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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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  • MJ
  • 20-04-20

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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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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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.

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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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  • Mark
  • 18-01-12

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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  • James Turner
  • 11-10-12

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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  • John&Tracy
  • 06-02-19

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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  • David S. Mathew
  • 31-05-16

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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  • Kyle Barnes
  • 27-02-15

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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  • Tyler Huffman
  • 12-10-16

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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  • D. Atkinson
  • 28-01-22

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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  • wise1
  • 09-06-21

Big surprise at the end

The story and performance was very dry for the first 1.5 hrs, as several reviewers have said, it begins to pick up in the last 45 mins, with the last 10 mins really throwing me for a loop - so much so that I want to listen to the first portion again and really pay attention this time. A curious, dated story that’s worth it if you can hang on through the first 1.5 hrs.

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  • edward j. powell
  • 18-10-20

Another great Lovecraft tale

I listened to it all in one sitting on a rainy autumn night. Perfect. The narration by Phil Reynolds was flawless. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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  • Rosanna
  • 24-08-20

I have listened many times

I truly enjoy this book. Each time I listen to it, I hear something new!