The Vanishing Season by Katy Darby - Audio Novella

Stuck at home during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, I thought I'd read my Gothic, Victorian novella aloud as I work on editing it.


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Subtitle: Stuck at home during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, I thought I'd read my Gothic, Victorian novella aloud as I work on editing it.
Summary: A Gothic, Victorian novella about Doom paintings, wodewose and Suffolk folklore, set in the long, hot summer of 1892. For fans of M. R. James and general historical creepiness. Read by the author, Katy Darby, for fun and your entertainment. Katy Darby studied English Literature at Somerville College, Oxford and took her MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she received the David Higham Award. Her fiction has been read on BBC Radio 4, and she has published stories in magazines including Slice, Mslexia and The London Magazine, as well as winning prizes in several international fiction competitions (Fish, Arvon and Bridport, among others). Her first novel, The Whores' Asylum, is published by Fig Tree (Penguin): the paperback title is The Unpierced Heart. More recently, five of her prizewinning short stories were published in the Arachne Press anthology Five by Five, and her poem "Duct tape, milk, shilling, towels" was named as the winner of the Shooter Poetry Prize 2019.
Author: Katy Darby; Category: Arts; Explicit: No

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Katy Darby / The Vanishing Season (Part 1) by Katy Darby - Audio Novella0:26:39128kbps4410024.41 MB
When Cambridge scholar James Emmerson's estranged best friend Chester Whittingstall suddenly invites him down to the sleepy Suffolk hamlet of Wenhaston, where Whittingstall is the vicar, there has to be a deeper reason than the discovery of an extraordinary medieval Doom painting ... hasn't there?

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Katy Darby / The Vanishing Season (Part 2) by Katy Darby - Audio Novella0:30:30128kbps4410027.93 MB
Summer, 1892: Cambridge scholar James Emmerson has been invited down to the tiny Suffolk hamlet of Wenhaston by its vicar - and his estranged friend - Chester Whittingstall, to view a recently discovered Doom painting. But when he arrives, his host is nowhere to be found ... The Vanishing Season is read by the author, Katy Darby, for fun & entertainment during the Spring 2020 Covid lockdown. Enjoy!

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Katy Darby / The Vanishing Season (Part 3) by Katy Darby - Audio Novella0:22:22128kbps4410020.48 MB
Victorian Gothic M. R. Jamesian fun. Summer 1892: Emmerson, a Cambridge History scholar, has been invited to the tiny Suffolk hamlet of Wenhaston by estranged pal Chester Whittingstal to view a medieval Doom painting recently discovered there. Yet when he arrives his host is nowhere to be seen and it's the verger, Oxborrow, who leaves him alone with the decidedly disturbing painting. Having missed the last train, he is obliged to put up at the vicarage for the night ...

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Katy Darby / The Vanishing Season (Part 4) by Katy Darby - Audio Novella0:32:37128kbps4410029.87 MB
Forced to stay overnight at Wenhaston, Emmerson's just spied something spooky in the graveyard of St Peter's ... but was it real, or some sort of dream?

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Katy Darby / The Vanishing Season (Part 4) by Katy Darby - Audio Novella0:21:39128kbps4410019.83 MB
Summer, 1892: Emmerson, having resolved to leave Wenhaston and abandon his search for Whittingstall, suddenly realises where the church in the painting is located. But on his journey to find his friend, he has a terrifying chase with an unseen pursuer ...

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Katy Darby / The Vanishing Season (Part 5) by Katy Darby - Audio Novella0:21:39128kbps4410019.83 MB
Summer, 1892: Emmerson, having resolved to leave Wenhaston and abandon his search for Whittingstall, suddenly realises where the church in the painting is located. But on his journey to find his friend, he has a terrifying chase with an unseen pursuer ...

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Katy Darby / The Vanishing Season (Part 6) by Katy Darby - Audio Novella0:31:24128kbps4410028.75 MB
Summer, 1892. James Emmerson, a Cambridge historian, has gone to see his old friend Chester Whittingstall, who recently discovered a medieval Doom painting at the church where he is vicar: St Peter’s, Wenhaston. Arriving, he finds Chester gone: Emmerson views the painting alone, attempting to sketch some of the devilish figures, and falls into a sort of trance, missing his train. Forced to stay overnight, he thinks he sees a feral, hunched figure sitting atop a new-dug grave. Next morning he dismisses it as a dream - but then sees a naked footprint in the fresh soil. Thinking Chester may have fled to the village of Hartest to discover the identity of the Doom artist, he decides to follow, hiring a horse and gig - but it seems that something preternaturally swift is also following him, and a breathless chase ends in his crashing his vehicle.

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Katy Darby / The Vanishing Season (Part 7) by Katy Darby - Audio Novella0:30:29128kbps4410027.92 MB
Summer, 1892. James Emmerson, a Cambridge historian, has gone to see his old friend Chester Whittingstall, who recently discovered a medieval Doom painting at the church where he is vicar: St Peter’s, Wenhaston. Arriving, he finds Chester gone: Emmerson views the painting alone, attempting to sketch some of the devilish figures, and falls into a sort of trance, missing his train. Forced to stay overnight, he thinks he sees a feral, hunched figure sitting atop a new-dug grave. Next morning he dismisses it as a dream - but then sees a naked footprint in the fresh soil. Thinking Chester may have fled to the village of Hartest to discover the identity of the Doom artist, he decides to follow, hiring a horse and gig - but it seems that something preternaturally swift is also following him, and a breathless chase ends in his crashing his vehicle.

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Katy Darby / The Vanishing Season (Part 8) by Katy Darby - Audio Novella0:21:59128kbps4410020.13 MB
Summer, 1892. James Emmerson, a Cambridge historian, has gone to see his old friend Chester Whittingstall, who recently discovered a medieval Doom painting at the church where he is vicar: St Peter’s, Wenhaston. Arriving, he finds Chester gone: Emmerson views the painting, sketching some of the figures Oxborrow says may be wodewose - hairy wild men - and falls into a sort of trance, missing his train. Forced to stay overnight, he thinks he sees a feral, hunched manlike shape sitting atop a new-dug grave. Next morning he dismisses it as a dream - but then sees a naked footprint in the fresh soil.

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