Literature of Lovecraft Deluxe USB Edition faux book

The Literature of Lovecraft Audiobook

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A Lovecraftian Collection of Weird Tales

In his Commonplace Book and and his lengthy essay Supernatural Horror in Literature, author H.P. Lovecraft carefully assessed weird tales through the ages. He named a great many stories that he admired. The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has curated a collection of 43 of the best of them and recorded them as audiobooks for your listening enjoyment. Read by the HPLHS' own Andrew Leman and Sean Branney and featuring original music by Troy Sterling Nies, these eerie tales will delight your mind and chill your blood.

This collection features forty three tales totaling roughly fifty hours of thrilling storytelling by masters including Blackwood, Dickens, Kipling, Machen, Chambers, Conan Doyle and Poe. You'll likely meet new authors whose works you may not know. The collection features a special audio Afterword in which Mssrs. Branney and Leman share their thoughts as editors and readers of the collection in a casual conversation.

For more information, please visit the web page for the collection!


  • "The Adventure of the German Student" by Washington Irving
  • "The Avenger of Perdóndaris" by Lord Dunsany
  • "The Bad Lands" by John Metcalfe
  • "The Black Stone" by Robert E. Howard
  • The Boats of the Glen Carrig by William Hope Hodgson
  • "Count Magnus" by M.R. James
  • "The Dead Valley" by Ralph Adams Cram
  • "The Death Mask" by Henrietta Everett
  • "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • "The Ghost of Fear" by H.G. Wells
  • "The Ghostly Kiss" by Lafcadio Hearn
  • "The Horla" by Guy de Maupassant
  • "The House and the Brain" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "The House of Sounds" by Matthew Phipps Shiel
  • "Idle Days on the Yann" by Lord Dunsany
  • "Lot #249" by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "The Man-Wolf" by Erckmann & Chartrian
  • "The Middle Toe of the Right Foot" by Ambrose Bierce
  • "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs
  • "One of Cleopatra's Nights" by Theophile Gauthier
  • "The Phantom Rickshaw" by Ruyard Kipling
  • The Place Called Dagon by Herbert Gorman
  • "Seaton's Aunt" by Walter de la Mare
  • "The Shadows on the Wall" by Mary E. Wilkins
  • "A Shop in Go By Street" by Lord Dunsany
  • "The Signal-Man" by Charles Dickens
  • "Skule Skerry" by John Buchan
  • "The Spider" by Hanns Heinz Ewers
  • "The Story of a Panic" by E.M. Forster
  • "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • "The Tale of Satampra Zeiros" by Clark Ashton Smith
  • "The Tapestried Chamber" by Sir Walter Scott
  • "The Upper Berth" by F. Marion Crawford
  • "The Vampyre" by Johni Polidori
  • "The Venus of Ille" by Prosper Mérimée
  • "The Were Wolf" by Clemence Housman
  • "What Was It?" by Fitz-James O'Brien
  • "The White People" by Arthur Machen
  • "The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains" by Frederick Marryat
  • "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood
  • "The Yellow Sign" by Robert W. Chambers
  • "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Afterword - in which readers Andrew Leman and Sean Branney engage in a lively improvised discussion of the many tales and authors in this collection
  • Outtakes - hear unvarnished audio wipeouts, dialect disasters, textual lamentations and expletive-laden outbursts by your dedicated narrators

Deluxe Edition. Due to the massive size of this collection, we are not offering it on CD (it would take 39 CDs). This collection comes packaged in a custom designed faux library book which artfully holds a custom designed 16Gb USB flash drive containing all of the stories in a format that's permanent, portable and easily added to your audio collection. The Deluxe Edition also comes with a free download of the stories.

Download Edition.  Start enjoying the tales immediately via digital download. No shipping, no taxes, just weird tales! Because the collection is large, we recommend than you download it to a computer first and then sync the files to your phone or tablet - it generally works better that way, although it can be downloaded directly to any device that can manage a 5Gb .zip file.

Free Samples. To give you a taste of the collection, we're giving you two stories to enjoy in their entirety absolutely free

Additional samples - the openings of a few other stories:

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
For Those Who Wish To Broaden Their Classic Weird Fiction Horizons

I am uncertain if its because this is their third foray in audio book recording or if its due to the differing styles of writing and characters, but this particular collection has some really great performances from Messrs. Branney and Leman, maybe even some of their best. That is not of course to suggest the previous two are of lesser quality per se, but perhaps straying from the various constraints of Lovecraft's style of writing freed the intrepid duo and allowed for a more spirited approach to the readings. Whatever the case may be, I really enjoyed my time listening and wanted to take my time and savor each story before moving to the next. Among my very favourite readings is that of "The Yellow Wallpaper." When I first read it years ago I found it somewhat underwhelming and had not thought twice about it since, but Mr. Branney's reading of it is superlative and it is through his performance that I really began to appreciate the subtlety and strangeness of the story as the narrator's state crumbles over the course succinctly told tale. I am very much looking forward to all future installments, and I would absolutely love it if they recorded some more Lovecraft pastiches written by his friends.

Suresh S
A lovely slice of classic weird

Calling these stories Lovecraftian may not be technically accurate, since some of these works predate HPL and were influences on his themes and style. That quibble aside, this is a very fine selection of stories from masters like Poe, Hodgson, MR James, Machen, Blackwood, Maupassant etc.

I have only heard a couple of the stories, but I can say here that the readings are quite professionally done, and I imagine the rest to be so. They do a good job of trying to imitate the voices of the characters in dialect / diction. The stories themselves, I have read most of them and they represent quite the cream of vintage weird fiction. You have excellent variation between short mood pieces and lengthy elaborate adventures (divided into chapters for convenient listening), and also in terms of the difference in styles between the authors. In all, this is a winning curated collection that promises great entertainment - all that one needs is a cold night, a fireplace and some nice hot beverage to go with.

Thoroughly enjoying it...

Really nice readings of the stories. Listening to these adds another dimension from actually reading them.

Just to reiterate from another review, trying to get this collection in one book is near impossible. This is the next best thing.

The "book" containing the USB drive is about the size THE COMPLETE FICTION OF H.P. LOVECRAFT book and is a nice touch complete with a library check-out card filled with names of those that have borrowed it out.

The other HPLHS audio-books will soon be on their way...

Excellent recordings, but...

I got the deluxe version... but for something called "deluxe," you would think that a track listing would be included. Nope. There's more information on this web-page than is included in the book-looking box. There would be plenty of room to include some kind of list. But no.

Beyond what is listed on this page, a "deluxe" list should include the time-length of each track, the original date of publication, the name of the periodical or collection the story comes from, and finally, a short note about where and how HPL mentioned that particular story.

The second track starts off telling us how the recordings were made, and relates that this is envisioned as the first installment of a series of recordings. Then, we are told to stop listening to that track if we want to avoid spoilers. If an answer to my complaint is included therein, forgive me: I have yet to hear the remainder of that track. Perhaps there should have been *two* editorial tracks, with the spoilers saved until the very end. Still, rather than waiting around for installment two, at very least a deluxe-quality list should be published here on this web-page.

The sound-quality of the recordings is excellent: crystal-clear. The readings are convincingly performed.

We provide extensive information about the book's contents at (see link in red above on this page). The link is also provided on the library card in the faux book. The page contains all of the kinds of information that this reviewer is looking for.

Presentation is Everything!

I have purchased all three audiobooks as they were released. While the readings have retained their high professional standards throughout as one would expect from the HPLHS, I have appreciated the successive refinements of the "book" boxes for each release from the clunky first audiobook to the spectacular new case for The Literature of Lovecraft!

Even though the downloads are a convenient way to enjoy the readings, don't deny yourself the visual and tactual pleasure of the Deluxe Edition of this release.