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The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham

Narrated by: David Ian Davies
Length: 45 mins
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A promising young doctor meets a short, yellow-faced old man, who promises "freedom and influence". That one seemingly chance introduction begins a series of increasingly unbelievable events in his life that culminate in a fateful, eternal, and damning swap. David Ian Davies performs H. G. Welles' masterful short tale of supernatural evil in tones that flow engagingly between melancholy and malevolent. Written as a warning to others who might "profit" by the storyteller’s misfortune, it is instead a harrowing fable of the villainy to which science may be put.

Publisher's Summary

The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham opens with the following preface to Edward George Eden's account of the progressively unbelievable incidents leading to his death: "I set this story down, not expecting it will be believed, but, if possible, to prepare a way of escape for the next victim. He, perhaps, may profit by my misfortune. My own case, I know, is hopeless, and I am now in some measure prepared to meet my fate."
Public Domain (P)2009 One Voice Recordings

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