Fifteen stories of ordinary lives that take fantastic turns.
Robert never quite feels at home with Cassie’s family, a gang of eccentrics including a reptile smuggler, a worshipper of Osiris, and an old woman who believes her photographs can see into the future. When he breaks up with Cassie, she is so upset that she gives him the most terrible thing she can offer: an envelope of her grandmother’s photos, which show in detail the path that Robert’s life will take. At first, this vision of the future gives him strength – but soon it becomes a prison on glossy paper.
A Nebula and Hugo Award finalist, “Cassandra’s Photographs” demonstrates all the power of Lisa Goldstein’s imagination. Whether she is writing about shape-shifting aliens or kind-hearted ghosts, Goldstein’s fantasies remain grounded in reality, supported by the kind of crystalline prose that takes a lifetime to master. This collection also includes the Nebula Award finalist “Alfred.”
Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves is a collection of half a dozen short stories. Tales of outsiders who discover they belong, a humorous slice-of-life yarn, heartwarming love stories, and a tale of taming fear. The shadows are on the wall, in the heart and clouding a woman’s memories while tangible foes tramp through the physical landscape.
The stories were previously printed individually in a variety of publications, including Ireland’s Own magazine, Dead Ink Books’ website, and the writing collections Fermanagh Miscellany and Tuesdays at Charlie’s.
Elizabeth is pleased to announce the release of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, produced by Voices of Today, and now available at Audible! This is a completely unique all-female production, with Linda Barrans as Dr. Watson, Cate Barratt as Sherlock Holmes, Grace Keller Scotch as all the female characters, and Elizabeth as all of the remaining male characters, from Inspector Lestrade to Grimsby Roylott, to the King of Bohemia. There are twelve classic stories in this wonderful collection, including “A Scandal in Bohemia,” “The Red-Headed League,” and “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” (Elizabeth’s personal favorite).
Elizabeth has several new releases to share with you this coming week, all of which are available at Audible. The first is An Unbidden Visitor by Dianne Ascroft, which you can find here. Elizabeth recorded this story for the new company Findaway Voices.
A short story inspired by Northern Ireland’s famous Cooneen ghost.
A tale of family, friends, and fear….
And the unnatural force that threatens to ruin everything….
March 1913: Struggling to make ends meet, widow Bridget Murphy finds life in rural Ireland difficult, raising six children while farming her small acreage. With the help of neighbors and friends, Bridget is able to cope with the many arduous tasks and chores required of her.
When an unnatural and terrifying force invades their house, threatening their family, Bridget is surprised to see so many backs turning on her. Fearing for themselves, those she once counted on for help and support will not risk their safety for her. Father Smyth, their priest, is the only one who stands alongside their family in the battle against the uninvited and fearsome poltergeist. But, prayers alone won’t run the farm. Will Bridget find a way to save her home and her family before there’s nowhere left to turn?
This week is the last Free Audio Friday in the special Halloween vampire series, featuring the conclusion of Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Good Lady Ducayne. You can listen to Part 1 here, as well as the other stories in the series: “Mrs. Amworth” by E.F. Benson, and “Luella Miller” by Mary Wilkins Freeman. Happy Halloween, everyone!
This week’s Free Audio Friday features the first part of Good Lady Ducayne, Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s 19th century vampire novella, which you can listen to below. The conclusion of the story will be posted next week. Braddon, author of the sensation novel Lady Audley’s Secret (which Elizabeth has recorded for LibriVox), portrays a rich and ancient lady who preys upon her youthful companions in this chilling (yet lightly humorous) tale. Be sure to listen to last week’s story, “Luella Miller,” and the previous one as well, “Mrs. Amworth.”
Part 1 runs 37:56. You can read the text of this story online here.
Once again, it’s Free Audio Friday, special Halloween edition! Following on last week’s free recording of “Mrs. Amworth,” this week’s free vampire audio story is “Luella Miller” by Mary Wilkins Freeman. This story was selected by Amanda DeWees and recorded by Elizabeth. Click below to listen to this unsettling story about an alluring but dangerous woman in a small New England town.
“Luella Miller” runs 35:20. You can read the text online here.