“This double billing of Bram Stoker’s DRACULA, and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s CARMILLA, the vampire story that inspired Stoker, is piercingly wonderful. Bookended by haunting music, the tales share gripping plots, first-person narrators, requisite settings in mountainous middle Europe, and some people with sharp teeth. They also have fantastic narrators. In CARMILLA, Alison Larkin’s crystalline tone transmutes as needed from young English girl to old European man, and her pacing transforms the old-fashioned sentences into easy listening while maintaining tension. Clive Hayward’s performance of the tightly plotted DRACULA is a tour de force of clear narration, ratcheting-up anxiety, and astonishing characterizations of everyone from English country gal to the Vlad himself. Do not miss the postproduction chat between Larkin and Hayward, which adds to the production’s many pleasures.” –Audiofile (Read review here)
Meet the Vampires who started it all – the original Count Dracula, and his older female counterpart Carmilla – brought to compelling new life by Clive Hayward and Alison Larkin.
Le Fanu’s tortured, powerful female vampire, Carmilla, has been terrifying generations with its themes of lesbian attraction, forbidden and dangerous desires, manipulation and misdirection. Le Fanu’s Carmilla inspired Bram Stoker to create his own vampire classic. Thus Dracula, written 26 years later, expanded and locked in many of the vampire-lore conventions that modern fantasy writers still embrace. Hayward and Larkin offer delicious new readings of these blood-chilling tales, followed by a fascinating interview about their process and reactions to the stories, straight from the London recording studio.
About the Authors:
Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) was an Irish author acclaimed for his horror stories, many of which leave an ambiguity of interpretation to the reader – heightening the suspense and fear.
Bram Stoker (1847-1873) began his writing career as a theater critic for the Dublin Evening Mail (co-owned by another horror writer – Sheridan Le Fanu). But it was while managing the London theater of acclaimed English actor Henry Irving that he found time to begin writing Dracula.
About the Narrators:
Clive Hayward trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and has many West End credits, and has recently completed a fourth season as a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company. Clive’s audiobook recording of Frankenstein won him the coveted AudioFile Earphones Award.
Alison Larkin is an actress, comedienne, bestselling novelist and the award-winning narrator of over 200 audiobooks. Her autobiographical novel The English American won an AudioFile Earphones Award and joined President Obama and E.B. White on Audible’s top ten list of Best Author-narrated audiobooks of all time. Her acclaimed 81 hour recording of The Complete Novels of Jane Austen begins with her Earphones Award-winning recording of Sense and Sensibility. She also won an Earphones Award for her narration of Peter Pan and the Inconsiderate Waiter by J.M. Barrie and has narrated many NY Times bestsellers.