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H.P. Lovecraft Short Story Collection III

H.P. Lovecraft Short Story Collection III
by H. P. Lovecraft

Beyond the Wall of Sleep

An intern in a mental hospital relates his experience with Joe Slater, an inmate who died at the facility a few weeks after being confined as a criminally insane murderer.
As an undergraduate, the intern had built but never tested a device for two-way telepathic communication. The device was designed around his principle that thought was ultimately a form of radiant energy. Heedless of any ethics, he attached himself with Slater to the device as Slater lay near death. With the device switched on, he received a message from a being of light whose experiences had been what were transmitted through the medium of Joe Slater. This being explained that, when not shackled to their physical bodies, all men are light beings. The thought-message went on to explain that, as light beings within the realm of sleep, humans can experience the vistas of many planes and universes which remain unknown to waking awareness...

Excerpted From Wikipedia
READ BY D.E. Wittkower

The story is the testament of a tortured, morphine-addicted man who plans to commit suicide over an incident that occurred early on in World War I when he was a merchant marine officer.
In the unnamed narrator's account, his cargo ship is captured by a German sea-raider in "one of the most open and least frequented parts of the broad Pacific". He escapes on a lifeboat and drifts aimlessly across the sea "somewhat south of the equator" until he eventually finds himself inexplicably stranded on "a slimy expanse of hellish black mire which extended about me in monotonous undulations as far as I could see.... The region was putrid with the carcasses of decaying fish, and of other less describable things which I saw protruding from the nasty mud of the unending plain." He theorizes that this area was formerly "a portion of the ocean floor... thrown to the surface" by a volcanic upheaval, "exposing regions which for innumerable millions of years had lain hidden under unfathomable watery depths.

From Wikipedia
Read by Michael Sample


The story begins with the narrator describing the night sky as observed over long sleepless nights from his window, in particular that of the Pole Star -Polaris, which he describes as "winking hideously like an insane watching eye which strives to convey some strange message, yet recalls nothing save that it once had a message to convey".
He then describes the night of the aurora over his house in the swamp and how on this night he first dreamt of a city of marble lying on plateau between two peaks, with Polaris ever watching in the night sky. The narrator describes after a while observing motion within the houses and seeing men beginning to populate the streets, conversing to each other in language he had never heard before but strangely understood. However, before he could learn any more of this city, he awoke.
Many times more would he dream of the city and the men who dwelt within. After a while the narrator tired of merely existing as an incorporeal observer and began to desire to establish his place within the city...

From Wikipedia
Read by: jpontoli

A Reminiscence Of Dr. Samuel Johnson

"A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson" is a short story written in 1917 by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft. It was first published in the September 1917 issue of the United Amateur, under the pseudonym Humphry Littlewit, Esq.
The story is a spoof of Lovecraft's antiquarian affectations. Littlewit, the narrator, is born August 20, 1690--200 years to the day before Lovecraft's birthdate--making him nearly 228 years old as he writes a memoir.

From Wikipedia
Read by Cameron Halket

The White Ship

A lighthouse keeper named Basil Elton engages upon a peculiar fantasy in which a bearded man piloting a mystical white ship is found sailing upon a bridge of moonlight. Elton joins the bearded man on this ship, and together they explore a mystical chain of islands unlike anything that can be found on Earth.
They travel to the majestic city of Thalarian, City of a Thousand Wonders. They pass Akariel the Caravan Gate and navigate through the river Narg. They visit Xura, the Land of Pleasures Unattained. They visit Sona-Nyl, Land of Fancy and Cathuria, Land of Hope...

From Wikipedia
Read by D.E. Wittkower

The Street
Did HP Lovecraft have a vision of the future?
The Street is a story of a city and it's peaceful, beautiful town and a place where terrorists gather...

Read by Sarah Jennings

The Tree
Two sculptors and best friends compete to create the most beautiful statue...

Read by Michael Sample


In the story, Celephaïs is created in a dream by the hobo Kuranes, who slowly slips away to the dream-world. After Kuranes dies, he became the king and chief god of the city. In The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, Randolph Carter pays a visit to Kuranes, finding that the great dreamer has grown so homesick for his native Cornwall, he has dreamed parts of Celephaïs to resemble the land of his boyhood. Kuranes advises Carter, on a mission to find his own dream-city, to be careful what he wishes for -- he might get it.

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Read by Garrett Fitzgerald

Read by Various readers
Approx. running time 2 hours
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