Happy Belated 122nd. Birthday Grandpa Theobald!
In my mind, H. P. Lovecraft’s, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, reads more like a work of non-fiction, rater than fiction; and because of this, I hope you’ll listen to my reading and performances as an audio documentary with reenactments by all of the voices that have escaped from my head, and been brought to audio life, including Marinus, Theodore, Joseph, Charles, Jedediah/Simon, Edward, and several others.
For those wondering what a multi-voice version of H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward being performed by William E. Hart sounds like, I’ve prepared a teaser file, in a scrambled order, to give you a taste of what you will find in the five chapters of this story. For better or for worse, depending on how you like audiobooks read for you, this is The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, like you’ve never heard it before:
The text I’ve used for this reading is from the beautifully corrected version available at hplovecraft.com at http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/cdw.asp
I’ve also have a pdf version of the text here as a backup copy, just in case there is a problem reaching hplovecraft.com:
Please let me know here, in comments, what you think of the readings and performances; I can also be reached directly at “willhart at roadunner dot com” if you mention Lovecraft in the Subject line.
This entire tale has made its appearance just in time to be ready for Halloween candle-light listening!
This reading, including the performance sections that will drive him crazy, is dedicated to The Queen of Eldritch Horror, Wilum H. Pugmire; whom I am sure, is the illegitimate cosmic Lovechild of H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert H. Barlow, Oscar Wilde, Quentin Crisp, and Joseph Smith, Jr.(!), born out of a very strange encounter in a dimension outside time and space, and officiated by Nyarlathotep.
NOTE: If you do a normal click on the MP3 file links in this post, WordPress will play them for you.
If you’d like to download and save the files for yourself, and you are using a PC, right-click, to bring up the right-click menu and use the “Save Link As” function to save the MP3 files to your hard drive.
If you’d like to download and save the files for yourself, and you are using a Mac, I believe that would be ctrl + Click to bring up the right click menu, and use the “Download Linked File” function to save the MP3 files to your hard drive. I don’t own a Mac so please correct me if I am wrong!
For those interested in the final running times and MP3 file sizes for the single-file versions of each chapter, they are as follows:
Chapter One: Twenty-three minutes and twenty-six seconds, in 43MB.
Chapter Two: Seventy-four minutes and twenty-four seconds, in 136MB.
Chapter Three: Sixty-three minutes and twenty-seven seconds, in 116MB.
Chapter Four: Fifty-seven minutes and thirty-eight seconds, in 105MB.
Chapter Five: Eighty-eight minutes and fifty-eight seconds, in 162MB.
For a combined running time total of five hours, seven minutes, and fifty-three seconds.
Yours in Eldritch Phantasies,
William E. Hart
It’s going to take quite some time, but I’ll next be building a visual version of each chapter for posting on YouTube.