It’s spooky season… and what better way to celebrate than with a classic ghost story? Elizabeth plays the Governess in Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, a dramatic reading by The Online Stage, now available at Audible. Featuring Danielle Cohen, Amanda Friday, Miranda Hodges, Rob Goll, Josh Innerst, and Jeff Moon.
Henry James’ 1898 novella is one of the world’s greatest ghost stories. Told by an unnamed governess who accepts a position looking after two children at a remote English country manor, the story is famously ambiguous. The governess gradually comes to believe that the house – and the two seemingly angelic children, Miles and Flora – are haunted by the ghosts of her predecessor and her brutish lover. But are the ghosts actually real? Or is the governess slowly going mad?
Elizabeth’s second solo release this year for Spoken Realms (following Wonder Tales) is The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective by C. L. Pirkis. These are classic Victorian British detective stories starring “the female Sherlock Holmes.” Right now, the audiobook is available exclusively at Audible, but will release more widely in the new year.
Loveday Brooke is the first female detective created by a woman writer. Catherine Louisa Pirkis published stories about this smart, spirited sleuth in the 1880s, and they were collected into this anthology in 1894. In these tales, Loveday takes on cases involving wayward nuns, missing debutantes, a mysterious princess, and a ghost who resembles Napoleon, among other strange phenomena. Throughout, she is insightful, professional, and simply more intelligent than anyone else around her, indicating that Loveday and Pirkis were both ahead of their time. This collection includes seven stories: “The Black Bag Left on a Doorstep”, “The Murder at Troyte’s Hill”, “The Redhill Sisterhood”, “A Princess’ Vengeance”, “Drawn Daggers”, “The Ghost of Fountain Lane”, and “Missing”.