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  1. pablo

    pablo Well-Known Member

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  2. j d worthington

    j d worthington Moderator

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    Hi, Pablo; thanks for the link here. His delivery is of a type I personally don't particularly care for, but that's simply a preference; others are quite likely to enjoy them immensely. (I have the same trouble with Donald Sidney-Fryer's reading of Smith's The Hashish-Eater, which I am nonetheless quite glad to own.)

    Have you ever heard the readings of HPL done by Roddy McDowall or David McCallum? If you come across these someplace, they are well worth hearing -- even if "The Haunter of the Dark" was slightly abridged for time considerations....
     
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  3. dask

    dask dark and stormy knight

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    I wonder if James Mason, the greatest voice ever, would have done a good job with HPL? Richard Basehart and Robert Ryan, two other favorites almost as good, probably would have.
     
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  4. j d worthington

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    I think he would. So, for my money, would Karloff. I have some recordings of Karloff reading stories by Michael Avallone, and his delivery is superb.
     
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  5. dask

    dask dark and stormy knight

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    Michael Avallone, the guy who wrote MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. paperbacks? Was he really that good to warrant Karloff's attention?
     
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  6. j d worthington

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    He was quite a versatile writer, from my understanding; and his Tales of the Frightened, though often using conventional tropes, were rather solidly done; and Karloff's readings of them remain among my favorite spoken word recordings. (If I recall correctly, these began as a series of readings on the radio; but a two-volume selection of them was put out by Mercury Records back in the very early 1960s, as well....)
     
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  7. dask

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    Yeah, I did a google on Avallone and found he was a "prolific" writer of mysteries --- didn't know that, just knew his name from the U.N.C.L.E. book or books my brother bought when we were kids. But I'll definitely keep an eye out for TALES OF THE FRIGHTENED. Sounds like something worth getting.
     
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