The Internet Archive offers free and permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

One of its contributors, Julia Morgan (aka MorganScorpion), recently stopped by to tell us about her work publishing audio recording of Lovecraft’s fiction. The recordings are available free to the public here.

LNN: Tell us about yourself

Morgan: I am a 48 year old woman with fibromyalgia. I am on disability and I make audio recordings to stave off boredom. I have worked in fringe theatre on the technical side, in the civil service and various other things. I got into King's College London in my late twenties where I got a degree in theology. I also have half a science degree from the Open University, so I suppose you can say I have a background in the sciences and the arts.

LNN: Tell us about your work.

Morgan: My Lovecraft recordings aren't part of any project, I just do them because I am a rabid Lovecraft fan, and other Lovecraft fans seem to want me to do them. I do record for LibriVox however, and that is a project and a half. LibriVox aims to get every out of copyright book available on the web as a free audio recording. I have personally worked on Gray's Anatomy (18th edition), Machiavelli's "History of Florence," Spenser's "Faerie Queene" and many others.

LNN: What are working on right now?

Morgan: I hope to get Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness" completed in a few weeks time and then to go on to "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward." There's a few more Lovecraft stories so far unrecorded that I would like to do, and then maybe get on to some other authors. I would love to record Arthur Machen's "The Hill of Dreams", or some Clark Ashton Smith, but both are copyrighted. Meanwhile, over on LibriVox we have just started recording Robert Burton's "Anatomy of Melancholy," which I am delighted to be working on.

Thanks, Julia for letting us know about this great resource. If you are interested in contributing an audio recording, check out the recruitment pages for the Internet Archive and LibriVox (a similar project).

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