H. P. Lovecraft’s – The Hound (1922) – read by William Hart


H. P. Lovecraft’s The Hound from 1922.

First published in the February 1924 issue of Weird Tales.

Read here by William Hart from the text in the 1999 Penguin Classics edition of The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories edited by S. T. Joshi; which is the same as the version that is also available on hplovecraft.com.

Please Note: In my other readings, I have tried to stay 100% true to the text, and I have almost done so here; I just couldn’t resist taking a small measure of artistic license with this tale. Purists may notice it, then again, maybe not. Those unfamiliar with the tale, will of course not notice what I have done; so it won’t matter to them. For those who know the tale, and recognize what I have done that is different; please don’t describe it in any comments you might leave. Just say, you noticed something, and liked or disliked it. If there is enough dislike, I’ll post the pure version later.

Now, with my most heart-felt dedication of this tale in its current form to Wilum H. Pugmire, because he asked for it, I happily present you with my version of H. P. Lovecraft’s wonderfully ghoulish tale, The Hound!

NOTE: If you do a normal click on the MP3 file link in this post, WordPress will play it for you.

If you’d like to download and save the file 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 file to your hard drive.

If you’d like to download and save the file 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 file to your hard drive. I don’t own a Mac so please correct me if I am wrong!

H. P. Lovecraft’s – The Hound (1922) – read by William Hart

And for those who want to follow along with the text, here’s a PDF copy that matches my reading:

H. P. Lovecraft’s – The Hound (1922) – as read by William Hart on 25-Dec-2010

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3 Responses to H. P. Lovecraft’s – The Hound (1922) – read by William Hart

  1. The reading is superb, and I am deeply thankful for the dedication. You captured absolutely the emotion of the narrative. I followed ye text in the Arkham House Corrected Eighth Printing, and found no anomalies within your reading (I listened to your entire reading on YouTube, whut I have just posted on Facebook). So the ____ addition must be the ________________, with which I disagree. As you know if you have read “Some Distant Baying Sound,” I have made my own alterations in the interpretation of Lovecraft’s original narrative. I have just awakened from a wretched night and prepared morning for Mother, and so perhaps I am too sleepy to have noticed any alteration of the text. I shall listen again and follow in ye Penguin.

  2. Gillsing says:

    Yes, this was an excellent reading, and precisely what I feel that a lot of Lovecraft’s horror requires. The thing is, Lovecraft’s world of horror doesn’t frighten me, but I can still feel a bit of his characters’ fear, and this reading definitely facilitated that.

    I think I’ve read The Hound both as prose and comic before, but also forgotten most of it. So when it comes to the ‘artistic license’ I’d have to guess. But I’m pretty sure I know what it is, and I liked it just fine. Obviously I’m far from being a purist.

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