COMPLETE - Short Horror Story Collection 001 SW/tc

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Peter Why
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Post by Peter Why » October 13th, 2006, 3:04 pm

This collection is complete. All files may be downloaded from the catalog page here:
http://librivox.org/horror_story_collection_001/



We're after short Horror Stories!

According to Wikipedia, Horror Fiction is any medium intended to scare, unsettle, or horrify the reader. Historically, the cause of the "horror" experience has often been the intrusion of an evil--or, occasionally, misunderstood element into everyday human experience. Since the 1960s, any work of fiction with a morbid, gruesome, or exceptionally or frightening theme has come to be called "horror".

"Ghost stories" are being collected separately; they generally involve subtlety and indirection. Horror stories often do not. Of course, some stories can go into either collection, but for me, the difference is in the reader's / listener's reaction to the story: it's a Ghost Story when you get a shiver and an Eeek and a Horror Story with a grimace and an Urrgh.

For some stories to read, there's Horrormasters ... and more at Literary Gothic

I've seen a note on one site "Please note that Lovecraft’s fiction is still considered to be under copyright by Arkham House, and any texts presently available on the web without their consent are in violation of that copyright." .. but there has been a discussion in this forum about it: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3513&highlight=copyright+Lovecraft ... please check there before reading Lovecraft stories.

After 10 stories are submitted, we will collect them, catalog them, and make them available to the public.

Recording Notes:
  • Begin your recording with the standard Librivox Disclaimer: "This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox Recordings are in the public domain. For more information and to find out how you can volunteer, please visit Librivox.org"
  • Say: "[Story Title], by [Author Name]"
  • At end, say: "End of [Story Title], by [Author Name]"
  • Please leave a minimum of 3 seconds of silence at the end of your recording. If the recording is over 30 minutes long, leave 5 seconds; if an hour or more, 10 seconds. This is because some players cut off the end of mp3 recordings on playback.
  • Recording info: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6427#6430
  • More recording info: http://librivox.org/about-recording/
  • Even more recording info: http://librivox.org/wiki/moin.cgi/NewbieGuideToRecording
File Format: 44100Hz, 16-bit, 128kpbs, MP3

File Name: (lower case, with words separated by underscores):
story_title_author_lastname_readers_initials.mp3 (e.g. mystery_of_death_sexton_py.mp3)

(Don't include punctuation - such as apostrophes - in the title, and abbreviate it if it's long, or starts with "the" or "a" etc.)

ID3 Tags:
  • Title/Name: [Story Title] (e.g. The Mystery of Death)
  • Artist: [Author Name] (e.g. Mortimer Sexton)
  • Album: LibriVox Short Horror Stories - 001
  • Year: 2006
  • Genre: Speech
  • Track: (leave blank)
  • Comment: (optional) Recorded by [your name/pseudonym plus your url, if you wish]
How to submit your story:
  • If you have your own server space, you may simply post a link to your completed file in this forum
  • Or send it via http://www.yousendit.com with my email as the recipient (peter[dot]planete[at]tiscali[dot]co[dot]uk) ... in this case please also post the generated link in this forum.
  • If you can't get either of these options to work, PM me and I can give you a hand.
Please post the following with your file:
  • Source from which you read (i.e. Gutenberg etext url)
  • Your name as you would like it to appear on the catalog page.
  • URL of your homepage if you have one you would like linked to your name on the catalog page.
I'll download the files to my computer, carry out a quick check of the start and end of the sound file, then will upload them to a file store from which they can be downloaded. (The file store hasn't yet been set up.)

They'll be stored there until the collection is complete. Please feel free to download from there and proof-listen any of the stories; any that aren't proofed by the time the collection is complete will be passed to the Listeners thread before the collection is passed to the catalog.

Peter

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(Updated 20th February 2007)

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Peter Why
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Post by Peter Why » October 13th, 2006, 5:48 pm

First story: A Dreadful Night - by Edwin Lester Arnold

Source: http://www.horrormasters.com/Text/a1718.pdf

http://download.yousendit.com/F0B6F8763E40CFA6

Peter
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Post by greenman » October 13th, 2006, 8:38 pm

I would like to volunteer to read "The Premature Burial" by EA Poe for this collection.

Is this acceptable?

cheers,

matt
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Post by Peter Why » October 14th, 2006, 3:25 am

Of course; go to it. Put some creepiness into your listeners lives!

Thanks,

Peter
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Post by Caerdroia » October 19th, 2006, 6:02 am

Since "The Dunwich Horror" appears not to be available under public domain, I was thinking of doing one of its inspirations, "The Novel of the Black Seal", by Arthur Machen. (Don't worry- this "novel" is actually a short story!)

I also like "The Seed from the Sepulchre" by Clark Ashton Smith, and "Spurs" by Tod Robbins, but the anthologies containing these appear to have been published in 1933 and 1925 respectively. Does anyone know if either of these were first published in magazines early enough to make the cutoff date?

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Post by SmokestackJones » October 19th, 2006, 10:17 am

Hey Peter,

Okay, since The Music of Erich Zann worked, I did another Loveceaft. Here's The Terrible Old Man.

Source: http://dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/theterribleoldman.htm

-SJ
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Post by Peter Why » October 19th, 2006, 10:51 pm

Caerdroia,

If no-one has answered your question by this evening (about 1900 gmt), I'll have a look.

****

Thanks, SJ,

Downloading now; will do a sound check this evening. I'm sorry, could you try again? My downloader ended up with a couple of php files, which nothing on my system recognised.

Peter
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Post by Caerdroia » October 20th, 2006, 5:04 am

I found "Spurs". Its first magazine appearance was in February, 1923, so it should be ok.

Sadly, it doesn't look like any of Clark Ashton Smith's short stories are old enough to qualify. The earliest reference I can find is 1928. Shame, though. His horror stories are some of the creepiest.

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Post by SmokestackJones » October 20th, 2006, 6:04 am

Peter Why wrote: Thanks, SJ,

Downloading now; will do a sound check this evening. I'm sorry, could you try again? My downloader ended up with a couple of php files, which nothing on my system recognised.

Peter
Hey Peter,

Strange. DropLoad is usually pretty reliable.

No matter. Try this one:

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=F1565FC83ACFC515

-SJ
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Post by thistlechick » October 20th, 2006, 7:28 am

Caerdroia wrote:I found "Spurs". Its first magazine appearance was in February, 1923, so it should be ok.
1923 is a year too late... they need to be published in 1922 or earlier ... but it is possible that it is in the public domain due to not having it's copyright renewed.... I'll see what I can find out for you though =)

EDIT:
I'm finding that "Spurs" was published in a book called Who wants a green bottle? and other uneasy tales in 1926 ... I checked to see if the copyright on this publication was renewed, and it looks like it was not, which means that it is, indeed in the public domain... unless the renewal was made on the original magazine publication.... but it looks like the original Munsey's Magazine copyright was renewed... you can see it here: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/cce/cache/50b-0097.gif .... I think we may want to run that book through Project Gutenberg's copyright clearance process before we allow it though.

Just for reference, Tod Robbins does have some work that is clearly in the public domain... you can see them listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tod_Robbins (poetry/stories/novels published in 1922 or earlier).
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Post by Peter Why » October 20th, 2006, 1:02 pm

Thanks for your work, Betsie.

... and thanks, SJ, a nice gentle, humorous reading. I didn't check it against the text, so we'll put it for a formal Listen when the collection's complete. You might want to slow your reading just a touch, to increase the shiver .. but this may just be a quirk of mine, with me having a slow voice myself .. don't worry too much about it.

Could you give me an on-line source for the story, please?

You mentioned your name in the ID3 tags; do you want the story to be catalogued under this or Smokestack Jones, and do you want your URL to appear in the catalog?

Peter
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Post by SmokestackJones » October 20th, 2006, 1:20 pm

Peter Why wrote:Thanks for your work, Betsie.

... and thanks, SJ, a nice gentle, humorous reading. I didn't check it against the text, so we'll put it for a formal Listen when the collection's complete. You might want to slow your reading just a touch, to increase the shiver .. but this may just be a quirk of mine, with me having a slow voice myself .. don't worry too much about it.

Could you give me an on-line source for the story, please?

You mentioned your name in the ID3 tags; do you want the story to be catalogued under this or Smokestack Jones, and do you want your URL to appear in the catalog?

Peter
Hey Peter,

Thanks. Here's the source:

http://dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/theterribleoldman.htm

You can cataloge it under Glen Hallstrom. Yeah, my URL would be fine (http://toomuchjohnson.blogspot.com).

Yeah, I understand about the speed of reading. I'm constantly trying to slow myself down.

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Post by Starlite » October 28th, 2006, 5:18 am

I have been looking for works for you and found this:

http://manybooks.net/titles/braddonmother05cold_embrace.html

Maybe someone would like to record it. I have no working mic at the moment. :(
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Post by billcoon » November 4th, 2006, 7:57 pm

Hello,

Here is a recording of "The Mark of the Beast" by Rudyard Kipling.

Source: Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/5777
Length: 31:06
YouSendIt Link: http://download.yousendit.com/1BEB3CED5FB7A137
Reader: Bill Coon (please link to my LibriVox profile)

If you have any questions, please let me know.

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Post by Peter Why » November 5th, 2006, 4:08 am

Thanks, Bill; downloading now. I'll do a quick sound check later and put a note in this post.

Peter
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