Monday, June 20, 2016

Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.172: the Fungi from Yuggoth (redux)

A few days ago I received this via Fedogan & Bremer: a CD of H.P. Lovecraft's Fungi from Yuggoth and Other Poems, narrated by Will Hart with music by Graham Plowman. Regular readers will be aware that I hold the Fungi from Yuggoth sonnet cycle in very high regard, considering it to be the poetic distillation of the very best of Lovecraft, so I was very pleased to have the opportunity to listen to this. Whilst there is obvious comparison to be made with the earlier recording of the sonnet cycle by John Arthur and Mike Olson (Also recently reissued by Fedogan & Bremer), I'm pleased to say that the Hart and Plowman rendition stands up rather well, although their approach is rather more dramatic in its presentation where the Arthur and Olsen recording is more wistful and lyrical (and ultimately remains my prefered reading). You can purchase H.P. Lovecraft's Fungi from Yuggoth and Other Poems here, as well as listen to a more detailed review provided by the excellent Mr Jim Moon via his wonderful Hypnogoria podcast here.

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