The Caress of Delphi

You know me well enough to know what's going to be in this. next time, don't rely on the blurb box to give you a summation of the story. If stories were supposed to be summed up, nobody would bother telling them.

Cover by Secrets Unfold.


1. Author’s Note

Author’s Note


This is the first time I’ve ever written a play.

Um, I don’t usually flaunt my firsts in public [if you were to read my first story or poem, you’d laugh. I still laugh at them XD]. But I feel I must, for though the form and structure of prose or poetry is easy to grasp and improve – playwriting proves to be a weightier challenge.


I’ve read many plays – such as those by William Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, Tom Stoppard, and others. Some I enjoyed [several of… all of Shakespeare’s work, and The Crucible and A View from a Bridge by Arthur Miller] and others I still regard highly with disgust [Arcadia by Tom Stoppard – useless, useless play!]. I still intend to read many more [The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster and Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe being on my reading list] – but I’ve never ever attempted writing one.


Recently I had a shady idea for another story, but then I reckoned it would work better as a screenplay.

So forgive me if this all seems rather unnecessary and riddled with pot-holes of improvement. But I’ve been avoiding writing a play for a very long time, and I’ve finally reached an ultimatum: Write it as a play or just don’t bother trying to write it as prose. I thought it would work as a musical, but then I would be pushing my limits XD. So here it is. And, kindly note, this is a screenplay – in that, it is a film script, rather than a live theatrical script. So things like ‘disappearing people’ would work out – though I’m still working on how the stage directions for that would work.


So, here to have it, and [God so help me] prepare to get your virtual red pens out,


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