Herbert West: Reanimator

Read by Phil Chenevert

(4.5 stars; 365 reviews)

"Herbert West—Reanimator" is a story by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft that was first serialized in February through July 1922 in the amateur publication Home Brew. The story was the basis of the 1985 horror film Re-Animator and its sequels, in addition to numerous other adaptations in various media. You want zombies? Listen to this because Lovecraft was one of the very first and he got zombies right: scary, evil, implacable and out to get you. (Summary by Phil Chenevert) (1 hr 29 min)


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(5 stars)

I'm not generally a fan of zombie media, but lately I've been plowing through many of Mr. Lovecrafts works. I avoided this one for some time because of the subject matter. I've just finished reading it and I can say that I've been no less impressed by this piece of literary work than any of his other bests. After reading so many of his other works I should have known this one would be fantastic. I feel sure his fans and fans of zombie media alike will love this dark read.

Very well read

(5 stars)

There is at least one other reading of this story that is found in another collection but this narration I find much more enjoyable.

Excellent Reading

(5 stars)

This text is one of my favorites, so I was hesitant to listen to it and have it potentially ruined. But the reader is clear, free of corny sound effects, and the pace is perfect.

(5 stars)

The rye delivery of this narrator is a perfect fit for the writing. Lovecraft's storytelling here is a great balance between the evolving horror of the person recounting events and a matter-of-fact description of the same events. This is one of my favorite Librivox readings. I keep coming back to it.

A classic chiller!

(4.5 stars)

I had initially been concerned that Phil C’s jovial voice would not work well with this dark tale but I was wrong on that count, he does an excellent job with the text and brings it to life in its gothic splendour

New to this application

(4 stars)

love the original movie and the sequel but can we see the good old doctor flying with bat wings on his head in a petri dish?

Herbert West the Reanimator

(5 stars)

Excellent reading of a fine story. Very well done, I enjoyed the reading of this tale a great deal.

great gruesome short story

(5 stars)

I can only imagine the horror at the grotesque imagery when this was released. Well written and enduring.