Molotov Theatre Group Offering Free eBook/Audiobook of HP Lovercraft's THE BEAST IN THE CAVE
As a special Halloween treat, Molotov Theatre Group is giving away free downloads of the HP Lovecraft story "The Beast in the Cave" as an audiobook/ebook bundle. Available for Kindle, iBook or PDF readers, with accompanying MP3 audio, "The Beast in the Cave" is part of Molotov Theatre Group's "Molotov Literacy Project," to help promote adult literacy.
Fans of Molotov Theatre Group can download the bundle of their choosing by visiting www.molotovliteracyproject.org and clicking on the link for "The Beast in the Cave." Follow the instructions for the coupon code to download the bundle free of charge.
"The Beast in the Cave" is a 15-minute short horror story narrated and produced by Molotov Theatre Group Co-Artistic Director Alex Zavistovich. The classic HP Lovecraft work is theatrically enhanced with musical underscore and sound effects, creating a compelling companion to the electronic text.
The Molotov Literacy Project uses classic works of horror to address the national problem of illiteracy among American adults. By some estimates, 71% of Americans over the age of 16 read below an eighth grade level. In the nation's capitol alone, one in every six adults above the age of 16 lacks basic literacy skills, according to the Department of Education's National Assessment of Adult Literacy.
"In the U.S. today, adults without basic reading, writing, math, and computer skills, are struggling to find jobs, stay healthy, and support their families," explained Molotov Co-Artistic Director Michael Wright. "Adults who can read and write have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, find and keep sustainable employment and transform their lives. The Molotov Literacy Project is our way to play a role in that positive transformation."
Educators have found that the horror genre sparks literacy and critical thinking because it has the ability to engage readers on a cognitive and emotional level. It also offers greater diversity in student choices and a broader range of themes to foster creativity and imagination.
Audiobooks have been shown to improve literacy when used in conjunction with print texts. Average reading abilities increased seven months in reading comprehension levels after just four weeks. 84% of students reported audiobooks helped comprehension, reading pace, pronunciation and word knowledge.
The Molotov Literacy Project, as managed by Molotov Theatre Group, produces and distributes audiobook/ebook packages of horror and suspense English literature classics. Through ProLiteracy.org, free downloads of these audiobook/ebook packages are donated to students in local and national adult literacy programs. The audiobook/ebook packages also will be available on-line for purchase and download from the Molotov Literacy Project Bookstore.
Founded in 2007, the 501(c)3 non-profit Molotov Theatre Group is dedicated to education, preservation and exploration in the aesthetic of the Grand Guignol, or French Theater of Horror.
Molotov Theatre Group applies the Grand Guignol ideals to contemporary and classic works. They also produce English translations of original Grand Guignol scripts to preserve and draw attention to this important and essentially forgotten genre. The Molotov Literacy Project uses ebook and audiobook pairings of horror literature classics to improve adult literacy.