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13 Days of Spinechillers Day 6 - The Ring of Thoth

Alexander Finbow - Sunday, January 16, 2011
It's approaching half time at our grand event and so far we're winning by a hat trick. So before the referee blows his whistle we're sending one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's best down the pitch to score a devastating volley to ensure a well fought victory.

Okay, I'll quit the football analogies. Today's story is The Ring of Thoth, a beautifully written short by the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

Over to you Doug for a little more about the author and this story:

'As the creator of arguably the most famous fictional character in all of literature, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is another writer who needs little by way of introduction. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland to English and Irish parents in 1859. He was educated by Jesuits, but had rejected Christianity by the age of 16, before going on to study medicine at Edinburgh, and setting up a medical practice in Southsea in England where he wrote and published a short story in 1887 called A Study In Scarlet, which introduced a certain pipe-smoking detective to the world.

Three years after Holmes made his first bow, the story in this volume, The Ring Of Thoth was published along with 9 other tales in a collection called The Captain Of The Polestar And Other Stories. It’s theme of Sosra the Egyptian pursuing his lost love down the millennium before locating her mummified body in the Louvre, perhaps presages Conan Doyle’s interest in Spiritualism and his belief in life after death, though that did not become an abiding passion of his until after the First World War.

The Ring Of Thoth is also often cited (the late film historian Leslie Halliwell among them) as a direct source for Universal’s 1932 film The Mummy, starring Boris Karloff'

Conan Doyle died of a heart attack in 1930, at the age of 71.

Doug reads Conan Doyle's tale with the authority aand panache we've come to expect from him. Music and sound design is by Alistair Lock and the file is a high quality 320kbps MP3 which includes the cover artwork by Dan Woods. We recorded at the Audio Workshop Studios in London. Joseph Degnan was the recording engineer.

Part 1 is 22 minutes long and Part 2 is 28 minutes long.

During The 13 Days of Spinechillers event our downloads are available at only 99 cents each!

You will find the craftily concealed Part 1 here and the oh so desirable concluding Part 2 here. We hope you enjoy this Spinechiller, and join us tomorrow as we usher in the next classic horror story on Day 7.