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H.P. LOVECRAFT SHORT STORY COLLECTION II, iPod CD
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H.P. Lovecraft Short Story Collection II
by H. P. Lovecraft
THIS One Cd FEATURES THE COMPLETE UNABRIDGED SHORT STORY COLLECTION OF 7
H.P. LOVECRAFT TALES
The Cats of Ulthar
mentioned this tale tells of the forming of the law "that in Ulthar no
man may kill a cat". Previously to this an old cotter and his wife took
great delight in slaughtering the cats of their neighborhood in some
unknown yet horrid manner. After they kill the kitten of Menes, an
orphan of the strange wanderers who visit the town, he utters a strange
prayer before he and his people disappear forever that evening. In
response to that prayer that night the cats of the town descend on the
old cotters house, witnessed by Atal, and presumably kill and eat them
READ BY SARAH JENNINGS
The Crawling Chaos
story begins with narrator describing the effects of opium and the
fantastical vistas it can inspire. The narrator then tells of his sole
experience with opium in which he was administered an overdose during
the "year of the plague".
a disembodied sensation of falling, the narrator finds himself within a
strange beautiful room containing exotic furniture, where a sound of
pounding from outside inspires an inexplicable sense of dread within
the narrator. Determined to identify the origin of this sound, the
narrator moves towards a window and observes a terrifying scene of
fifty-foot waves and seething vortex thirty feet below where he is
standing, consuming the shoreline at an incredible rate.
Read by D.E. Wittkower
is written in first person and tells of the dreams of a presumably
dying man. In his dreams, the man is walking through a valley and
encounters a vine-covered wall with a locked bronze gate therein. He
longs to know what lies beyond the gate.
one night, the man dreams of the dream-city Zakarion, in which he finds
a yellowed papyrus written by wise dream-sages who exist only within
the dream world. The papyrus tells of the gate, with varying accounts
of what lies beyond: some of the dream-sages tell of immense wonders,
while other tell of horror and disappointment.
Read by: Maxim Lenyadin
The Nameless City
Nameless City of the story's title is an ancient ruin located somewhere
in the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula and is older than any human
ancient times, the Nameless City was built and inhabited by an unnamed
race of reptilian humanoids with a body shaped like a cross between a
crocodile and a seal. These beings moved by crawling; thus, the
architecture of the city has very low ceilings and some places are too
low for a human being to stand upright. Their city was originally
coastal, but when the seas receded it was left in the depths of a
desert. This resulted in the decline and eventual ruin of the city.
protagonist of "The Nameless City" states that "it was of this place
that Abdul Alhazred the mad poet [author of the Necronomicon] dreamed
of" the night before he sang his unexplained couplet:
"That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die."
Read by Mark Nelson
The Picture in the House
Picture in the House" begins with something of a manifesto for the
series of horror stories Lovecraft would write set in an imaginary New
England countryside that would come to be known as Lovecraft Country:
Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places. For them are the
catacombs of Ptolemais, and the carven mausolea of the nightmare
countries. They climb to the moonlit towers of ruined Rhine castles,
and falter down black cobwebbed steps beneath the scattered stones of
forgotten cities in Asia. The haunted wood and the desolate mountain
are their shrines, and they linger around the sinister monoliths on
uninhabited islands. But the true epicure of the terrible, to whom a
new thrill of unutterable ghastliness is the chief end and
justification of existence, esteem most of all the ancient, lonely
farmhouses of backwoods New England; for there the dark elements of
strength, solitude, grotesqueness, and ignorance combine to form the
perfection of the hideous.
Lovecraft critic Peter Cannon writes, "Here Lovecraft serves notice
that he will rely less on stock Gothic trappings and more on his native
region as a source for horror." Lovecraft's analysis of the
psychological roots of New England horror is echoed in his discussion
of Nathaniel Hawthorne in the essay "Supernatural Horror in
The story introduces two of Lovecraft Country's most famous elements:
I had been travelling for some time amongst the people of the
Miskatonic Valley in quest of certain genealogical data.... Now I found
myself upon an apparently abandoned road which I had chosen as the
shortest cut to Arkham.
location is further developed in this tale, but Lovecraft had placed
the foundations for one of the most enduring settings in weird fiction.
Read by Glen Hallstrom
The Statement of Randolph Carter
Statement of Randolph Carter" is the first person, apparently verbatim,
testimony of the titular character, who has been found wandering
through swampland in an amnesiaic shock. In his statement, Carter
attempts to explain the disappearance of his companion, the occultist
the story, Warren has come into the possession of a book written in an
unknown language that he forbids Carter from seeing. Carter mentions
that Warren has other "strange, rare books on forbidden subjects",
several of which are in Arabic, though Lovecraft's fabled Necronomicon
is never mentioned.
Read by Glen Hallstrom
Tomb" tells of Jervas Dudley, and how he was always a dreamer. In the
woods one day, he finds the entrance to a cave of the Hyde family's
tomb. On impulse, he tries to move the door but can't, so he goes home
and finds a key in his attic. This he takes with him and opens the door
to the crypt.
Inside he finds an empty coffin with his name on the plate, and he begins to sleep in it each night.
Read by D.E. Wittkower
Read by Various readers
Approx. running time 2 1/2 hours