Following the recent Robert M. Price podcast, and its musings on the most Lovecraftian of Stephen King’s stories, I listened to the free 90-minute professional audio reading of “Jerusalem’s Lot”. It doesn’t make me inclined to plough through the rest of King, but I was pleased to find it neatly remixes a number of Lovecraft stories while sustaining a Lovecraftian feel, tone, and setting throughout.

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What it fails to port over from Lovecraft: his close attention to period architectural details; his skill with the dialect of remote rustic types; the deft interweaving of his own autobiographical detail; the use of his deep chorographic topophilia to bring veracity and psychological depth to descriptions of the New England landscape. King’s addition of small touches of ‘the cosmic’ also feel rather forced.

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