This is the completionist's edition of the work of H.P. Lovecraft! Literally every single weird-fiction story he wrote, revised, or collaborated on - to the best of our knowledge - is in this one enormous volume.
The stories are arranged chronologically and contextualized with a brief running biography of the life of this fascinating author. If you're new to Lovecraft, reading or listening to this book will make you enough of an expert on his life and work to hold your own in any conversation. If you only own one H.P. Lovecraft collection, it should probably be this one.
In addition to The Call of Cthulhu (of course), this edition includes:
- At the Mountains of Madness
- The Shadow Over Innsmouth
- The Mound (with Zealia Bishop)
- The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
- Pickman's Model
- The Horror in the Museum (with Hazel Heald)
- The Thing on the Doorstep
- The Whisperer in Darkness
- Two Black Bottles (with Wilfred Blanch Talman)
- The Dunwitch Horror
- The Colour out of Space
- The Night Ocean (with R.H. Barlow)
- The Dreams in the Witch-House
- Cool Air
- The Trap (with Henry S. Whitehead)
- The Rats in the Walls
- The Shunned House
- Under the Pyramids (with Harry Houdini)
- In the Vault
- The Silver Key
- The Horror at Martin's Beach (with Sonia Haft Green)
- The Music of Erich Zann
- Herbert West, Reanimator
- The Disinterment (with Duane W. Rimel)
- The Outsider
- The Other Gods
- And several dozen more.
- Alex Donovan
Classics read right by Finn John
I've read a collection of Lovecraft before this, but it has been a while, so I thought I would give one of my favorite Audible readers, Finn John, a try. The reading is perfectly matched for the author. I was surprised that the collection includes not only stories that Lovecraft wrote himself, but also works that he assisted, or ghost wrote for. On top of that, you are provided insight about Lovecraft's life at the time that each work was written.
- Wade Lancaster
For Lovecraft’s Fans
This encompasses most of Lovecraft’s writings. There are several different versions. Some come in 2 or 3 parts from the same publisher. This seems to be the best for the money. The narrator is just average. Check out some of the other comprehensive books, especially from the Lovecraftian Society. That one has more enthusiastic narrators.
- Mark Nash
A massive & organised look at Lovecrafts works
Having such a massive collection is hard to navigate (and with Audible's inability to name chapters) this could be a chore. To this end Pulp-Lit have given us an index on their website of chapter names you can print out from pulp-lit.com/360/ This is added to splitting the chapters into sets of books, adding in introductions to each story and stating the title at the start of each story.
Right from the opening you can feel the care with which this collection has been compiled and narrated. They update this yearly with corrections, quality improvements and other fixes, which is admirable, and a sign that this is a passion and not just a sale. The introduction sets you up for the tales and while Lovecraft's early works are somewhat mixed are worth your time.
The narration is mostly on point and told matter-of-factly (not dramatised as in other releases which might not be to your taste) however when the material is campy or ironic they do try a more frivolous tone to suit their interpretation of the material. I liked the general presentation with each story preceded with a chapter on the times and context of the tale (which also helps you find your place in the collection by clicking on the the shorter length chapters).
I would deem this an extremely well crafted and presented collection, worthy of the material and satisfying to listen to. For new comers you might like to delve into the mans greatest tales first and then go back to those that lead to them. I would recommend: Shadow over Innsmouth, The Outsider, The Colour out of Space, The Dunwitch Horror, The Call of Cthulhu, Herbert West, Reanimator and At the Mountains of Madness