This volume features William F Harvey's original undead hand story "The Beast with Five Fingers" that sparked many movies including Sam Raimi's "The Evil Dead". Poe's classic "The Tell Tale Heart" is joined by Lovecraft's creepy tale of alienation "The Outsider", and a chilling Dickens ghost story "The Signalman". Harvey's other selected story, "August Heat", asks a chilling question about a man's fate, and Saki offers something different with a tale of dead hunters returned from their marshy graves in "The Open Window".
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The perfect kick-off to Halloween season. Five of the six stories were new to me, and the sixth was Poe's TTH, which never gets tired. Unlike most audiobooks of classic short story collections, the production was wonderful. The narrator is lively and clearly having fun with the material, the sound is crisp and clear, and the music and sound effects add atmosphere rather than intrude on the consciousness. I will keep an eye out for the other volumes in this series.
I have all 11 of the Spinechiller volumes and they are among the best I've ever heard! I've listened to them repeatedly and they hold up beautifully, creating lots of nice creepy places in my head!
Doug's voice & delivery is perfect for these stories. I was surprised when I heard the first one, since I had only known him from the Hellraiser movies, but his performance on these classic works is beautiful!
If you're looking for classic chills, get all of these! No slasher stuff here, just great stories with a wonderful atmosphere.
I finally found a female author that I love...Louise Penny and the Three Pines series. I can't say enough about her characters or stories!
What a great pleasure istening to the writing of the masters! It was a trip back in time and a history lesson at the same time! It made me truly appreciate the literary skills of these talented and unforgettable authors. This review holds for all of Doug Bradley's Spinechillers audio books of which I have purchased all volumes and listen to again and again.
Loved the history of each author and the story behind the story!
It would have to be Edgar Allan Poe for whom I have developed a new understanding.
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These stories are old and boring. They are not scary at least one bit and lack any substance or action. I had a very difficult time following the stories because they are all so dry. I had higher expectations and was let down.
A more modern day horror story.
The audio was sufficient.
This book was disappointing.
"Excellent! Sent shivers down my spine!"
Many will know Doug Bradley from his portrayal of Pin Head in the Hellraiser movies. Here, it's nice to hear his voice without the effects those movies gave him.
The producers have really succeeded in adding to the atmosphere of the stories: by using music and sound effects, so the narration seems to be happening as the events unfold.
I particularly enjoyed 'The Signalman', which I remembered first encountered as dramatisation by the BBC in the 1970s. 'The Beast With Five Fingers' lived up to its reputation as the inspiration for many horror movies.
I listened to these in these in the daylight and really couldn't imagine listening to them in the dark. That would be just too scary!
I really enjoyed this, quite a mixed bag of stories, but good fun on a dark stormy night :-)
"Classic horror tales brilliantly narrated by Doug"
Highly recommended after listening to this audio book. Doug Bradley's narration is stunning and the sound effects are realisticly chilling.
The signal man and the beast with five fingers were my favourite tales loved all the audio book and will look forward to listening to the other 10 volumes.
The beast with five fingers was my favourite
The tell tale heart by Edgar Allan Poe. Doug Bradley sent shivers down the spine as he narrated the old man's heart continued beating faster, faster then it stopped and the old man was dead stone dead.
"A great listen!"
Can't really add anything that's not been said in the review above, I just wanted to second the opinion that Doug Bradley does a great job of reading these stories and the sound effects only add to the atmosphere. My only wish is that there were more stories in each compilation!
"Absolutely superb readings!"
So glad to have discovered this fantastic series of audio books, so wonderfully read by Doug Bradley and superbly produced by the Renegade Arts team. Up to Volume 7 now and totally hooked. Essential listening for all connoisseurs of classic horror stories. Highly recommended!
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