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  • Into the Black

  • Tales of Lovecraftian Terror
  • By: William Meikle
  • Narrated by: Mike Cuellar
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
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Into the Black

By: William Meikle
Narrated by: Mike Cuellar
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Summary

In this collection, you'll find some Mi-Go, Yog-Sototh, Shoggoths, King Arthur, British soldiers, some Deep Ones, scientists of various competencies, Roman centurions, the Antoinine Wall, a fair bit of singing, and some green blobby stuff. 

Twelve Lovecraftian tales, all previous published in anthologies.

©2019 William Meikle (P)2020 William Meikle

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-22

Lovecraftian fix

Good stories and narration! I’m a big lovecraft fan and this is a collection of pretty good stories.

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  • Old Man Parker
  • 20-11-22

Excellent Historical-Mythos story telling

"Into the Black" is rollicking adventure with historical heroes battling eldritch horrors.

I am an enormous fan of H. P. Lovecraft. So it follows I've collected and read/listened to many mythos books as well - all I can get my hands on.

That being said, I was happily surprised at the quality writing of William Meikle.
This may well be my favorite Mythos collection.
It far surpasses the "vague threat" mythos-collections where it's all about mood and creeping-insanity, and you never actually encounter a creature.

It's also not reduced to teenagers fighting Cthulhu with writing aimed at a 7th grade reading skill set.

It's also not a slap in your face with relentlessly brutally depressing endings. Sure this isn't the "Happy Puppy" collection, but evil doesn't always win and we are given just enough light to fight on, for country and king.

At first I was a little unsure of Mike Cuellar's reading. However, his direct narration solidifies up and he never wavers from presenting the text clearly. I was afraid he sounded slightly new to this work, but he kept up a quality read through out, and by the end I couldn't remember exactly what about his reading made me nervous in the first place.

Perhaps I'm paranoid about being burned by Audible.com's lack of quality control, and the overly large amount of awful narrators too often ruining good books - especially in their "Weird Fiction" collections.

INTO THE BLACK is well researched, smartly written, and nicely read, mythos tales.
This is a real gem of an audio-book.

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  • Janel
  • 02-02-21

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Great stories, but the narration sounds like a listening to a community theater during dress rehearsal

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  • latasha
  • 21-08-20

where he lies, where he lies....

William Meikle has done it again! This is a great collection of Lovecraftian tales. From Roman soldiers battling Yog-Sothoth, to a retelling of The Horror at Red Hook, there is something here for everyone. All the stories are written perfectly. Each one kept me interested. They are all good but I think i liked the retelling of Red Hook the best or the first story. I laughed a few times during the King Arthur one. I listened to the audio book which is narrated by Mike Cuellar. He does a great job reading and with the accents. I requested this audio book in exchange for a honest review. This is it.

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  • Matthew
  • 19-08-20

Very enjoyable.

I received a free copy, in exchange for an honest review.
That said, I really enjoyed this.
The first story was my favorite. It invoked an image of a guy, with full ashtray and a bottle of cheap whiskey, recording the events of a horrible happening that he'd experienced; into a reel-to-reel recorder.
The only thing that could have made this better, would be a full-cast performance; with sound effects.

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  • Laura
  • 14-08-20

The Beginning Was Good

I started out enjoying these tales of Lovecraftian Terror; however, as the stories continued I started to find that the continuous repetition of some of the same phrases got to be repetitive and therefore the end result was somewhat disappointing. On the whole the stories are entertaining, just not as diverse as I was expecting. Mike Cuellar does a good job in his narration. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.