What’s That I Hear?

Movie and TV adaptations of William Hope Hodgson’s works are few but WHH is alive and well in audio format!  Here’s a listing of where you can listen to WHH stories for free online:


“A Tropical Horror”

Adapted by Julie Hoverson for 19 Nocturne Boulevard, this adaptation of one of WHH’s most exciting sea horror stories is dramatized in this excellent audio version.  Reminiscent of the great radio dramas of old, this is an nerve-wracking story that really works on the listener’s imagination.  Highly recommended!

You can listen to “A Tropical Horror” at:


And don’t forget to check out the main website which has links to many other radio dramas including some adaptations of Lovecraft stories!


“The Derelict”

Another dramatic interpretation of a WHH story can be found on the Radio Drama Revival website.  “The Derelict” is considered to be one of Hodgson’s best stories and has been reprinted frequently.  Here’s what the website has to say about it: “Today’s story is a thrilling adaptation of William Hope Hodgson’s “The Derelict,” about a crew of sailors that finds a strange boat adrift in the endless ocean, and discovers all too gruesomely the reason for its abandonment.”

This story works particularly well as a drama and reminds me of the old radio series Inner Sanctum.  You can listen to this program online at: http://www.radiodramarevival.com/episode-38-maine-based-william-dufris-does-william-hope-hodgsons-the-derelict/


The House on the Borderland

Wayne June provides a narrated edition of Hodgson’s classic novel.  You can listen to the entire book online or, if you prefer, you can download it for a small fee.  The description on the website says; “This classic novel is heralded as the turning point between gothic supernatural fiction of the late 19th century and modern horror fiction.
Hodgeson’s [sic] more scientific/cosmic horror had a profound influence in the development of weird tales of the middle of the 20th century as evidenced by the fact that noted American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft lists Hodgson among his greatest influences.”



“The Whistling Room”

Probably the greatest of all Carnacki stories is available online via YouTube.  Superbly read by Julia Morgan, this version retains all of the spookiness of the original story.  Make sure to check out Morgan’s YouTube channel for more excellant readings of classic horror.  She has recently begun a series of readings of Lovecraft’s seminal essay, “Supernatural Horror in Literature”.  Hopefully she will do some more Carnacki soon!  Perhaps “The Hog”??

Listen and watch this great reading at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlZQ7jhM_c8

Or search for Morgan’s channel at YouTube under “MorganScorpion”.


“The Voice in the Night”

Read by Paula Wright and also available on YouTube, this audio reading of WHH’s most famous story suffers from a weak audio track.  The reading itself seems incompatible with the story but it is well worth a listen.

You can find it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgcDL1RW6-c&feature=plcp


If you know of other audio versions of Hodgson’s work (either straight readings or dramatizations), please feel free to note them in the comments sections!

–Sam Gafford



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9 responses to “What’s That I Hear?

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  2. Craig

    Here’s another sight with readings of the Carnacki stories: http://www.hypnogoria.com/html/podcast.html

  3. Thanks for the shout out here! We love featuring radio drama of all sorts, and having other people take notice is awesome 🙂 The Derelict worked really nicely for audio and there was a great batch of curmudgeounly Mainers in the cast for this one. Keep listening…

    – Fred

  4. Thanks for this info!

  5. Hey Sam!
    So there is a website called audiobooksforfree.com and it allows a free listen to all of their books, but at a very low quality setting. You can buy the higher quality audiobooks as downloads or CDs or even on hard drives. It used to get updated all the time but I haven’t seen it updated in over a year so I don’t know if it is still actually running as a business (meaning I don’t know if it’s safe to send money to them or not as there may be noone home as it were). But there’s pretty much all the Carnacki stories, THE GHOST PIRATES and A Voice in the Night in low-fi.

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