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“Crosshairs” – Chuck Rakiecz

A mysterious assassin finds her way into The Building and The Lift, and meets her match in Victoria.

A time traveler from Nazi Germany and known to “despise all things English,” Renada is stuck in the present day and bent on revenge. When she’s faced down by a certain little English girl who she takes for a “mere child,” she quickly learns the errors in that assumption.


Chuck Rakiecz
is the original “Analog Man,” a self-described semi-technophobe who pines for the pre-social media days of yore. He is a retired model builder for the museum exhibit and industrial display industry. Chuck lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Sue, and their feisty tabby cat, Misty.

In addition to his membership in Pennwriters, Chuck is also a life member of the nationally known, Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum. He developed the concept and preliminary plans for the museum’s fictional, Mon-Valley System,” a 4,000sq. ft. model railroad display, featured on WQED TV and national hobby magazines.

Chuck is currently working on a time travel murder mystery novel, “POINT IN TIME,” and acts as Coordinator for the Pittsburgh East Writers critique group. He is also a member of an informal critique group of former CCAC classmates. With their incredibly creative input, he wrote the collaborative short story, “THE SCREENPLAY,” originally featured on the 12-24-13 episode of Dan Foytik’s “The 9th Story” podcast.

ABout the Artist

Jeanette Andromeda is an artist, blogger, youtuber, writer, and filmmaker. When she’s not talking about horror or up to her elbows in paint, she’s often found wandering around in graveyards working on stories, scripts and sketches.
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Dramatic reading performed by Cynthia Lowman:
Twitter: @cynthialowman

The voice of Victoria Bigglesworth-Hayes was performed by Amber Collins:
Twitter: @blamberino


Score and FX by Nico Vettese of We Talk of Dreams.

Nico Vettese is a talented composer who was born in Yorkshire, Northern England, and currently resides in Lancaster. Self taught, and preferring to be called a composer rather than a musician, he enjoys the ability to work on a piece until it feels perfect. Trained in guitar and piano, Nico now immerses himself in music theory.

Influences for his work come from everywhere, but his biggest influence is Nobuo
Uematsu who was the composer for the ‘Final Fantasy’ video games.

His music production entity, We Talk of Dreams, takes it’s name from a line spoken by Mercutio in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Some of his credits, in addition to his work on The Wicked Library and The Lift, include a series on Soundcloud called “Reimagined”. He is also hard at work on the Score for Carrot Field, an epic fantasy by Vincent Asaro, as well as two video games, ‘Distant Suns’ – A co-op space adventure and ‘Nekodama Catastrophe’ – a hack ’n’ slash arcade game.

“I focus on writing soundscapes that will make the media immersive rather than having music that is distinctive. I intend to make all sounds illustrate the worlds that the media is set within.” ~ Nico Vettese

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“Come Play With Me” (Author Greeting)
Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

The Lift Opening Theme Music
Composed and Recorded by Kimberly Henninger and Shawn Parke of Cathedral Sounds

The Lift Closing Theme Music
Composed and Recorded by Nico Vettese of We Talk of Dreams

“A Noisy Music Box” (Credits)
Daniel Foytik

Sound FX:


Sound Design by Daniel Foytik, 9th Story

Producer/ Creator: Daniel Foytik
Executive Producer/ Co-Creator: Cynthia Lowman

Music Director: Nico Vettese
Art Director: Steven Matiko

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