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When too much Cthulhu is barely enough

Posted October 24, 2014 into Books by John Birmingham

Open Culture has kindly gathered up all the free HP Lovecraft audio books in existence and bundled them in one terrorlicious post for you download at your convenience.

How many Lovecraft works? Pretty much all of them. The stories have slipped into the public domain and mad fans of the Olde Ones have been recording their own versions. There are also professional readings of everything from The Call of Cthulu to The Dunwich Horror, and a radio dramatization of The Color out of Space.

All the good free stuff is here.

From Open Culture:

The early twentieth century author spent almost his entire life in the New England of his birth, drawing on its many oddities in obscure stories published in pulp magazines—notably the influential Weird Tales. Hypochondriac, hyper-sensitive, and reclusive in later life, Lovecraft survived on a dwindling inheritance and never achieved much recognition. But in death, he has spawned a formidable cult who immerse themselves in a universe created from references to the occult, demonology, and various mythological archetypes. However overwrought his prose, Lovecraft’s work can be situated in a long literary tradition of influence, and a Lovecraft circle continued to expand his vision of scientific and supernatural horror after his death... Listening to Lovecraft is an excellent, as well as convenient, way to experience his work. His florid, often archaic, and melodramatic descriptions lend themselves perfectly to aural interpretations.

15 Responses to ‘When too much Cthulhu is barely enough’

Chaz ducks in to say...

Posted October 24, 2014
Nice retro feel listening to cthulhugoodness

Anthony is gonna tell you...

Posted October 24, 2014

Surely you mean Cthulubadness?

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Surtac would have you know...

Posted October 24, 2014
Cthulu as audio is teh awesome.

Were you folks not aware of HPPodcraft.com? Do yourselves a favour.

Barnesm reckons...

Posted October 24, 2014
Thanks for that Surtac I perfer my audiobooks to be ipodable.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 25, 2014
If you don't tell your children about C'thulhu, they will learn about C'thulhu on the street, or the locker room, or from other disreputable sources.

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Darth Greybeard mutters...

Posted October 25, 2014
I'm going to make myself a target here maybe and say that Lovecraft's literary descendants and pastiche makers are actually a heck of a lot better than the man himself. I find Charles Stross' Laundry Files great fun while HP's stuff is as turgid and repetitive as it is morbid. No denying his influence though. Hellboy FTW.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted October 25, 2014
We all agree with you, more or less. But HP was the source, and there is something pure about his stuff, even if it is a bit clumsy.

I enjoy Robert E. Howard for the same reasons.

Darth Greybeard would have you know...

Posted October 25, 2014
I agree, including the guilty (in my case) enjoyment of Robert E Howard. When authors with more modern attitudes took over from Howard, the stories just weren't the same. Thoughtful and considerate Conan? Give me sorcerers, monsters, giant apes to cleave and princesses to rescue. And blood, lots of blood.

I'll just go and lie down now.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted October 25, 2014
When I was 13 years old Howard's works inspired me to write one of my first short stories entitled Larry the Barbarian. It was about a barbarian who got no respect from other barbarians because his name is Larry.

How I yearn for those simple days - when everything and everyone was simple.

Sudragon reckons...

Posted October 25, 2014
I like the Laundry Files stories... It's funny, funny, spy stuff, funny, then the blood hits the walls and you want to stop reading as part of your brain gibbers in the corner.

Arguments could be made about connections between IS(IL)(IS) and CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN.

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NBlob mutters...

Posted October 26, 2014
Has anyone seen GreyBeard & Cthulu in the same room at the same time?
Just saying.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted October 27, 2014
GreyBeard has been seen with Yog-Sothoth, but that doesn't mean GreyBeard isn't C'thulhu: they might have been exchanging contact information.

NBlob mutters...

Posted October 27, 2014
I was going to ask how you told them apart, then I read more; One dim & bearded oblate sphere against a conglomeration of glowing spheres.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted October 27, 2014
Your familiarity with the Outer Gods impresses me.

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Mandy asserts...

Posted October 27, 2014
There's an Australian Cthulhu anthology about to come out that sounds promising - called Cthulhu Down Under. Cthulhu in a caravan park, anyone?

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