The year is 1690. Isaac Collins is sailing to America to establish a new life for his family. Suddenly, during a strange and unnatural blizzard, he discovers a single blood-red pearl. A pearl that seems to sing to him.... The pearl will be going on a journey. Passed down through generations, bringing luck both good and bad. But what does it want? Why is its journey so linked to the Collins family? And who will ultimately take ownership of the crimson pearl?
'I heard voices....' London, 1941. Quentin Collins need not fear the bombing because he is immortal, but there's much else to be scared of. The voices of his past will not rest. They are the ghosts of those he's lost. And there are other voices.... A creeping fog reaching out to him...Taking refuge in an old museum will not help Quentin either, for the museum has ghosts of its own. More voices reaching out through the darkness....
Some describe it as the town at the edge of the world. When Melody and Michael Devereux come to Collinsport on their honeymoon, they don't know the secrets that are hidden behind closed doors. But those secrets will be unearthed when an innocent is viciously murdered. Collinsport will be a town divided. One woman's rise to power will lead to further death and destruction. Families will be ripped apart. Blood will be spilt. And the dark forces that wait in the shadows will wait no more.
Matthew Waterhouse reads this classic novelisation of a Fourth Doctor TV adventure.The Doctor, Romana and K9 are heading for Gallifrey when they temporarily lose control of the TARDIS. The significance of this event is only revealed when they land, not on Gallifrey but on Alzarius. The planet's legendary Mistfall is approaching, a time when giant scaly creatures emerge from the swamps and go on the rampage, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake.
When the TARDIS materialises on an alien spacecraft, the commander of the ship - the reptilian Monarch - invites the Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan to continue their journey to Earth in his company. Monarch's hospitality even extends to a generous offer to liberate the time travellers from the shortcomings of their bodies and replicate them as androids - so much more practical. Although Adric finds this proposal extremely attractive, the Doctor has good reason to be suspicious of Monarch's motives....
Tegan, the young air hostess who quite unintentionally became a member of the TARDIS's crew, wants to return to her own time, but when the Doctor tries to take her back to Heathrow Airport in the 20th century the TARDIS lands instead on the outskirts of 17th-century London. The Doctor and his companions receive a decidedly unfriendly welcome - but it soon becomes clear that the sinister activities of other visitors from time and space have made the villagers extremely suspicious of outsiders.
"Excellent Doctor Who Story"
As a boy Matthew Waterhouse loved Doctor Who: he watched all the episodes and read all the novels and comic strips. What starts as a heart-warming story, of a boy growing up with Doctor Who as his trusted friend, engaging the listener with memories and nostalgia that will be familiar to any Doctor Who fan, takes a sudden twist when he is thrust into an alien and adult world - cast as Doctor Who's youngest ever travelling companion - for two of the series' most inventive seasons.
Sara Smith is one of the most monstrous characters you can hope to meet. She lives in Greenwich Village on Life Insurance, courtesy of her late husband, but she has fallen into a dreary routine: work in a card shop by day, where she is the rudest sales clerk imaginable, and weary evenings passed in the same cellar bar night after night with the same old people. But when she meets and seduces a gorgeous boy called Steve, she has no idea what she is getting herself into.
"Quirky love story"
Embracing science fiction, suspense, and the supernatural, this genre-bending collection explores the contradictions and complexities of the human condition. Sometimes exuberantly funny, sometimes bittersweet, Sugar will delight both new listeners and those familiar with Matthew Waterhouse's novels.
"Best thing I've read in 30 years"
As a colourful array of girlfriends moves through Cassie's life, and a number of brilliant men become Leo's lovers, they find they need each other just as much as they need their romantic partners. Then they meet the mysterious street performer who will change both their lives: The Shakespeare Lady, at once comical and eerie. She recites passages from Hamlet for small change and bewitches all who see her.
"When you wish upon a star..." ...Your dreams come true? They did, at any rate, for Florinda Quenby, though not in the way she had planned. When she flew out to Hollywood to become a movie star, she could not imagine the terrible struggles ahead of her, from riches back to rags. Fame and wealth finally came from an entirely different quarter - her fantastical soup factory in Harlem, modelled on the Taj Mahal.