C.J. Carter-Stephenson is currently touring two shows featuring performed readings of his fiction. The aim is recreate the experience of watching one of the episodes of his popular Back of the Bookshelf podcast in a live setting. Through the use of immersive soundscapes and projected images, the landscape of his work is brought vividly to life. He performs in costume and incorporates atmospheric lighting where possible. The first show, Tales in the Key of Terror, is comprised of two horror stories, while in the second he presents an abridged version of his steampunk sci-fi novelette Skysteamer to Athens. Both are dramatic and fast-paced. Use the drop down menu below to find out more about these shows and other planned appearances. If you are interested in booking the author for an event, please don't hesitate to contact us.
In his Skysteamer to Athens show, C.J. Carter-Stephenson performs an abridged version of his novelette of the same name, transporting his audience back to a time when top hats and corsets were the height of fashion and the public had gone mad for all things steam. Packed full of fantastical technology, it's particularly targeted at people with an interest in the eccentric steampunk subgenre, though sci-fi fans in general should also find much to enjoy. As with Tales in the Key of Terror, the author uses sounds and images to create a lavish sensory experience which will hopefully live on in the memory long after the final word is spoken. The show was created in 2023. Cast off your mooring ropes and prepare to soar up into the clouds.
Skysteamer to Athens is about a young woman who has a supernatural encounter while travelling to Athens on a luxury steam powered airship. It is set in a fictionalised version of Victorian Europe and features an engaging cast of human, automaton and spectral characters. Not surprisingly, the author cites Jules Verne and H.G. Wells as key influences in writing the piece, though it is very much its own entity. Fun and fast moving with more than a few twists and turns, it's perfectly suited to live performance. The novelette has only recently been completed, so hasn't yet been published, but received an honourable mention in the third quarter of the 2023 Writers of the Future contest.
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