The Lovecraft Investigations

Publisher: BBC

Critic Rating: 4.8/5


An investigation into witchcraft, the occult and secret government operations. From H.P. Lovecraft.

Critic Reviews

Score: 4.6

Miranda Sawyer - The Guardian - Nov 21, 2020

"Actually, domestic chores became too dangerous for me as I binged on episodes in the BBC’s third and final series of Julian Simpson’s modern take on HP Lovecraft, The Lovecraft Investigations. I had to go for a brisk stomp round the park or there’d have been a fire brigade situation. The Shadow Over Innsmouth, which started last week, follows on from two previous Radio 4 podcast series, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and The Whisperer in Darkness. You need to listen to both of these before you start on this one or you’ll be very confused: as host Matthew Heawood says at the beginning of last week’s episode, what began as “a simple investigation into the disappearance of a young man from a mental health facility in Rhode Island” has now expanded into something both personal, conspiratorial and deliciously occult. I loved both Charles Dexter Ward and The Whisperer, so it’s no surprise that I’m taken with Innsmouth: so much so that I begged the publicist for more episodes (and no, this does not happen often). It’s the combination of realistic dialogue, genuine spookiness and swift pace, as well as the acknowledgment that the listener has a brain. You’ll get no spoilers from me. But I wouldn’t listen while holding a full paint pot, for instance."

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Score: 5

Andrew Liptak - The Verge - Jan 27, 2020

"[The Case of Charles Dexter] The 10-part podcast from the BBC is an updated version of that original story, and there’s a meta quality to the series as you follow a pair of journalists trying to put together a podcast like Serial or S-Town. It’s an enthralling listen — the series updates the story for the modern day, and follows the efforts of two reporters who are trying to unravel the connection between Ward and Willett. In many ways, the series feels like a mashup of Serial with the first season of HBO’s True Detective."

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