H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Statement of Randolph Carter”

H. P. Lovecraft

Over on the YouTube, there’s an individual who goes by the name of Kuwasseg, who has hit on a simple, but absolutely terrific, idea. The website LibriVox.org offers audiobook-style readings of public domain literature. The recordings themselves are also in the public domain. Mr. Kuwasseg has, with pictures and sound and music, virtually illustrated some of these recordings, and to great effect. (NOTE: It now appears that the original audio was not from LibriVox. My mistake. At any rate, LibriVox is a terrific organization; you should check them out. — PB) The material in question is by that venerable author of the weird fiction, Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Kuwasseg uses imagery that, while not directly tied to the narrative, nicely adds to the overall creepy atmospherics of Lovecraft’s prose. It works wonderfully, especially coupled with the Boris Karloff-like sepulchral tones of the narrator, Peter Yearsley Glenn Hallstrom of the narration.

Take a look at the whole kit-and-kaboodle HERE

4 Responses to “H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Statement of Randolph Carter””

  1. Peter Yearsley Says:

    Nope, it’s not me reading the story. I don’t recognise the voice, but have been out of touch from Librivox for a couple of months. Well paced, well suited to the story.

  2. paulbaack Says:

    Thanks for the correction, Peter. I thought I recognized your voice from your masterful reading of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by MR. James. Hope you don’t mind the comparison to Karloff.

    As it turns out, the narration on this “Randolph Carter” story is by Mr. Glenn Hallstrom, who’s done other terrific jobs on Lovecraft material for LibriVox, and who is now duly credited.

  3. paulbaack Says:

    As a quick postscript, I just took a quick listen to the official LibriVox recording of this story, read by Glenn Hallstrom. And the narration on this video is definitely not his.

    At this point, it seems that the original audio is not from LibriVox — my mistake, based on an assumption. Oh, hell… I think I’ll let the post stand as-is; it is a nice little blurb for the good folks at LibriVox.

  4. a mystery! ….

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