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The Haunter of the Dark 04 November 2023

2023 audio drama, adapted in ten parts by Julian Simpson from the story by H. P. Lovecraft.

No spoilers, but I felt a loss of direction here. There are many references to the three earlier series (and a re-listen beforehand is recommended), and a dose of conspiracy in high places which makes some effort to tie things together, but I never felt fully engaged with the primary investigation: so what if this guy is at the middle of it all? He didn't make it up all by himself, he's the head of a conspiracy of people whose approach is basically the same as his, and if you murder or expose him then the shadowy forces will just find someone else to put in his place.

The small-scale stuff is good; the cast is still great; it's just that it doesn't quite cohere beyond the course of an individual episode. Still great fun, but it feels less a progression of the story than an episode in it.

The Haunter of the Dark is available via the BBC, as are the earlier series. (If you don't have get_iplayer, you can apparently download it via the BBC Sounds app.)

See also:
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Shadow Over Innsmouth

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