[COMPLETE] Short Ghost and Horror Story Collection 002

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Post by ceastman » March 5th, 2009, 3:47 pm

BellonaTimes wrote: Headless Cat

Location: Manchester - Private house along Lower Seedley Road, Seedley
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa late nineteenth century
Further Comments: For a two month period, until they finally moved out, a family endured the sounds of a cat in terrible pain. At one point, the lady of the house was found unconscious - she said she had encountered a headless cat which pawed at her legs.


Hauntings are pretty subjective things depending on people's upbringing and/or religious views.
Great story - it's fine for the collection!

One thing I noticed is that there's a fair number of stumbles. Would it be all right for me to submit it in the Listeners/Editors Wanted forum for someone to edit them out? (If you'd like to do that yourself, that's fine of course!) I'm afraid I don't have the precise times for them, as I was listening in the car on a Shuffle at the time.

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Post by BellonaTimes » March 5th, 2009, 5:14 pm

Yes, they can edit it. Thanks.

I'm a notorious stumbler. 8-) It's hard for me to re-read things over and over -- I lose interest in it or the emotion of it.

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Post by ceastman » March 6th, 2009, 3:17 pm

Great, thanks! I'll go put it up for editing now. :)

Edited to add: Also, to keep in mind for the next time you submit a file: please make sure you're exporting at 128 kb/sec and 44100 khz.

-Catharine

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Post by aradlaw » March 7th, 2009, 6:50 am

The Headless Cat - sounds like the cat's been edited already :P sorry ... really bad attempt at a joke :roll:

http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/ce/ghohor002_theheadlesscat_odonnell_bt_EDIT.mp3

15:30 | 14.9MB

Stumbles & repeats edited where possible; opening & ending silences, ID3 tags corrected.
Some levelling applied and exported at 128 kb/sec and 44100 khz.

One note for BT, please start a sentence over if you realize a mistake, occasionally a correction is mid sentence or even mid-word, making a clean edit very hard. :wink:
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Post by BellonaTimes » March 7th, 2009, 6:50 pm

aradlaw wrote:The Headless Cat - sounds like the cat's been edited already :P sorry ... really bad attempt at a joke :roll:
Actually, that's a good joke; made me smile when I saw it.
aradlaw wrote: http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/ce/ghohor002_theheadlesscat_odonnell_bt_EDIT.mp3

15:30 | 14.9MB

Stumbles & repeats edited where possible; opening & ending silences, ID3 tags corrected.
Some levelling applied and exported at 128 kb/sec and 44100 khz.

One note for BT, please start a sentence over if you realize a mistake, occasionally a correction is mid sentence or even mid-word, making a clean edit very hard. :wink:
Arggh, yeah, I should have read this before uploading my chapter of Trail of the Lonesome Pine just now, although I did make notations as to where the stumbles occur. Thanks for the edit though -- I just talked to my brother over the phone an hour ago and he pulled Headless Cat up on his laptop after I gave him the info. Kind of wild hearing oneself that way! He said that if someone had told him that was me reading, he would have been surprised because I'm normally pretty soft-spoken. 8-)
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Post by Timothy Ferguson » March 8th, 2009, 6:07 am

If you are allowing Headless Cat may I record Pliny's "Letter to Sura"? He thought its contents true, but he says its a story told him by a friend, rather than something he witnessed himself.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/12758/12758-h/12758-h.htm#letter

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Post by ceastman » March 8th, 2009, 1:00 pm

aradlaw, thanks very very much! I really appreciate your work on this file. :D

Timothy Ferguson, sure. I should go ahead and edit the first post such that exceptions will be made for certain 'non-fiction' stories in this collection. Have fun!

-Catharine

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Post by sandarroch » March 9th, 2009, 9:46 am

Hi Catharine

I have uploaded to
http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/ce/ghohor002_dancedeath_blackwood_sw.mp3

the story: The Dance of Death
by: Algernon Blackwood
text at: http://www.horrormasters.com/Text/a2346.pdf
running time: 24:16

hope you like it!
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Post by mooseboy » March 10th, 2009, 6:17 pm

Hi Catharine,

Been a little while, stupid work interfering with real life... ;-)

I was thinking about recording an old favorite that was recorded several times during the days of Old Time Radio... Three Skeleton Key, by George Toudouze.

http://www.scaryforkids.com/three-skeleton-key-free-horror-story/

I *believe* it's in the public domain, I see it posted in several places, along with the OTR recordings from the 40's/50's, but it's not in Gutenberg.

What'cha think? Okay to record?

Hope all is well with you.

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Post by ceastman » March 10th, 2009, 8:14 pm

sandarroch, lovely reading as always. Blackwood must have been in one of his good moods the day he wrote that one. :)

Mooseboy, I've done a bit of research. The original story was published in Esquire in 1937 (see this link), which may or may not be public domain depending on whether it was renewed or not. (The fact that archive.org is also hosting the Vincent Price recording makes me think that if the recording is PD, the story probably is too, but I just don't know for sure.) I know someone I can PM who has much more information about this sort of thing, and I'll ask him and get back to you as soon as I know!

-Catharine

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Post by sandarroch » March 11th, 2009, 5:30 am

Hi Catharine

thanks. Yes, the Dance of Death is a very comforting vision of death, and as my parents are not in good health, more meaningful than I had realized when I chose it. Must find out more about Blackwood ....

best
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Post by ceastman » March 12th, 2009, 9:12 pm

sandarroch, you might also like "The Dance of Death" and "The Valley of the Beasts" (recorded in this collection by Mooseboy).

speaking of whom...

Mooseboy, I hate to be the bearer of bad news.
I, in a PM to gweeks, wrote:I have a reader who'd like to record "Three Skeleton Key" by George Toudouze, which was originally published in the January 1937 volume of Esquire according to this site. Several places - including archive.org - provide the MP3 of Vincent Price reading the story for the Escape! radio series. My guess is that if the recording is PD, the original story is too, but I wanted to check with someone with more information about it. Any insight you can give will be appreciated!
gweeks in reply wrote:There are some strange things with radio shows. Because of the way copyright law was when the shows were originally broadcast it's possible to have a radio show be in the public domain without the original story being in the public domain. I know of lots of SF shows that fall into this situation.

Esquire January 1937 renewed as R337902. The underlying story likely didn't renew, but PG would want confirmation that the magazine didn't own the copyright since the magazines copyright interest was renewed.
So unfortunately I'm going to have to conclude that the story itself isn't PD. I'm awfully sorry. :( (You can of course make a recording for your private use, but we can't publish it here.)

-Catharine

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Post by mooseboy » March 13th, 2009, 3:26 am

ceastman wrote:
So unfortunately I'm going to have to conclude that the story itself isn't PD. I'm awfully sorry. :( (You can of course make a recording for your private use, but we can't publish it here.)

-Catharine
Bummer! It might be just as well, I could never beat Vincent Price's version... :-)

As an alternative, I'm thinking instead to do "The Horla" by Guy de Maupassant. Published 1887.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Horla

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new2?id=MauStor.sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&tag=public&part=4&division=div1

http://gaslight.mtroyal.ca/horlaX4.htm

Biggest question is "can it done in 60 minutes?" I did a quick estimate, it's going to be close...

Think I'm safe on this one, copyright-wise. Don't see it in catalog other than as a WIP in the original French.

What'cha think?
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Post by Steampunk » March 13th, 2009, 6:47 am

FYI... There a "safe" PD version of The Horla in this collection at Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3080

It's probably indentical to the version at University of Virginia site, but translations can be tricky and it's good to be sure. :)


Jim



P.S. Also, for anyone interested in the Vincent Price OTR production of Three Skeleton Key it's at Archive: http://www.archive.org/details/ThreeSkeletonKey

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Post by nyarlathotep » March 13th, 2009, 11:30 am

I would like to read "The Voice in the Night"
by William Hope Hodgson
(1877-1918)

from The Blue Magazine (1907-nov)

If it is alright.

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