Audio: The Kilphouca stories
Each day this week has featured one reading from the Kilphouca stories: extracts from a collection of short stories in development, set in a fictional Irish town which has been gripped by mass hysteria—a hallucinatory contamination in the whiskey during a local festival. Written by Brian Manton.
Here are all five to enjoy in one sitting.
“That one man could forever change the nature of the town, would put forevermore a murmur in its soft heartbeat, was never expected.”
“Jolene sat low, well below the cloud of enthusiasm and safe from infection. She was reeling from the sudden conclusion of a thing with a thick tongued liar.”
“The conspiring mishaps. The signs of deeper attrition. The unwillingness of the house to be a house, to be lived in.”
“That fresh breeze in off the peat bog was Godly and all, but it never held her in the same reverie that small, ordinary, often mass-produced things did.”
“A dark origin at the heart of Kilphouca.”
Caitlin’s story will continue…
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Brian Manton is an Irish writer based in Swansea, Wales.
Recorded and mastered by Adam Howell.
Images, text and audio copyright © 2021 Brian Manton.
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