It's midnight. Turn out the lights, cuddle with your true love, and shiver to fright-meisters Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, and H. P. Lovecraft. Quicken your pulse with the elegant terror of Henry James, Edith Wharton, and Guy de Maupassant. Chortle at the black glee of H. H. Munro and Ambrose Bierce.
This volume of late-night listening is for lovers of mischief, the macabre, and literature. These 15 tales, plays, and poems, gleaned from cultures around the world, range from wickedly comic to deathly serious, from New England reserve to Gallic passion. We have even disinterred a previously unpublished tale of revenge by the neglected Bostonian Charlotte de Quincy, Perfidy and Perfection.
Befitting this varied fare, the presentation is a witch's brew of readings and dramatizations, seasoned tastefully, and (where appropriate) not so tastefully, with music and sound effects, under the direction of Yuri Rasovsky, Peabody and Audie Award-winning producer, and his coven of 20-odd (some very odd) performers.
From Japan comes Mimi-Nashi-Hoichi by Lafcadio Hearn; from France, Maupassant's The Horla; from Eastern Europe, Bonche the Silent by I. L. Peretz; from Ireland, William Butler Yeats's one-act drama Purgatory; from Scotland, Stevenson's cadaverous The Body Snatcher; and from merry, or, in this case, morose, old England, Munro's catty Tobermori, plus Something Lies beyond the Scene by Dame Edith Sitwell and composer William Walton.
America is well represented by Poe's intoxicating The Cask of Amontillado and The Fall of the House of Usher; Bierce's homage to lethal entrepreneurship, Oil of Dog; Lovecraft's necromantic The Terrible Old Man; and two tales of haunted real estate, The Ghostly Rental by James and Kerfol by Wharton.
Shut your eyes and give your mind a listen, if you dare. Download and start listening now!