill and poise you are just carried along with him. His accent skills when needed are top-knotch.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made multiple shivers run down my spine.

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Outstanding

I’m a huge Lovecraft fan, and this is one of the better reads of this particular story that I’ve found.

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Not the best narrator

I love H.P. Lovecraft and The Shadow Over Innsmouth is one of his best stories. Unfortunately, this recording's narrator does not convey much if any feeling whatsoever in his recitation of the narrative, making it very dry, matter-of-fact-and dull.

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...My Introduction To Lovecraft...

Any additional comments?

As you may have gathered from the title of my review, "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" was my first exposure to any of H.P. Lovecraft's work. I am now a fan.

This is a GREAT place to start with if you've never read any Lovecraft before. Most people gravitate towards his most popular work, "The Necronomicon", but I would definitely recommend checking this one out first. This story is a nice way to slowly get accustomed to this author's style and overall weirdness before plunging in head first into The Necronomicon.

The narration performance on this audiobook is FANTASTIC. Phil Reynolds' voice fits Lovecraft's spookiness perfectly.

I was really impressed with this one. Buy it if you dare!

9.09 / 10.00

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I'a Dagon!

A fantastic reading of a bone-chilling classic. If you're at all curious about what lies in the deep, I'd highly recommend this.

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One of Lovecrafts best...

If you want a grisly tail filled with atmosphere and subtly, look no further than a shadow over innsmouth. This books reputation as one of H.P. Lovecrafts most memorable tails is not unearned, and the performance of Phil Reynolds does this piece especial justice with his portrayal of the tale's fatally curious protagonist.

if you've heard of Lovecraft through his Cthulu mythos and would like to test his works for yourself, there is no better a starting point than Innsmouth, and this reading is of especial quality for the uninitiated.

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  • 06-20-11

The Shadow Over Innsmouth

Very good book. I would have rated it 5 but I guess I have been biased over today's more graphic books of this nature. There were several instances where I got shivers while listening. Very enjoyable.

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Less Racist Than I Was Expecting

I think it’s interesting to listen to the works of someone who helped to launch and codify a genre even if you don’t personally like their style.

The story itself is a slow burn and the only real emotional stakes happen at the end (and, I’ll grant, would not have paid off without the setting and build up of the mythos within the story). It’s ultimately not very frightening, or even very creepy, but it does provide fuel for the imagination.

Lovecraft’s xenophobia is on full display in this story with references to non-white “races” always being pejorative. It’s not hard to make a connection between his deep discomfort with other people and the cosmic horrors of his work. I’m really glad queer writers and writers of color have taken over the genre.

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Boring, repetitive and rambling.

I like HPL a lot, but this story is the worst I’ve read. Two very long, rambling sections go on and on about the streets of Innsmouth, taking pains to describe each section, which are largely the same, and using the same rods over and over again to describe the buildings and denizens. Words like decrepit, shambling, and furtive are used over and over again as if he forgot any other descriptive words. He must have lost his thesaurus while writing this. The performance was pretty good, though the British accented narrator did a very poor job attempting to read the accents in the story.

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  • Barbara
  • 02-03-11

Disappointed

I didn't like Phil Reynolds' narration of this story at all - his attempts at an American accent were awful! Instead, you'd do better looking for Garrick Hagon's readings of the tales (recorded in the 80s), or, failing that, Wayne June's.

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  • MJ
  • 04-20-20

A Thrilling Lovecraftian Narrative

A tale of discovery through uncertainty and delirium.

A man travels the New England coast only to come across a fotlrsaken and odd town, only later to discover what lurks within that place and later on, himself.

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  • sarahl
  • 04-07-18

truly brilliant

I had never read a HP Lovecraft book and was pleasantly surprised now I want to read more of his work
The narrator was also fantastic with change of accents and tones

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  • SnapWriter
  • 06-16-16

An EXCELLENT edition

Phil Reynolds does a great job of the New England accents, his tone is just right, and the story, of course, is portentous from the beginning. One of the original 'Mysterious Little Town' stories. Definitely one for the best horror stories ever written list, which has inspired everyone from Dean Koontz (see 'Midnight') and Stephen King, to the late, great James Herbert.