Reluctant Genius By Henry Slesar

Sep 12, 2017, 01:25 PM

Reluctant Genius By Henry Slesar (first published under the pseudonym O. H. Leslie)

It is said that life crawled up from the slime of the sea-bottoms and became Man because of some inherent greatness bred into him before the dawn of time. But perhaps this urge was not as formless as we might think...

This work was originally written for the January 1957 edition of ‘Amazing Stories’ magazine. Copyright on this publication was not renewed, and it is now in the public domain.


For this experimental production I had three different people read out the short story in its entirety. I then edited/mixed the voices together, to create this unique multicast recording.

Within this recording, you can hear each of the three performers and their own interpretation of the story (which you can also listen to individually below) It’s a useful way to see how the main edit was created, and how three different people can all bring a brilliant & different take to the exact same tale.

The three performers were: David Ault, Lucas Webley and Alwaysslightlysleepy

You can here there own individual recordings via soundcloud:

This work uses the track “Esprit De L'arbre 2” by Francesco. Paid for and licensed via This production was produced & edited by Peter Beeston

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