Narrator MacLeod Andrews on Séance Infernale

Séance Infernale was a special macabre treat. It’s hard to describe, but maybe if Edgar Allan Poe and Dan Brown collaborated on a novel you’d have the right idea. The prose is oozing with gothic reverence for the arcane, the dispossessed, and the forbidden, yet touched with a sense of suspicious, wry humor through the protagonist Alex Whitman.

I think that may have been the greatest challenge in narrating the book: balancing Alex Whitman’s jaded disinterest with his very sincere regret. I suppose that’s what makes him an ideal noirish centerpiece. He adores the romance and ingenuity inherent to the early age of cinema, but much of his wonder has been buried by his severely wounded psyche. It shines out in spite of himself at times as he takes in the Swiss countryside and its architecture, or marvels at never-before-seen footage.

There were also some unique puzzles to solve from a technical point of view. For example there was an entire chapter specifically set to the tune of “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” Thankfully I had a strong director in Tony Hudz confidently guiding me through the terrain. “No MacLeod, do not read in the melody of “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” For one, I think we’d be hard pressed to actually make the words match up to the rhythm, and secondly I’m not a good enough singer. Good call, Tony.

Cutting through the dark ambiance and thrills was deep, real pathos. Magic filled with sorrow. I’d be more articulate, but I don’t want to ruin any of the surprising and heart-wrenching twists this masterful tale takes.


Interested in learning more about Séance Infernale? See what author Jonathan Skariton has to say!