At the time of writing, Covid-19 has brought society to a standstill and the majority of us are stuck indoors, or even if not, things have turned rather grim. With that in mind I decided to start this series of eclectic narrations to help provide some distractions to people during these trying times.
THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO
This is my favourite of all Edgar Allen Poe's stories, and with the plague upon us, the ending of this particular story seemed oddly topical.
All requisite credits can be found in the description of the video on YouTube.
'The Cask of Amontillado' was written by Edgar Allan Poe, this reading is a fan made production intended for entertainment purposes only, no violation of copyright is intended.
THE MECHANICALS' PLAY FROM 'A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM'
A one-man audio rendition of the play within a play from William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' If you would have the spleen and laugh yourself into a concussion (and misquote the wrong play) give it a listen.
Again all relevant credits are in the description of the video on YouTube and again, no copyright infringement is intended, this is done for entertainment purposes only.
DRAGON WING - BOOK ONE OF THE DEATH GATE CYCLE - PROLOGUE READING
The first chapter of the first book of the excellent and highly recommended Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, read by yours truly.
Relevant credits in YouTube video description
All credit goes to the original writers, this is a fan reading intended for entertainment purposes only. No copyright infringement intended.
'MY FRIENDS' - An Original Narrative Poem
Don't let the title fool you, this is a dark and mysterious tale packed with mystery and tragic implications... I'm not *exactly* lying.
DISASTER OF THE GLADDEN FIELDS
An extract from 'Unfinished Tales' by J.R.R. Tolkien, read by your's truly. This covers the death of Isildur at the end of the second age, following the war of the last alliance.
5 POEMS BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN
From the humorous to the sinister and back again
From the wandering realm of Tahmath-Shalvakryne, from the War of the Sea of Nothing universe(s), this covers what might be considered an ordinary day.
THE BATTLE OF GREENFIELDS
A poetic telling of the first battle fought on the Shire, wherein the stouthearted yet peace loving Hobbits stood against the marauding goblin band of dread Golfimbul. The battle was ultimately decided by the duel... such as it was... between Golfimbul and the valiant Bandobras 'Bullroarer' Took.
WHAT I AM DOES NOT MATTER
From the perspective of the Torth-Viesh himself, gloomily considering his nature, his fate and how irrelevant his remorse must be in the face of the advancing Void.
THE PAIN MUST END
Something a bit more grounded, and by my own grim and ghastly standards, more optimistic. This is a look at a man lost to his grief, and the inevitability it must lead him to.
THE STORIES YOU CATCH
And here we come to the end. Sadly not the end of the plague at the time of writing but the end of the lock-down and thus the end of this series. To close things out, here's a recital of ten original poems, mostly narratives telling peculiar tales.
I hope all these videos provided some amusement and distraction for you, during hard times or otherwise.