Widdershins by Oliver Onions audiobook

Widdershins: The First Book of Ghost Stories

By Oliver Onions
Read by Paul Boehmer , Gabrielle de Cuir , Rosalyn Landor , and Stefan Rudnicki

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8.37 Hours Unabridged
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At first blush, Widdershins is a conventional haunted house story involving an unsuccessful writer, who moves into an empty house in hope that isolation will help his failing creativity. His sensitivity and imagination are enhanced by his seclusion, but his art, his only friend, and his sanity are all destroyed in the process … The story can be read as narrating the gradual possession of the protagonist by a mysterious and possessive feminine spirit, or as a realistic description of a psychotic outbreak culminating in catatonia and murder, told from the psychotic subject’s point of view. The precise description of the slow disintegration of the protagonist’s mind is terrifying in either case. Included are: “The Beckoning Fair One” read by Stefan Rudnicki “Phantas” read by Paul Boehmer “Rooum” read by Stefan Rudnicki “Benlian” read by Paul Boehmer “The Accident” read by Gabrielle de Cuir  “The Lost Thyrsus” read by Rosalyn Landor  “Hic Jacet” read by Stefan Rudnicki “The Cigarette Case” read by Paul Boehmer 

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Summary

Summary

At first blush, Widdershins is a conventional haunted house story involving an unsuccessful writer, who moves into an empty house in hope that isolation will help his failing creativity. His sensitivity and imagination are enhanced by his seclusion, but his art, his only friend, and his sanity are all destroyed in the process …

The story can be read as narrating the gradual possession of the protagonist by a mysterious and possessive feminine spirit, or as a realistic description of a psychotic outbreak culminating in catatonia and murder, told from the psychotic subject’s point of view. The precise description of the slow disintegration of the protagonist’s mind is terrifying in either case.

Included are:
“The Beckoning Fair One” read by Stefan Rudnicki
“Phantas” read by Paul Boehmer
“Rooum” read by Stefan Rudnicki
“Benlian” read by Paul Boehmer
“The Accident” read by Gabrielle de Cuir 
“The Lost Thyrsus” read by Rosalyn Landor 
“Hic Jacet” read by Stefan Rudnicki
“The Cigarette Case” read by Paul Boehmer 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“There is some hair-raising stuff in Widdershins…There is great literary excellence in this book, besides satisfaction for the mere seeker after thrills” A. M. Burrage, author of Some Ghost Stories
“[A] book of fine creepy stories.” J. B. Priestley, novelist and playwright
“[Onion’s] books have a lasting attraction for a reader who enjoys using his brains and his imagination.” Clemence Dane, novelist and playwright, praise for the author
“A landmark book in the history of supernatural fiction.” E. F. Bleiler, editor, bibliographer, and scholar of science fiction, detective fiction, and fantasy literature

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Author

Author Bio: Oliver Onions

Author Bio: Oliver Onions

George Oliver Onions (1873–1961), who published under the name Oliver Onions, was a British writer of short stories and over forty novels. He wrote in a variety of genres but is perhaps best remembered for his ghost stories, notably the highly regarded collection Widdershins and the widely anthologized novella The Beckoning Fair One. He was married to the novelist Berta Ruck. Originally trained as a commercial artist, he worked as a designer of posters and books and as a magazine illustrator during the Boer War. Encouraged by the American writer Gelett Burgess, Onions began writing fiction.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Horror
Runtime: 8.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English