New HP Lovecraft Audiobook read By Richard Coyle

5 Episodes of Audio Glory
HP Lovecraft, the American master of horror, has one of his most twisted tales adapted into a brand new audiobook.

Previously heard abridged on BBC Radio 4 Extra, the audiobook version can be found in it’s full length glory at Spokenworld Audio.

This new adaptation is read by British actor Richard Coyle, possibly best know as Jeff from Coupling, which is a crime as his genre credits include BBC’s STRANGE, Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and the FABLE video game series.

As usual Spokenworld Audio have taken care to make this full length version available through their website, and offer download in 192Kbps MP3, 256Kbps MP3 and 320Kbps MP3 formats (at the same price) – so you can enjoy the audio book as best suits you.

The perfect HP Lovecraft title to follow on from 2010’s “At The Mountains Of Madness”, and the only HPL title not to appear in a periodical! Perfect also because it is split in to 5 distinct chapters…ripe for abridgement in to five half hour episodes!

?The Shadow Over Innsmouth? tells the first-person story of a young historian, Robert Olmstead, who, while investigating his family genealogy in New England, is intrigued to learn about a hated and mysterious fishing-town called Innsmouth. When he visits he finds the place to be run-down and near-deserted, with a cult-like religion and a strange, degenerate population. His investigation soon turns in to a race to escape the town and the the evil creatures he sees emerging from the sea.

?The Shadow Over Innsmouth? was written by HP Lovecraft in 1931 and is the only one of his works of fiction not to have initially been published as part of a periodical. It continues HPL’s Cthulhu Mythos, featuring townspeople worshipping the elder sea god Dagon and mentioning the mysterious Shoggoth creature of his other works.

Howard Phillips “H. P.” Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 ? March 15, 1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction, especially the sub-genre known as weird fiction. As early as the 1940s, Lovecraft had developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fiction featuring a pantheon of humanity-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical.

Although Lovecraft’s readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown and he is now regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century. Stephen King called him ?the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.?

This 2011 adaptation comprises 5 episodes, originally aired on BBC Radio 4 Extra, once again read by the superb RICHARD COYLE and featuring music by acclaimed composer JON NICHOLLS. The series is offered here in exclusive EXTENDED EDITIONS. You will find an additional 30 mins of mystery-filled audio within these five episodes!

For more information and to download visit Spokenworld Audio

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As a fan of the somewhat twisted works of American horror author HP Lovecraft, since playing Call Of Cthulhu at school I am never bored of new productions and interpretations of Lovecrafts work.

I hope that you did not miss the excellent audio of At The Mountains Of Madness on BBC Radio 7 a couple of weeks ago, read by the equally amazing Richard Coyle.

If you haven’t then you have not missed out. There is an extended version available NOW through the Spokenworld Audio store. Click here to see exactly what is on offer.

?At The Mountains of Madness? tells the first-person tale of geologist William Dyer, a professor from Miskatonic University in the USA. He writes to disclose hitherto unknown and closely kept secrets in the hope that he can deter a planned and much publicized scientific expedition to Antarctica. For he has been there and seen the unimaginable horrors that lay beyond the mountains.

?At The Mountains of Madness? was written by HP Lovecraft in 1931, originally a serialised story published in Astounding Stories magazine in the US.

Interview With Richard Coyle – Going Postal

Richard Coyle (top) and Boris the Horse. Making Sure the post gets there on time.

Richard Coyle has a history with telefantasy, with the short run of STRANGE on BBC 1, now he talks about his turn playing Terry Pratchett’s protagonist Moist Von Lipwig from Going Postal
How?s it been filming in the leather suit?

Really hot. It has a nylon lining so it?s like being wrapped in clingfilm, like having a condom all over your body. I?ve been drinking lots of ice cold water to help cool me down and they?ve set up lots of fans for me. But Marnix [Van Den Broeke] is in the Mr Pump suit and I always look at him and think ?Actually, I?ve got it quite easy?. Plus I did a film last summer in Morocco and that was twice as bad so I swore I?d never complain. The main problem, though, is I feel a right penis in it. I think of myself as Elvis in his gold lame suit – that helps.

How is it playing Moist Von Lipwig?

It?s really fun because I get to play and create and I haven?t done anything comic since Coupling. Moist is very inventive and things just come to him, he?ll go into confidence trick mode and create a character or he likes to put on a show. One of the best things is I have a lot of public pronouncements outside the post office to the people, and it?s all a show for Moist. I wanted to treat them as commercials, like TV commercials, so they have a beginning and an end. Every time I make a pronouncement to the public it?s a bit of a show, a bit of pizzazz.

How would you describe the character?

Lipwig is a notorious conman who has pulled off a number of scams. He pulled off a very audacious scam called ?the fake bond scam? which brings down a number of banks. He gets caught for it and is hanged to within an inch of his life, but they give him another chance and he has to redeem himself by reviving and running the decrepit post office in Ankh-Morpork. It?s a story of redemption, I guess, a man learning to be normal and conventional. But there?s always an angle with Moist and he secretly thinks he can play Vetinari, even though he can?t.

It?s a very topical story?

I was surprised at how topical it is, how Terry Pratchett satirises emails and mobile phones and the way we don?t write letters anymore. He?s very clever.

Are you a letter writer?

[Laughs] What should I say? I haven?t written a letter for about two years. I used to like writing letters but you know what it?s like ? it?s hard to find the time in your busy lives, so you write emails because it?s easier or you text.

Were you a fan of Pratchett?s work?

I read a couple of his books when I was a teenager so I knew about Discworld and what it was, but I hadn?t read Going Postal. But it?s right up my street ? slightly out of left field. When I read the script I was in America and had just done Prince Of Persia. I?d been in LA for weeks and weeks reading all these great American scripts, very slick and well put-together and very cool, then I was sent Going Postal and it was full of magic and chaos and invention and I was really blown away by it compared to what I?d been reading out there, which was all very controlled. I just thought ?I?ve got to do this?. It appealed to me right from the start, slightly weird and slightly skewed but really charming.

Did you have a chat with Terry?

I spoke to him at length about the role and the first thing he did was berate me for not calling him Sir Terry. He said ?I haven?t had a Sir out of you, young man?. Now I call him Sir, I?m a terrible ass-kisser. To be fair to Terry, when I first met him I was with Charles Dance, who plays Vetinari, and I think Terry was more interested in him than in me. But we?ve since had dinner and it was really nice to chat to him. He signed my book for me, which is quite cool.

Are you anything like the character?

Well, Moist isn?t one for introspection whereas I am more as an actor. You have to make a choice not to go there. Where I would naturally, instinctively go ?Hmm, I?d think here? I have to not to do that. Moist will say something outrageous, just to see the look on someone?s face, and when you realise that you can approach a scene and not get bogged down in ?Why am I saying this?? because sometimes he just says things for the reaction.

How does the scale of this compare to Prince Of Persia?

This is massive but Prince Of Persia is $350 million, 400 stuntmen, and I?m leading the Persian army into battle and I have 600 men on horseback and another 600 men on foot behind me. No acting required, you just go ?Wow?. But Going Postal is still pretty huge and the sets are extraordinary, they?re massive and even when we?re in the studio it doesn?t look like we?re in a studio because the scale of it is so big. Plus because we?re not in Britain it doesn?t look like we?re filming in Shepperton or on a sound stage somewhere. You don?t go ?Oh that?s that location, I saw it on Cranford?. We?ve got a very distinct look.

Would you make a good conman?

I don?t think I?d have the balls. I?d probably lose my nerve halfway through trying to con somebody.

How was it filming the hanging scene?

It was weird when I first put the noose round my neck but I?ve done it so many times now it?s like ?Here we go again?. But the extras have been amazing. Normally they have to be told ?Come on, he?s gonna die, make some noise? but these people, who are true Pratchett fans, were cheering right from the start. I?m trying to reference my favourite films wherever I can ? there?s a bit of The Matrix, we?ve got a bit of Gone With The Wind – and I looked at it as my Han Solo moment like where he goes off to be frozen in The Empire Strikes Back.

Going Postal DVD and BluRay

Going Postal (2 Disc Special Edition)
Going Postal (2 Disc Special Edition)

Terry Pratchett?s Going Postal

The third Discworld novel to be brought to the small screen, Terry Pratchett?s Going Postal is available on DVD and Blu-ray from 23rd August. Released by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, the much-lauded satirical adaptation stars David Suchet and Richard Coyle.

When con-artist Moist von Lipwig (Richard Coyle: Coupling, Strange, Prince of Persia) is sent to the hangman?s noose, he doesn?t expect to get beaten at his own game and fall through the trapdoor into a Government job. Given the position of Postmaster, a role that hasn?t been occupied in years, by ruler of Ankh-Morpork Lord Vetinari (Charles Dance: Gosford Park, Bleak House), it?s his daunting task to get the dilapidated Postal Service up and running again.

Standing in his way is the Grand Trunk Clacks communication cartel and its leader, Reacher Gilt (David Suchet: Poirot, The Way We Live Now). Taking on the evil monopoly, Moist must rise to challenge, ensure the delivery of the mail, restore hope to the people of Ankh-Morpok and even get the girl!

Going Postal is a veritable feast for the eyes, with stunning production, lavish sets and lashings of imagination. It boasts a stellar supporting cast that includes Tamsin Greig, Claire Foy, John Henshaw, Steve Pemberton and Andrew Sachs.

The DVD is available as a single disc version or a limited-edition two-disc set or Blu-ray packed with exclusive behind the scenes extras including; a gag reel, deleted scenes, director and producer commentaries and cast interviews.