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As Leman begins his reading of Lovecraft's story, originally published in the January issue of Weird Tales, Frizzi's music is fairly Christmassy, and almost jaunty in its holiday tone. It could fairly underscore any classic wintertime tale, from "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore to Valentine Davies' "Miracle on 34th Street," so perfectly sweet it is.
That changes quite quickly. Once our narrator gas completed his description of Kingsport, the music begins to go dark. As the teller of this tale relates his return to this home of his forefathers, Frizzi's score becomes wicked, shot through with the metallic creaking of what sounds like cemetery gates.
Once the narrator enters the seventh house on the left in Green Lane, the ancient familial abode, there is a ghostly sound of a violin, only too appropriate to the discovery of ancient tomes, including the dread Necronomicon, which the teller pages through, despite all his fears upon seeing it.
After descending below and beholding the "boundless vista of an inner world," our narrator hears "the thin, whining mockery of a feeble flute," and so do we all who listen. It's a terrifying sound, warbling unnaturally as though coming from the playing of someone not originally of this world.
As the tale concludes, there is the trumphantly terrifying rise of a full orchestra, Frizzi's reveal of the damnation realized in the final paragraph, translated from the Necronomicon: “For it is of old rumour that the soul of the devil-bought hastes not from his charnel clay, but fats and instructs the very worm that gnaws; till out of corruption horrid life springs, and the dull scavengers of earth wax crafty to vex it and swell monstrous to plague it. Great holes secretly are digged where earth’s pores ought to suffice, and things have learnt to walk that ought to crawl.”
* Limited pressing on 150 gram vinyl
* Printed on a deluxe heavy weight tip-on jacket
* Includes insert with liner notes by composer Fabio Frizzi
* New essay by weird fiction scholar J. T. Joshi
* Newley commissioned art by Jesse Jacobi