19th-century Irish novelist Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu helped shaped the Victorian ghost story. His 1872 story The Familiar showcases his ability to create chilling tales in which the supernatural is only one possible explanation.
The Familiar tells the story of navy captain James Barton, who is pursued by a demon named "The Watcher". Hearing voices, Barton begins to fixate on his fiancée’s pet owl, which may or may not be real.
Using mid-Atlantic accents, Walter Zimmerman and Walter Covell bring restraint and tension to their performances of this spooky tale of madness and paranoia.
© and (P)1984 Jimcin Recordings
The narrator combined incorrect pronunciation with a bland voice and poor audio quality. Mediocre ghost story. Spend your time elsewhere.
"Mystery start to end."
Sets the stage for a very eerie tale.
Very good. Does individual voices for characters well.
Yes, but is a short story anyway. It doesn't provide any reason for the haunting. The apparition follows his subject with the same menace throughout. In the final chapters he becomes aware of his impending demise. When this comes we do not learn what happened either.
For the price it was a good listen. No-one can ascertain motives of a supernatural force but the story does suggest possible causes for the haunting.
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