[Horror/Weird Fiction]The Human Chord-Algernon Blackwood -ag

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Post by alg1001 » January 3rd, 2021, 3:14 pm

The Human Chord by Algernon Blackwood (1869 - 1951).

The following sets the tone for this work of weird fiction:
"Numbers of strange people advertised in the newspapers, he knew, just as numbers of strange people wrote letters to them; and Spinny—so he was called by those who loved him—was a diligent student of the columns known as "Agony" and "Help wanted." Whereupon it came about that he was aged twenty-eight, and out of a job, when the threads of the following occurrence wove into the pattern of his life, and "led to something" of a kind that may well be cause for question and amazement.
The advertisement that formed the bait read as follows:—
"WANTED, by Retired Clergyman, Secretarial Assistant with courage and imagination. Tenor voice and some knowledge of Hebrew essential; single; unworldly. Apply Philip Skale,"—and the address."
( Algernon Blackwood)
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Post by SkeletonJ » January 4th, 2021, 9:02 am

hey alg1001

I'm probably a bit rusty, but I would like to try my hand at chapter 1 (both parts). So I would hereby like to claim sections 1 and 2 under the pseudonym SkeletonJ. Thanks! :)
Check out my blog where I post writing exercises and sometimes muse about literary subjects

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Post by alg1001 » January 4th, 2021, 5:51 pm

Hi,
They are yours. I am sure they will be smooth.
Thanks for starting this off!
-Amy

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Post by OooThatsNifty » January 5th, 2021, 8:48 am

Could I take Chapter 2 (Sections 3 & 4)? Thanks!

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Post by alg1001 » January 5th, 2021, 8:58 am

Please do.
Thank you!
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Post by FrigidBones » January 5th, 2021, 10:27 am

Hi! I'd love to claim chapter 3 if its still available!

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Post by alg1001 » January 5th, 2021, 11:51 am

Hi,
Section 5 aka Chapter 3 is yours.
Thanks!
-Amy

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Post by Anautumnous » January 5th, 2021, 12:25 pm

Hello,

I would love to volunteer for section 9, chapter 7, if it's still available. This is my first recording, you can list my name as "Autumn".

Thank you!

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Post by alg1001 » January 5th, 2021, 7:11 pm

Hi Autumn,
I signed you up for Section 9. Please submit a one-minute test in the Listeners Forum to check your tech specs to make sure your setup is good before you put the work in.
Cheers,
-Amy

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Post by JackpotSeven » January 6th, 2021, 10:28 am

May I claim all of Section 6 aka Chapter 4? Name: JackpotSeven

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Post by alg1001 » January 6th, 2021, 11:51 am

JackpotSeven wrote:
January 6th, 2021, 10:28 am
May I claim all of Section 6 aka Chapter 4? Name: JackpotSeven
Most certainly, JackpotSeven.
Thanks for your claim!
-Amy

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Post by JackpotSeven » January 6th, 2021, 1:54 pm

I have some pronunciation questions about Section 6 aka Chapter 4, some of these might be obvious but I just want to make sure:

"Spinrobin" -> pronounced like Robinhood?
"Mr. Skale" -> pronounced like 'scale'?
"Mrs. Mawle" -> ?

This sentence:
"His ordinary mental picture of the mere letters SARAHMAWLE disappeared and became merged in something else"
Should I spell out the letters or just say the name?

Thanks in advance!

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Post by alg1001 » January 6th, 2021, 6:40 pm

Hi Jackpot,
Yes, I would go with those for Spinrobin and Skale. I believe Mawle would be pronounced like mall.
I think spelling them out would work well in this instance.
Thanks,
-Amy

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Post by TruistKnave » January 7th, 2021, 8:29 pm

Hello, I'd like to sign up for section 7 (ch. 5) Under the pseudonym: TruistKnave
This is my first time recording for Librivox. (Or anywhere.) Thanks!
I am the you that you would be if you were me.

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Post by alg1001 » January 8th, 2021, 8:31 am

Hi TruistKnave,
I signed you up for Section 7. I hope you enjoy recording. Maybe you will get hooked. It is a lot of fun.
Cheers,
-Amy

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