David McCallum Reads H.P. Lovecraft

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A collection of gothic horror stories read by the Man from U.N.C.L.E. star.

The eldritch worlds of H.P. Lovecraft have been dramatised on many an audiobook over the years, with varying results – as great a project as Librivox is, not all the readers have the vocal timbre required for stories that drip with alien horror and florid descriptins.

David McCallum might not immediately seem the man to bring the words of lovecraft to life, but in the 1970s, he made three recordings that are pretty impressive. The albums, for spoken word specialists Caedmon, featured sometimes slightly abridged versions of The Rats in the Walls (1973), The Dunwich Horror (1976) and The Haunter of the Dark (1979), each one a single LP.

Like many a Caedmon recording, these have been out of circulation for many years and are fairly collectable items – if you ever come across the vinyl recordings, we very much suggest picking them up.

On a roll with tales of terror, McCallum also recorded Ambrose Bierce’s An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge And The Damned Thing in 1973. Again, both worth a listen.