Stories of madness, insanity and losing your grip on reality.
Read by Ian Holm, William Dufris & Richard Mitchley (Unabridged: 17hrs 36mins)
Featuring stories by Nikolai Gogol, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Leo Tolstoy, HP Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Arthur Conan Doyle & more.
We are all driven by needs, desires, ambitions and many other forces. Life runs as normal with the obligatory ups and downs.
However, sometimes the ‘off’ switch in our heads doesn’t quite work as intended. The world, ourselves, and others, are seen in fractured ways through this disjointed prism of life. Elements of this life can become distorted, leading to distrust, paranoia, meltdown or breakdown, as the brain seeks to avoid real suffering by creating an illusion. The permutations are endless. Sometimes people are brought back from the brink and sometimes the edge can be a moving target. Often, at least in the literary world, madness is a sanctuary. If only others really knew, really understood…….
In this volume such literary leviathans as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Nikolai Gogol, Edgar Allan Poe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and many others provide tales from pens that seep with wisdom and worry.
Genius has many names.
In this compilation -
1 - Stories on Madness - An Introduction
2 - The Pit and The Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
3 - Diary of a Lunatic by Leo Tolstoy
4 - Le Horla by Guy De Maupassant
5 - The Call of Cthulhu - Part 1 by H P Lovecraft
6 - The Call of Cthulhu - Part 2 by H P Lovecraft
7 - The Diary of a God by Barry Pain
8 - Brothers by Sherwood Anderson
9 - The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe
10 - The Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley
11 - The Devil in Manuscript by Nathaniel Hawthorne
12 - Hide And Seek or Pliatki by Fyodor Sologub
13 - The Shape of Fear by Elia W Peattie
14 - The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
15 - The Repairer of Reputations - Part 1 by Robert W Chambers
16 - The Repairer of Reputations - Part 2 by Robert W Chambers
17 - The Miracle by John Davys Beresford
18 - Shut Out by F Anstey
19 - Adventure by Sherwood Anderson
20 - A Red Flower by Vsevolod Garshin
21 - Diary of a Madman by Nikolai Gogol
22 - The Republic of the Southern Cross by Valery Bryusov
23 - The Mass of Shadows by Anatol France
24 - The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
25 - A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle
26 - The Fall of the House of Usher - Part 1 by Edgar Allan Poe
27 - The Fall of the House of Usher - Part 2 by Edgar Allan Poe