First Story: “Jack Shade in the Forest of Souls – Part 1” by Rachel Pollack
Jack Shade, known in varied places and times as Journeyman Jack, or Jack Sad, or Handsome Johnny (though not any more), or Jack Summer, or Johnny Poet (though not for a long time), or even Jack Thief, was playing Old-Fashioned Poker. That was Jack’s name for it, not because the game itself was antiquated—it was Texas Hold Em, the TV game, as Jack thought of it—but because of the venue, a private hotel room, comfortable, elegant even, yet unlicensed and by private invitation only, in the age of Indian casinos no more than a few hours drive from anywhere. ….
Rachel Pollack is the author of 35 books of fiction and non-fiction, including Unquenchable Fire, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and Godmother Night, winner of the World Fantasy Award. Rachel’s books have been translated into fourteen languages, and are sold all over the world. Rachel’s most recent work is The Burning Serpent Oracle, co-created with Robert M. Place. Her new novel, The Child Eater, will be published by Jo Fletcher books in England in July, 2014, and the U. S. in Spring of 2015. You can visit her website at www.Rachelpollack.com
Narrator: Larry Oliver
Larry’s voice is often described as: warm, engaging, storyteller-like, believable, the guy next door; yet it can be professional, authoritative and quite sarcastic. It can be very character-like and quirky, with many different distinct character voices. His natural voice is clear, clean and articulate, with a “near-neutral” American accent. Larry’s training provides to him acting skills and self-directing skills, yet he takes direction very well. Larry’s dialects include: Appalachian, Southern US Seaboard, refined Southern, Hillbilly, Texas Drawl, West TX, Colorado/cowboy, General UK, Scottish Brogue, Irish, Middle-East, East Europe/Russian/Yiddish. His training and ‘honing-the-craft’ are continual, with award winning luminaries such as: Pat Fraley, Scott Brick, Hillary Huber, Bob Deyan, Marc Guss, Edge Studio to mention BUT A FEW: Larry enjoys: reading, hiking, yoga, Zumba, and cooking. Oliver has narrated several audio books available on audible, Amazon and iTunes, narrated documentary films done commercials, corporate training videos and much more. Go and take a listen at soundloud.com/revilo1951
Second story: “Gathering Rosebuds of Rust” by Nicola Belte
His reputation preceded him. Each letter of his name was a polished pearl upon a string, the tongue a pink, velvet pad beneath them. Fathers grew nervous, mothers swooned; the hair of young ladies sprung overnight into curls, the eyes of young gentlemen narrowed with suspicion.
My mother rushed around the parlour, spraying herself with icy water as she tried to bleed the blush from her cheeks. She couldn’t look too desperate, we couldn’t, she said, meaning me.
Nicola Belte lives in Birmingham, U.K and is a part-time MA student, part-time factotum and an in-between time writer of weird things. Say hello at http://nicolabelte.blogspot.com/ or @NicolaBelte
Narrator: Sarah Frederickson
Sarah Frederickson was born in Oregon in the United States, and was raised in beautiful Minnesota. At a young age she realized her passion for musical performance and the creative arts. Sarah spent most of her childhood singing and acting – both onstage and off – and affecting various accents for fun.
She soon found herself competing in local, state and national forensics competitions (that’s competitive speaking). Her experience and awards landed her a forensics scholarship to Bethel University in St.Paul Minnesota, where she continued to compete as well as train other speakers at the collegiate level. Sarah graduated with a degree in Music business and Audio Production. Shortly after graduation she traveled to Australia for a one-year holiday. During that time she became smitten with an Australian man who asked her to stay, and four years later the couple live and work in Australia, going on adventures, writing music and reading stories to their cat.