by Nathaniel Hawthorne
38 minutes, 54 seconds
Unabridged Short Fiction
A puritan confronts witches, the devil, and his own morality in the spooky, Salem woods in this classic American short story.
Originally for sale on September 13, 2006, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1964) was an American short story writer of the Romantic tradition. He is probably most famous for his novel The Scarlet Letter. Contemporary Herman Melville dedicated his novel Moby-Dick to Hawthorne "in appreciation for his genius."
Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)
Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical) Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.
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