Read by Richard Mitchley & Ghizela Rowe (Unabridged: 8hrs 13mins)
Featuring stories by MR James, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thomas Hardy, Bram Stoker & others.
Short stories have always been a sort of instant access into an author’s brain, their soul and heart. A few pages can lift our lives into locations, people and experiences with a sweep of landscape, narration, feelings and emotions that is difficult to achieve elsewhere.
In this series we try to offer up tried and trusted ‘Top Tens’ across many different themes and authors. But any anthology will immediately throw up the questions – Why that story? Why that author?
The theme itself will form the boundaries for our stories which range from well-known classics, newly told, to stories that modern times have overlooked but perfectly exemplify the theme. Throughout the volume our authors whether of instant recognition or new to you are all leviathans of literature.
Some you may disagree with but they will get you thinking; about our choices and about those you would have made. If this volume takes you on a path to discover more of these miniature masterpieces then we have all gained something.
As each page turns, secrets are revealed that compel our attention as we await the damning waves of shudders and fears. We may well know what’s coming, what these unfriendly faces and ogres are about say in these classic and classic literary gems.
01 - The Top 10 - British Horror - An Introduction
02 - The Dead Hand by Wilkie Collins
03 - The Coach by Violet Hunt
05 - The Lifted Veil by George Eliot
05 - The Withered Arm by Thomas Hardy
06 - August Heat by W F Harvey
07 - The Monkey's Paw by W W Jacobs
08 - Lost Hearts by M R James
09 - The Vampyre. A Tale by John Willaim Polidori
10 - The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
11 - Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker