Lovingly Crafted

My Blogomatic review of a H.P. Lovecraft adaptation in the form of an audio play. It’s pretty great:

There’s really not a great deal I can say about The Statement of Randolph Carter that wouldn’t be better stated by simply listening to the 25-minute adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story. I can give you the set-up: Randolph Carter gives a statement to the police regarding the disappearance of his mentor, Harley Warren, after an evening of occult excavation at Big Cypress Swamp.

To say more, I fear, would be to ruin the creeping terror that the production invokes in the listener.  The essentially two-handed production (with the exception of two minor police interrogators) really excels at the kind of building, suspenseful horror that Lovecraft is known for, with omens and threats simply hinted at so that we know as little as the characters until it is far too late.

The sincere and impassioned voice acting is helped along no end by a stellar soundtrack that squeezes every last drop of tension out of scenes and can really make you regret eating all that cheese before you went to bed. Plus, at 25 minutes, it really doesn’t take a great deal of effort to put it on and introduce yourself to an old story told exceptionally well.

I listened to it as a podcast on my way home at night. It was a really bad idea.

If you’re going to listen to this excellent example of a classic horror story told through the power of a purely auditory medium, then do yourself a favour and listen to this on your own and in the dark. That is, if you want to scare yourself silly.

H.P. Lovecraft’s The Statement of Randolph Carter is out now and can be found on 4dio’s website.

Seriously, go and check it out if you’re into horror, or even if you’re not. It scared me more than any film I’ve seen in the last two years at least.

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