Yes, I’m doing this reading to help promote the Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, Universal Studios, 3D movie of, “At the Mountains of Madness.”
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting all twelve chapters of H. P. Lovecraft’s, “At the Mountains of Madness,” one chapter at a time, to stretch out the fun; and to give me time to clean each chapter up a bit (and correct the bloopers also) before they are posted here.
I’m also taking a little time between each posting to allow for any feedback, to see if there is an interest in my posting the entire reading.
I have already recorded the first five chapters, but I’ll then work on each of the final seven chapters one-at-a-time after I get the first batch posted.
And now, Chapter Four:
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H P Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness Chapter 04 Read by William Hart
Please let me know if this reading is to your liking by way of comments.
And please tell me if you do want more of this tale sooner, rather than later.
Chapter Five is coming soon, but will take a little longer than Four!
Have just finished listening to part 3 and begun part 4 and continue to enjoy your project immensely. I think that Lovecraft comes across as I had forgotten about that great scene where the “curious regularities of the higher mountain skyline” are described. I am greatly looking forward to the movie adaptation, but it will not be possible for the army of artists and technicians at the studio’s disposal to create an impression as powerful as that which Lovecraft achieves through his written words. I’ve read a Lovecraft quote that suggested he did not care much for moves in general, and no doubt he would suspect any effort by cinematographers to render stories of cosmic horror. Do you know if he enjoyed story-telling on the radio and had any hopes for his work being rendered in that medium?
Lovecraft actually seemed to enjoy going to the movies, when someone else had the money for the admission price! H. P. Lovecraft couldn’t really afford to be spending his money on the flickers; but is someone would take him as a guest, as would happen when he was in New York, he would jokingly say he was, “forced” into going; but enjoyed it anyway.
As to his work being adapted for films or radio, I believe a couple of quotes from page 177 of Donald R. Burleson’s excellent, “H. P. Lovecraft: A Critical Study” should give you strong clue as to Lovecraft’s feelings about radio and film adaptations of his stories.
According to letters to Farnsworth Wright (16-Feb-1933, Selected Letters, IV, 154-55), and to Richard Ely Morse (27-Feb-1933, Selected Letters, IV, 156), after “Dreams in the Witch House” was sold to Weird Tales, Lovecraft declined to give up radio dramatisation rights to the tale, citing the tendency of such treatment to do violence to the “atmosphere and artistic integrity of a seriously written story,” and remarking, “I shall never permit anything bearing my signature to be banalised and vulgarised into the kind of flat infantile twaddle which passes for ‘horror tales’ amongst radio and cinema audiences.”
And Donovan Loucks also posted this slighty longer version of one of the quotes in alt.horror.cthulhu, from Lovecraft to Richard Ely Morse about “The Dreams in the Witch-House”, dated February 27, 1933: “Wright asked for radio dramatisation rights, but I set my foot down there. I shall never permit anything bearing my signature to be banalised and vulgarised into the kind of flat infantile twaddle which passes for ‘horror tales’ amongst radio and cinema audiences!”
Get the picture; or should I say, broadcast?