Widdershins
Oliver Onions

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Narrated By: Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, Rosalyn Landor, Stefan Rudnicki

Duration: 8 hours and 22 minutes

What to expect

At first blush, Widdershins is a conventional haunted house story involving an unsuccessful writer, who moves into an empty house in hope that isolation will help his failing creativity. His sensitivity and imagination are enhanced by his seclusion, but his art, his only friend, and his sanity are all destroyed in the process …

The story can be read as narrating the gradual possession of the protagonist by a mysterious and possessive feminine spirit, or as a realistic description of a psychotic outbreak culminating in catatonia and murder, told from the psychotic subject’s point of view. The precise description of the slow disintegration of the protagonist’s mind is terrifying in either case.

Included are:“The Beckoning Fair One” read by Stefan Rudnicki“Phantas” read by Paul Boehmer“Rooum” read by Stefan Rudnicki“Benlian” read by Paul Boehmer“The Accident” read by Gabrielle de Cuir “The Lost Thyrsus” read by Rosalyn Landor “Hic Jacet” read by Stefan Rudnicki“The Cigarette Case” read by Paul Boehmer

Genre

Horror and supernatural fiction, Horror and supernatural fiction, Classic fiction, Short stories

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“A landmark book in the history of supernatural fiction.”

E. F. Bleiler, editor, bibliographer, and scholar of science fiction, detective fiction, and fantasy literature

“[Onion’s] books have a lasting attraction for a reader who enjoys using his brains and his imagination.”

Clemence Dane, novelist and playwright, praise for the author

“[A] book of fine creepy stories.”

J. B. Priestley, novelist and playwright

“There is some hair-raising stuff in Widdershins…There is great literary excellence in this book, besides satisfaction for the mere seeker after thrills”