Three fine writers have created three gloriously chilling tales that will cut you to the quick. Will you be able to listen and turn out the light? Great stories, simply told with fresh voices. Shortalk - moving words off the page The Grave by the Handpost by Thomas Hardy
It is Christmas and a soldier returning from the war discovers a local choir singing a carol over the freshly dug grave by a cross roads. When the soldier discovers who is in the grave he vows to make amends. Thematically Thomas Hardy is under the microscope here, showing the tragedy of human existence with a wit as dry and bitter as a mid-winter gale blasting over the Wessex downs. The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
They say that revenge is a dish that is best served cold. it is positively icy in this classic tale as Montressor offers his 'friend' Fortunato a taste of his new acquisition, a pipe of Amontillado. Already full of revelry and the demon drink, Fortunato just cannot refuse. Poe is the master at creating tales that chill the blood and the further this story progresses, the more your temperature will drop. The Phantom Coach by Amelia Edwards
A traveller is lost on the North Yorkshire moors. it is snowing and he fears for his life. He meets a man who could be his salvation... A dark story where the journey really is as important as the destination, perhaps Edwards was drawing on her experience as a travel writer, journalist and Egyptologist for this tale. She certaianly can create a sense of place and puts us right there, alone in the fading gray light, a bleak aspect indeed with little hope of light on the horizon.
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Three Stories, Only One is Chilling
Really liked this quick little gem...
It was a quick listen to fill the time. I really liked the first story. The second story was not so good, but the last story was also very good.
I like the soldier who returned to find his father had killed myself. It was heartbreaking and ironic.
All of the performers did a great job - i love how they kind of drag you in and cling to you.
Definitley the soldier from the first story. He did so much and got so little in return.
- T. Hinton