One of the most extraordinary, imaginative and ambitious novels of the century: a history of the evolution of humankind over the next 2 billion years. Among all science fiction writers Olaf Stapledon stands alone for the sheer scope and ambition of his work. First published in 1930, Last and First Men is full of pioneering speculations about evolution, terraforming, genetic engineering and many other subjects.
"Starts slow, but give it time; mind-blowing"
A new volume of exciting stories from 19th- and 20th-century American and British masters and mistresses of the art of story-telling, read by award-winning narrators.
"Good Readers, Overanthologized Texts"
The drug called Dio was truly a thing of wonder - it could make the old young and the weak strong. However, it also had the power to put users at the mercy of its creator - a mad man intent on using the dreams of the less mighty to make himself strong. Dr Palfrey and Z5 embark on yet another thrilling case in this poignant allegory about our dangerous obsession with youth and strength.
Included in this collection: "Who Killed Zebedee" by Wilkie Collins, read by Sean Barrett; "Blue Suit" by Edgar Wallace, read by Paul Panting; "A Mysterious Case" by Anna Katharine Green, read by Liza Ross; "The Crooked Man" by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Stephen Thorne; "Vendetta" by Guy de Maupassant, read by Liza Ross; "The Sapient Monkey" by Headon Hill, read by Paul Panting; and more....
"A Good Collection"
This collection of 19 classic horror tales includes "The Brazilian Cat", by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Paul Panting; "Eveline's Visitant" by Mary E. Braddon, read by Hayward Morse; "The Leopard Man's Story" by Jack London, read by Garrick Hagon; "The Eyes of the Panther" by Ambrose Bierce, read by Garrick Hagon; "The Voice in the Night" by William Hope Hodgson, read by Sean Barrett; and many more.
On their first day of training with the Metropolitan Police, new recruits Jamie, Bunny, and Tina are asked to join a team of undercover detectives, a secret unit involved in the long-term penetration of criminal gangs. Their target? One of the world’s biggest drug dealers: Den Donovan, alias "Tango One". To close in on their quarry, the three must go back into the outside world and become criminals themselves. But someone within the Met is pursuing an alternative agenda. Someone who has deliberately put their lives on the line.…
"Another great read from Stephen Leather"
Professor Krom believes Paul Firman, alias Oberholzer, is one of those criminals who keep a low profile and are just too clever to get caught. Firman, rich and somewhat shady, agrees to be interviewed in his villa on the French Riviera. But events take an unexpected turn and perhaps there is even someone else artfully hiding in the deep background?
Stephen Greif and Gareth Armstrong read these classic ghost stories from two masters of the genre. These four suspenseful tales of the supernatural, from M. R. James and Charles Dickens, will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you with a lingering sense of foreboding. In "The Tractate Middoth", librarian David Garrett has a terrifying encounter while searching for an obscure book, while in "Mr Testator's Visitation", a poor man 'borrows' some furniture from another man's cellar, never expecting the owner to return and claim it. Then, late one night, there is a knock upon his door....
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the strange legal case of film star Peter Lorre, written and produced by Michael Butt and starring Stephen Greif. Originally broadcast as the ‘Afternoon Play’ on 10 May 2010.Towards the end of his unique career, movie star Peter Lorre found himself at the centre of an unusual legal case. Incorporating verbatim extracts from the court transcripts, Michael Butt's play wonders what was going through Lorre's troubled mind as he fought to protect his name and identity.
Standing alone in the bleak Yorkshire Moors is Sir Rufus Marne’s House of the Bears. Dr. Palfrey is asked to journey there to examine an invalid - who he finds has disappeared. Moreover, Marne’s daughter lies terribly injured after a fall from the minstrel’s gallery, which Dr. Palfrey discovers was no accident. He sets out to look into both matters, but the discoveries he makes are truly fantastic.A deserted mine, powerful explosive and a submarine all feature in this powerful mystery.
A mysterious breed of creature appears out of nowhere. The lozi is a type of intelligent rabbit that gestates for only nine days and can drop a litter of 12 at a time. Within six months, these animals have multiplied so rapidly that the very survival of mankind is at stake. Not only are they much more numerous than man, they are also capable of consuming everything that grows on the planet. Starvation looks inevitable.... It's a case of run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run for Dr Palfrey of Z5 in this chilling and allegory... but who is the farmer and who is the rabbit?
Thousands are falling victim to an outbreak of plague. Is it nature's way or is it actually the creation of an evil gang of men? Dr Palfrey - committed absolutely to the battle against the powers of evil - must solve this dangerous case before the situation becomes catastrophic. Will he cure the world's ills, or are the men playing god too powerful even for him?
The worst floods the world has ever known besiege all land masses. Some, such as Great Britain, are on the point of extinction. Dr. Palfrey has to find a solution, but before he does he needs to find the cause.
Nineteen stories of the supernatural: The Brazilian Cat by Arthur Conan Doyle Read by Paul Panting, Eveline’s Visitant by Mary E. Braddon Read by Hayward Morse, The Leopard Man’s Story by Jack London Read by Garrick Hagon, The Eyes of the Panther by Ambrose Bierce Read by Garrick Hagon, The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson Read by Sean Barrett, Oshidori by Lafcadio Hearn Read by Liza Ross, Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson Read by Paul Panting.
"Great Classic Horror!"
1947: One year before the Israeli war of independence and Palestine is still under the British Mandate. However, young Israelis are flocking to the leadership of Menachim Begin and his Irgun terrorist movement in an attempt to overthrow their rulers. Two British sergeants have been kidnapped by the Irgun.
In the late 1950s Charlie was a violent and uncontrollable entrant to art school. His teacher changed the course of his life. Small Acts of Kindness catches up with Charlie as his mentor's death shifts everything once more. In his late sixties and with his writing career all but dried up, Charlie starts to paint again. Invigorated, he spends his free time supporting his contemporaries who have found themselves alienated and impoverished by modern life. Soon it is not just his desire to paint that is revived....
Sixteen classic stories.
Charles Vandrift is a shrewd businessman who is never taken in by hocus-pocus. So when he hears of the Great Mexican Seer, a man who has taken all Nice by storm, he cannot wait to unmask him as a fraud. But is the Seer more than a commonplace conjurer?
On the Akasaka Road, in Tokyo, there is a slope called Kii-no-kuni-zaka. Before the era of street-lamps and jinrikishas, this neighbourhood was very lonesome after dark; belated pedestrians would go miles out of their way rather than mount the Kii-no-kuni-zaka, alone, after sunset. All because of a Mujina that used to walk there....
A doctor is sitting by his fire one evening when his peace is disturbed by a visitor: a tall woman, dressed in mourning and wearing a thick black veil. It is clear that she is in distress, and she tells him that she has come in a desperate bid to save someone dear to her who is in deadly peril. But she will not let the doctor attend to the patient immediately, insisting that he must wait until nine o’clock the following day - and the dreadful reason becomes apparent when the doctor arrives the next morning.