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Old 12-08-2013   #1
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Topic Nominated Favorite Audio Horror

I just noticed over at Audible.com that three of Robert Aickman's books have been narrated. It gave me the idea for this thread. I listen to a fair amount of audio books and radio show adaptations. I usually listen to books or stories that I have already read. If I can find a narrator that I like - the most difficult thing for me - then I enjoy listening to a favorite story from time to time.
Do any of you listen to audio horror? What are some of your favorites? Here are a few of mine:



"The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe read by Basil Rathbone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=HL1383878500&feature=player_detailpage& v=5S3Dmd4UeV0



The Nightmare Podcast has an excellent reading of one of my favorite Ramsey Campbell stories, "The Companion" narrated by Stefan Rudnicki.


http://nightmare-magazine.com/podcasting/


My favorite radio show is The Black Mass produced by Erik Bauersfeld. He has done fine adaptations of Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, and Henry James, among others. Some of them are on Youtube. I also belong to the site Old Time Radio Theater. They have a great selection of shows.

http://www.mysteryshows.com/index.htm#club
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Re: Favorite Audio Horror

Without question, Current 93's take on "I Have a Special Plan for this World". It was my introduction to Ligotti's work and something that affected me incredibly deeply given my life circumstances at the time. I still listen to it and remains one of the most brilliant and masterful works of horror I've experienced. Funny I didn't even find out it was actually Ligotti's work until years later.
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I'm quite fond of this recording of Lovecraft's Fungi from Yuggoth. The sonnets start around the 2:10 mark, but the intro ambient music is a good listen.

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Re: Favorite Audio Horror

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Another set of recordings that I adore are the CDs performed by Ligotti and Matt Cardin. The Unholy City, This Degenerate Little Town, and Curse of the Daimon are so perfectly structured and performed that I have a playlist with just these three CDs and will sometimes set it to repeat all day.

How I wish that these two would record something collaboratively. They could call themselves Haxhausen’s Disciples or something of that nature.

Also, although I haven't listened to them yet, the HP Lovecraft Historical Society has recorded radio dramas of several HPL stories that have received favorable reviews. I think I know what I am going to get myself for the holidays...

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre - Multi-Show Sets
Firstly, thanks for the previous mention of "The Bungalow House." I can only say that it was a labor of love that was truly laborious! There were so many drafts of that one, and Ligotti himself kindly and patiently listened to parts of a variety of versions and really gave me incredible direction on the angle I needed to take.

Secondly, I wholeheartedly concur about everything you mention above. A collaboration between Cardin and Ligotti would be a dream come true. Matt, btw, provided the extraordinary music for the intro and end of "The Bungalow House" audio recording, and that provide much inspiration as well. I need to resume recording Ligotti's work (with his permission, of course). Any suggestions?

I have not heard all of the "Dark Adventure Radio Theatre" Lovecraft dramatizations, but I absolutely adore their "Shadow Over Innsmouth" adaptation. I bought the cassette tape in the early nineties and wore it out. I'm sure any of those would make terrific christmas gifts...

"...the uncanny is to me the defining trait of this strange and terrible world and our strange and terrible minds." --Thomas Ligotti
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Re: Favorite Audio Horror

Cynothoglys, thank you so much for all your suggestions. I agree with all those Ligotti story choices, and I hope to make a resolution to grind out one or two over the next year.

And, as far as "20 Simple Steps" is concerned, I can dig it! First thought: the opening steps filmed sort of like those instructional videos in LOST. Man, I do like that idea. Step 14 would be especially fun to adapt.

Speaking of which, years ago I thought about writing a screenplay adaptation for "The Chymist" that could be shot as a short film. Still imagine this might work well (especially from a kind of Google Glasses-type POV).

"...the uncanny is to me the defining trait of this strange and terrible world and our strange and terrible minds." --Thomas Ligotti
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Filming 20SSTV in that manner would be terrific! Especially step 14. I could see that dummy in your avatar through the ventriloquist's eyes sitting on one side of a room and, for just a couple frames, jump to a view of the ventriloquist through its eyes, then jump back to normal. God, that would be awesome.

A screenplay of "The Chymist" would also be quite a thing. I think it is one example of those Ligotti stories that would not work as a straight audio recording (it would probably sound like one of those one-sided phone conversations that Bob Newhart did) but it could adapted into a great film. The last line of that story is, in my opinion, one of the best ever written. That would be a gut punch ending in a film.
Sadly, I'm not a filmmaker, nor do I have any particular talent in that direction (at least not behind the camera).

Now if only some genius director would come forward with some time on her/his hands...

Anyone out there?

Anybody at all?

"...the uncanny is to me the defining trait of this strange and terrible world and our strange and terrible minds." --Thomas Ligotti
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Re: Favorite Audio Horror

One of my favorite Lovecraft stories is getting the HPLHS 'Dark Adventure Radio Theatre" treatment. Can't wait.

https://store.hplhs.org/collections/...s-in-the-walls
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Re: Favorite Audio Horror

Also, Alien: Out of the Shadows, Alien: River of Pain, Archive 81, and The Deep Vault.



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This has been mentioned elsewhere on TLO.
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