A sinister Venetian mirror serves as a portal for its long-dead mistress, weeping skulls lock in a lipless kiss, a loyal canine follows his gentle owner beyond the grave—this is the otherworldly realm of Spectral Haunts and Phantom Lovers. Here you will find a collection of eight supernatural tales set amongst the small villages and market towns of 1920s England. Each of them shares a passion fervent enough to reach across the invisible barriers separating the living from the dead. You are cordially and cautiously invited to experience this funereal bouquet of ghostly encounters read by renowned actress Louise Jameson (Dr. Who, Tenko, EastEnders). This exclusive recording is graced with an original haunting theme by distinguished French film composer Philippe d’Aram (Les héroïnes du mal, Fascination, La morte vivante) and cover-art designed by acclaimed artist Scot D. Ryersson.
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About The Reader
After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), the award-winning actress, director and writer Louise Jameson joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) to play in numerous productions at Stratford, London and America. She continues to perform to great acclaim in a variety of classic and contemporary works. Television series include: Doctor Who, Tom Brown’s Schooldays, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Bergerac, EastEnders, Tenko, Doc Martin, The Omega Factor and Emmerdale Farm. Television films include: A Quiet Courage, The Dumping Ground, My Friend Walter and The Tractate Middoth. Films credits include: Crossing Over and the award-winning shorts Cleaning Up and After Alice. Venturing into new media, Ms. Jameson appeared in the improvised comedy Internet series The Vessel for which she won a LA Web Fest Best Supporting Actor Award. Non-performance writing credits include the children’s book Beware the Goblin Men. The prolific Ms. Jameson performs, directs and writes regularly a wide range of audio works for Big Finish Productions, including: Doctor Who, Survivors, Gallifrey and The Omega Factor. She considers her two sons to be her best productions to date. Visit louisejameson.com for more information, including latest news, complete project portfolio and personal blog.
About The Author
Adrian Engleby was reputedly a little-known author and raconteur active on the Continent during the first quarter of the twentieth century. He gathered supernatural accounts during decades of travel from which he disappeared traceless in the mid-1920s.
About The Editors
Scot D. Ryersson is a renowned illustrator and graphic artist who has lived and worked in London, Toronto, Sydney, and New York City. He is the recipient of two Art Directors of London Awards and is responsible for acclaimed advertising campaigns for many Academy Award ®-winning films. Ryersson is also the author of numerous critiques and essays on film and literature. With Michael Orlando Yaccarino, he has co-authored the critically-acclaimed biographies Infinite Variety: The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati and The Marchesa Casati: Portraits of a Muse; the play Infinite Variety: Portrait of a Muse; and the fairy tale The Princess of Wax: A Cruel Tale. Ryersson lives in the Northeastern United States where he Co-Directs The Casati Archives. Visit marchesacasati.com to learn more.
Michael Orlando Yaccarino has written extensively on alternative film and unconventional historical figures for many international publications. With Scot D. Ryersson, he is co-author of the international best-selling biographies Infinite Variety: The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati and The Marchesa Casati: Portraits of a Muse; the play Infinite Variety: Portrait of a Muse; and the fairy tale The Princess of Wax: A Cruel Tale. Yaccarino lives in the Northeastern United States where he Co-Directs The Casati Archives. Visit marchesacasati.com to learn more.
About The Composer
Since the late 1970s, French film composer Philippe d’Aram has provided music for short and feature films, television series and documentaries, radio and multimedia formats. As for the otherworldly theme to Spectral Haunts and Phantom Lovers, he most certainly achieved the goal of creating, in his own words, “a somber atmosphere with hope.” While d’Aram has scored the works of such directors as André Cayatte, François Dupeyron and Claude Zidi, he is perhaps best known internationally for collaborations with European cult directors. These include Walerian Borowczyk for Les héroïnes du mal and Jean Rollin for whom he scored several films, including Fascination and La morte vivante. Among numerous events, d’Aram composed the official music for the 1992 XVI Olympic Winter Games at Albertville. In addition to organizing conferences to raise awareness of the importance of music in the cinema, d’Aram has taught film scoring at such institutions as L’université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, EFET (Paris), and Institut national de l’audiovisuel (Bry-sur-Marne). Commercial clients include Nina Ricci, Pernod-Ricard, IBM, Kodak and Dassault.
About The Director
Neil Gardner has worked in every facet of professional UK radio for nearly thirty years, starting in local BBC and commercial radio. From technician to programme controller, he has engineered, presented, produced and programmed at all levels for local, regional, national and international radio stations. Neil is a multiple-award-winning radio writer and director with a love of sci-fi and comedy. He is the Managing Director of Ladbroke Audio, one of the UK’s leading audiobook production houses, as well as its subsidiary audiobook publishing company Spokenworld Audio and independent radio production company Ladbroke Productions (the UK’s oldest radio indie). Neil produces, directs and edits numerous audiobooks for Audible UK, Red Apple Creative, Random House and BBC Audio (Ladbroke Audio produce all of the BBC’s Doctor Who audio titles), as well as working as an accomplished sound designer and director for Big Finish Productions. He was the Chair of the Radio Independents Group, Trustee of the Radio Academy and Trustee/Tutor at the Gateway School of Sound Engineering.