Short Story Recordings

Classic stories, read by some of our favorite actors. We’ve collaborated with all of these actors on our film projects. Because our work is almost entirely period-based, we thought it would be fun to ask them to read stories set in the era of a film they appeared in. We think the results are a lot of fun, and we hope you do, too.

The Luck of Roaring Camp (Bret Harte)

Brian Wiles ("Cassius 'The Cub' Delaney" in A Person Known to Me) reads Bret Harte's story of an infant born in a frontier mining camp.

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When we spent a month at the American Antiquarian Society, doing research for A Person Known to Me, we came across a wonderful edition of "The Luck of Roaring Camp," published by J. R. Osgood and Co. in 1872, and filled with fantastic engravings. You can see a digital copy of the book here.

The Lonesome Road (O. Henry)

Two old friends pay a visit to a saloon in this story, read by Donal Thoms-Cappello ("Constantine Sherro" in A Person Known to Me, "Eddie Doyle" in The Red Machine and Jimmie Foxx in Gandhi at the Bat.)

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The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm (Mark Twain)

Mark Twain's story, read by Roger Ainslie ("Harlan Kendrick, the Pinkertons' Finest" in A Person Known to Me and "Harrison Llewellyn Petrie" in The Red Machine).

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On the Divide (Willa Cather)

Anne-Marie Mueschke plays a young chemist accused of murdering her mine owner father in Jerome, Arizona, in Parcel No. 7 of A Person Known to Me. Here, she reads "On the Divide" by Willa Cather.

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To Build a Fire (Jack London)

When we shot Parcel No. 5 of A Person Known to Me in Port Townsend, Washington, we learned that according to local legend, Jack London once spent a night drunk in the town jail (deposited there for his own protection by a good-hearted prostitute). In Port Townsend, we also had the pleasure of meeting Peter Wiant, who joined us to play an evil saloonkeeper (and whose real-life daughter Kaya played his on-screen daughter). In honor of that Jack London connection, here's Peter, reading "To Build a Fire."

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Are there any stories you'd like to hear read? Let us know...maybe we can oblige...