The Collected Public Domain Works of H. P. Lovecraft

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(4.5 stars; 472 reviews)

H. P. Lovecraft’s name is synonymous with horror fiction. His major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally alien. This collection contains 24 Lovecraft works that are in the public domain. You'll find more versions of these stories throughout LibriVox's short story collections and short horror story collections. (adapted from Wikipedia) (7 hr 39 min)


The Alchemist 19:23 Read by Keith Worrell
The Beast In Cave 14:17 Read by Scott Carpenter
Beyond Wall of Sleep 32:54 Read by D.E. Wittkower
The Cats of Ulthar 8:44 Read by jpontoli
Celephais 19:31 Read by Garrett Fitzgerald
The Crawling Chaos 16:54 Read by Joseph Canna
Dagon 14:56 Read by Michael Sample
Doom That Came to Sarnath, The 18:18 Read by Matt Bohnhoff
Ex Oblivione 4:44 Read by jpontoli
Facts Concerning Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family 34:13 Read by Victoria Horsman
Herbert West: Reanimator, Part A 39:54 Read by Matt Bohnhoff
Herbert West: Reanimator, Part B 40:57 Read by Matt Bohnhoff
Memory 2:48 Read by Varra Unreal
The Music of Erich Zann 18:50 Read by Cameron Halket
The Nameless City 28:02 Read by Scott Carpenter
Nyarlathotep 8:21 Read by Durant Haire
The Picture in House 23:43 Read by Sandra Zera
Polaris 9:48 Read by jpontoli
A Reminiscence Of Dr. Samuel Johnson 11:37 Read by Cameron Halket
The Statement of Randolph Carter 13:23 Read by Joseph Canna
The Street 14:31 Read by Sarah Jennings
The Terrible Old Man 6:45 Read by Keith Worrell
The Tomb 25:58 Read by jpontoli
The Tree 11:14 Read by Michael Sample
The White Ship 19:54 Read by D.E. Wittkower


Master of the macabre

(4.5 stars)

HP Lovecraft truly is a master of the supernatural and macabre and this is a pretty good collection of his eerie and strange tales. Some of the readers aren't so great but I didn't volunteer and so I thank them all. I recommend reading all Lovecraft's works yourself and only then pass judgment. My review is that this collection is badass.

Hit and miss

(4 stars)

Wish I could rate individual chapters. Most readers were exceptional, but a few were unintelligible. For example, Librivox shouldn't be a place for novices to practice their English, pronouncing every word phonetically, often with the wrong vowel sounds. The stories were of similarly varied quality. Good imagery throughout, but a few were predictable or anticlimactic.

The collected works of HP Lovecraft

(5 stars)

literary genius and yet to be surpassed in the field of horror to this day. good collection of his works,not as easy to follow as more modern authors but his style is unique and as detailed as any author that has put pen to paper.

Great bedtime stories need great readers.

(4 stars)

I have enjoyed this collection thoroughly save for an example or two of poor audio editing and readership (*cough* Fitzgerald reading "Celephais" *cough*). It is difficult to enjoy the stories and styles of the writer when one can hardly focus past their constant annoyance at the cumbersome quality of the narrarating voice.

The Master

(5 stars)

Such great stories, well-done you guys.

Good job

(4 stars)

Well worth listening to

sheer brilliance

(5 stars)

I have yet to behold a more well versed author than Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Such spooky tales uttered from his work of fiction can chill the bones and inspire an appreciation for horror literature like none other. Exemplary use of vocabulary can be found throughout all tales educating the reader to new words while providing the most whimsical stories. My only concern is that not all of his works are uploaded to librivox. If you enjoy this author's works a fraction of how much I did, you will have a superb experience of these stellar stories.

Highly Recommend

(5 stars)

These are some great stories of dream voyages, sci-fi horror and twisted science that have been the inspiration for many modern movies and stories by other writers. H. P. Lovecraft inspired a literary genre, and was the greatist horror writer of the 20th century, yet only four people attended his funeral. I think his stories are to be read and do not carry over well into movies. A respectable movie based on his works has yet to be made, though many have tried.