The obsessive Jervas Dudley reveals the sinister events leading up to his incarceration in an asylum.
First published in 1917, HP Lovecraft's chilling tale read by Ryan McCluskey.
American writer, H P Lovecraft (1890-1937) is recognised as one of the most significant figures in 20th century supernatural fiction. Contemporary horror writers, including Stephen King, often cite him as a major influence. His own outlook on life is mirrored in his writing.
"I am so beastly tired of mankind and the world that nothing can interest me unless it contains a couple of murders on each page or deals with the horrors unnameable and unaccountable that leer down from the external universes."
Lovecraft found living, the everyday stuff of life a painful experience. At every turn he felt disillusioned by what life had to offer. Through his writing he sought to put into words these sentiments.
Producer: Gemma Jenkins
Made for BBC 7 and first broadcast in 2005.