Audio Craft 2003, 60 minutes
See also Tales From the Dark River.
As heard at the Art Station's Tour of Southern Ghosts, and on The Moonlit Road.
The Dark River moves broad and slow, all warm and blue-green as teal blood. And as it moves, it picks up things like towns and ships and people. And stories. Especially stories.
It is the Dark River Queen, steaming like glory into River Bend and history.
It is Enoch Gray and Arribell Dupree, a man who was in love and a woman who wasn't and the horrible things they did on the decks of the Lady Ann Bolyn.
It's Mix Annabelle Segrest Blankenship, haunting the ghosts who are haunting her.
It's Chancey Fox, a gambler who wasn't near as smart as he thought he was and Sheriff Black Mountain Kincaid, who just didn't know when to give up.
And it's a magnificent mountebank named Dr. Rembrandt Cavanaugh who fooled the whole town of Port Alexandria. And himself. And something else.
Join master storyteller Thomas E. Fuller for a twilight journey down the Dark River as it runs through the Southland, hungry for the Gulf. There will be stops along the way. But make sure you are in your cabin before nightfall. It's just safer that way.
Written and performed by Thomas E Fuller; with Joyce Leigh as Annabell Segrest Blankenship and Brad Strickland as the Riverkeeper. Soundscaping and engineering by Henry Howard at Audio Craft. Typography, design and cover montage by Jame A. Riley, Riley Design Works. Original photography by Caran Wilbanks.
"Miz Annabell Segrest Blankenship" originally appeared as "Haunted by the Living, Opelika 1928," in Gothic Ghosts, edited by Charles Grant and Wendy Webb. "Dr. Rembrandt Cavanaugh" originally appeared as "Dr. Cavanaugh and the Mermaid" on The Moonlit Road. "A Riverkeeper's Guide to the Dark River and It's Envorins" is the property of the Dark River Writers and used with their kind permission.