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Persuasion. By Jane Austen. It is eight and a half years since Anne Elliot had been persuaded to refuse an offer of marriage from the man she loved, a young naval officer of no position or fortune. Now, after the Napoleonic wars, Captain Wentworth has gained both rank and money, and chance has thrown them together again. Anne finds herself confronted with thoughts of what might have been as she watches Wentworth court her brother-in-law’s sister, Louisa.
But an accident causes Wentworth to realize whom he truly cares for, and he follows Anne to Bath. But her cousin William (the heir to Kellynch Hall) is also pursuing her and is rumored to be engaged to Anne. She must overcome this last obstacle before she can persuade Captain Wentworth as to the true nature of her affections.
An American Werewolf in London. By John Landis. How does a werewolf get onto the Yorkshire Moors? Why do the citizens of a remote village allow two American backpackers to walk to their doom? What is it like to be Undead? John Landis’ 1981 movie remains an unforgettable cinema experience. In this expanded version some twenty minutes of new story has been added, leading up to the violent and emotional climax on the streets of London. Reprising their roles from the movie, Jenny Agutter, Brian Glover and John Woodvine are reunited in this audio movie.
The Death of Grass. By John Christopher. At first the virus wiping out grass and crops is of little concern to John Custance. It has decimated Asia, causing mass starvation and riots, but Europe is safe and a counter-virus is expected any day. Except, it turns out, the governments have been lying to their people. When the deadly disease hits Britain they are left alone, and society starts to descend into barbarism. As John and his family try to make it across country to the safety of his brother’s farm in a hidden valley, their humanity is tested to its very limits.
Exorcism. By Don Taylor. Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto begins with the celebrated phrase, “A spectre is haunting Europe”. In ‘The Exorcism’, writer-director Don Taylor extrapolates this into a frightening dissection of the bourgeoisie, told in the form of a traditional ghost story. Edmund and his wife Rachel renovate a remote cottage in the country and invite their friends Dan and Margaret to have Christmas dinner there. Through the course of the next 45 minutes, they are brutally forced by supernatural means to confront the literal and figurative foundations of their privileged existence.
The Cold Embrace. By Mary Baddon, dramatised by Christopher Hawes. After a German artist’s cool betrayal, his fiancee’s retribution is eerily apt.Mary Braddon’s tale stars Stephanie Turner.
Man Sized in Marble. By Enid Nesbit, dramatised by Christopher Hawes. For newlyweds Charles and Laura, their housekeeper’s dread of All Saints’ Eve seems laughable – until the day itself arrives.
Afterward. By Edith Wharton. After an unexpected windfall on their American mine, Ned and Mary move to a dream home in England, but their past is catching up with them. With Buffy Davis, Carolyn Jones and John Guerrasio. Director Marion Nancarrow.
The Demon Lover. By Elizabeth Bowen. Mrs Drover’s nervous return to her old London house in the Blitz is compounded by a letter on the hall table, and the reminder of a rendezvous she cannot recollect. With Maggie Steed, Jenny Howe and Jonathan Keeble. Director Marion Nancarrow.
Hothouse. By Brian Aldis. (R) The Sun is about to go Nova. Earth and Moon have ceased their axial rotation and present one face continuously to the sun. The bright side of Earth is covered with carnivorous forest. This is the Age of vegetables. Gren and his lady – not to mention the tummybelly men – journey to the even more terrifying Dark side. One of Aldiss’ most famous and long-enduring novels, fast moving, packed with brilliant imagery.
Lady Windermere’s Fan. By Oscar Wilde. Lady Windermere discovers that her husband may be having an affair with another woman. She confronts her husband but he instead invites the other woman, Mrs Erlynne, to her birthday ball. Angered by her husband’s unfaithfulness, Lady Windermere leaves her husband for another lover. After discovering what has transpired, Mrs Erlynne follows Lady Windermere and attempts to persuade her to return to her husband and in the course of this, Mrs Erlynne is discovered in a compromising position. She sacrifices herself and her reputation in order to save Lady Windermere’s marriage.
Lady Susan. By Jane Austen. One of Jane Austen’s shortest works, “Lady Susan” is an epistolary novel, a novel told entirely in the letters of its title character, her friends and family. “Lady Susan” is the story of a recently widowed woman who is actively searching for a new marriage while trying to play matchmaker for her daughter as well. Persuasion by Jane Austen . (This book was originally bound and published with Northanger Abbey Page 23 . Persuasion is the second of the two). More than seven years prior to the events in the novel, Anne Elliot falls in love with a handsome young naval officer named Frederick Wentworth, who is intelligent and ambitious, but poor. Sir Walter, Anne’s father and lord of the family estate of Kellynch, and her older sister Elizabeth are dissatisfied with her choice, maintaining that he is not distinguished enough for their family. Her older friend and mentor, Lady Russell, acting in place of Anne’s deceased mother, persuades her to break off the match. Now, aged 27 and still unmarried, Anne re-encounters her former fiancé when his sister and brother-in-law, the Crofts, take out a lease on Kellynch. Wentworth, now a captain, is wealthy from wartime victories in the Royal Navy and from prize-money for capturing enemy ships. However, he has not forgiven Anne for her rejection of him.
Night of the Wolf. Starring Vincent Price. A Werewolf Horror Play by Victor Pemberton. Set around the end of the 19th century in Cambridge and the Fen Country Vincent plays a Judge who encounters the terrible curse of lycanthropy in his district.
Pet Sematary. By Stephen King. When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son–and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all. But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth, more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful.
Salem’s Lot. By Stephen King. Author Ben Mears returns to ‘Salem’s Lot to write a book about a house that has haunted him since childhood only to find his isolated hometown infested with vampires. While the vampires claim more victims, Mears convinces a small group of believers to combat the undead.
Misery. By Stephen King. An author by the name of Paul Sheldon ends up having a terrible car accident on the highway. He awakes to find himself in a bed that is not his own, nor a hospital bed. Instead, an ex-nurse named Annie Wilkes is standing over him, telling him she is his number one fan. But he later finds out it isn’t fortunate to have been found by her. Enraged that Paul killed his main character in his series “Misery”, she insists that he write a book, just for her, of the character coming back alive. But while struggling to write the book, he finds out more about Annie and why she is no longer a nurse as she physically keeps him from leaving the house in a torturing way.
The Mist. By Stephen King. The morning after a violent thunderstorm, a thick unnatural mist quickly spreads across the small town of Bridgton, Maine, reducing visibility to near-zero and concealing numerous species of bizarre creatures which viciously attack anyone and anything that ventures out into the open.
Secret Window, Secret Garden. By Stephen King. Successful author Morton Rainey is accosted one morning by a stranger, John Shooter, who accuses him of plagiarism. Rainey initially discards the claim but Shooter doesn’t stop there.
The Borrowers. By Mary Norton. The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own nothing, borrow everything, and think that human beings were invented just to do the dirty work. Arrietty’s father, Pod, was an expert Borrower. He could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a doll’s teacup without breaking it. Girls weren’t supposed to go borrowing but as Arrietty was an only child her father broke the rule, and then something happened which changed their lives. She made friends with the human boy living in the house.
The Pit and The Pendulum. By Edgar Allan Poe. You have two ways to die: To fall screaming into a bottomless pit or to be sliced in two by a swinging axe, coming towards you inch by inch. You choose. Edgar Allen Poe’s classic tale of horror is brought vividly to life.
The Shocking Tale of Margaret Seddon. John Fletcher’s Edwardian murder story is based on real events. Frederick and Margaret Seddon take wealthy Mrs Barrow into their Islington home as a lodger. The summer of 1911 proves scorchingly hot and when Mrs Barrow dies, leaving all her money to Fred, suspicions are aroused.Was her death caused by the heatwave, or the arsenic-laced fly papers have something to do with it? Read the full description and background to this case here.
Valley of the Dolls. By Jacqueline Susann, dramatised by Yvonne Antrobus. The 1960s best seller in which three beautiful young women become best friends as they carve out careers in the entertainment industry.
We Outnumber You. By Ed Hime. “Could we do a horror on radio? Could we horrify people? Not an atmospheric, gothic spook with resonant chords and the whiff of damp tweed, but something actually scary. Something to make the audience squelch. That was the ambition.” A hand-held horror, reconstructed from amateur recordings discovered after the event, in which we relive the humiliation of a major oil company at the gala opening of their new zoo in 2013.
Haunted: Stories of the Supernatural. Twelve haunting stories from yesteryear. 01: Little Girl Lost by Rosemary Timperley 02: What Was It by Fitz-James O’Brien 03: The Family by John Elliot 04: Walk on the Water by Rosemary Timperley 05: The Dream Woman by Wilkie Collins 06: Esmeralda by John Keir Cross 07: Listen to the Silence 08: The Late Departure by Glen Chandler 09: Christina by Daphne Castell 10: A Pair of Books 11: Which One 12: Keeping His Promise.
Fortunes of War. By Olivia Manning. Taking Romania, Greece, Egypt and Palestine as its setting, Fortunes of War starts at the commencement of war in 1939. English lecturer Guy Pringle arrives in Romania with his new bride, Harriet, and becomes heavily involved in the politics of anti-fascism. Despite Harriet’s misgivings, Guy’s social circle soon includes members of the British Secret Service who want to involve him in dangerous missions, and a downtrodden prince who ends up living with the Pringles. The stage is thus set for this involving story of a marriage tested by accidental betrayal, callous insensitivity and a world in upheaval. It’s based on the double trilogy of novels (The Balkan Trilogy, The Levant Trilogy) by author Olivia Manning. Guy Pringle is her core character, a communist English Literature teacher, who lives his life on benevolent principles without very much understanding that he is dealing with real people who have real feelings. Mannings’ books are said to be semi-autobiographical, with the lead characters based on herself and her husband R. D. Smith.