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A Red Ring for a Winter’s Eve – by Gwendolyn Kiste

Today’s episode was written by the amazing Gwendolyn Kiste!

After her popular best friend Maggie is killed in an accident, wallflower Annora must contend with her own grief as well as her guilt and invisibility at being the one left behind. But when, in a moment of weakness and anger, she pilfers something that belonged to Maggie, Annora soon learns that there are far worse places to be than at a funeral as she comes face to face with Victoria—and the embodiment of everything that haunts her.

About the Writer

Gwendolyn Kiste is a speculative fiction writer based in Pennsylvania.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including LampLight, Nightmare Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, and Shadows at the Door as well as Flame Tree Publishing’s Chilling Horror Short Stories anthology.

As a regular contributor, she writes for multiple travel and entertainment sites including, Wanderlust and Lipstick, and her own 60 Days of Halloween, a collection of humorous essays chronicling her autumnal misadventures.

She currently resides on an abandoned horse farm with her husband, two cats, and not nearly enough ghosts.

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About the Narrator

Cynthia Lowman likes her name but goes by Cindy.

She is mostly a writer, narrator, and sometimes a web designer in Carmel, Indiana. She is editing her first novel and hopes to defy the odds by getting it published. In case that doesn’t work, she started her second novel in 2015.

She writes short stories, some of which have been featured on 9th Story Studios podcasts The Lift and The Wicked Library. Cindy is a member of Pennwriters as well as two writing groups that she expects to help make her famous. Cindy made her first foray into the world of audiobook narration in the upcoming audio editions of an anthology from Shadows at the Door, edited by Mark Nixon, and a novel, Carrot Field, by Vincent Asaro.

Follow her journey to fame and fortune on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and all those other social media outlets she’s been told to use and intermittently does.

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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

The voice of Ray was performed by Daniel Foytik:
Twitter: @dfoytik


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

“Victoria’s Music Box, (Victoria’s Theme)” and The Lift Closing Theme Music
Composed and Recorded by Nico Vettese of We Talk of Dreams


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Sound Design by Daniel Foytik, 9th Story

Producer/ Creator: Daniel Foytik
Producer/ Co-Creator, Story Editor: Cynthia Lowman
Executive Producers: Amber Collins, John Niespodzianski

Music Director: John Niespodzianski

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