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Cassandra Morrison

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  • The Diary of Mr Poynter

  • The Complete Ghost Stories of M R James
  • By: Montague Rhodes James
  • Narrated by: David Collings
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

This is the unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story "The Diary of Mr Poynter". Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terror in the mundane well-executed

  • By Spencer on 12-31-12

Another of James's Best!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-19

This tale leads us into a place of imagined horror that I am sure ANY pet owner can identify with. How would it be if, like the owner pf Mr. Poynter's Diary you found yourself petting...? Again Mr. David Collings ably ushers us into the ghostly realms so well charted by this amazing storyteller!!! A MUST HAVE for any fan of shuddery stories!

  • Count Magnus

  • The Complete Ghost Stories of M. R. James
  • By: Montague Rhodes James
  • Narrated by: David Collings
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

This is the unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story "Count Magnus". Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fair Enough

  • By Steven Reynoso on 06-14-19

Simply a Great Story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-18

And one that inspired some scenes in Colin Wilson's modern vampire novel called LIFE FORCE (in some editions) and THE SPACE VAMPIRES originally. M. R. James Legacy is continuing well into the 20th and 21st Centuries and David Collings' performance as the famous Don of Midnight Shivers is, as is that of the late Sir Christopher Lee on television, to be treasured by all Connoisseurs of Chills.

  • The Shining Pyramid

  • By: Arthur Machen
  • Narrated by: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In the remote hills of deepest old England, Vaughn is worried when he discovers inexplicable changing symbols next to his home. With no one else to ask for help, he seeks out his old friend and investigator Dyson. Together they work to uncover the mysterious truth about the changing symbols. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Michael on 06-04-19

Fine Rendition of a Classic Tale of Terror!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-18

This classic Machen Tale which was the main inspiration for the Serpent Men of Valusia in Robert E, Howard's tales of King Kull (and some of his Lovecraftian Horror stories as well) receives a surprisingly good reading by Mr. Herriot. Either he's getting better as he goes on. or the recording was edited better, or he just really liked the story, or a combination of all three but in this performance the accent is softened, the feel of the narrator's being actually involved with the events he is relating are, by turns, both fascinating and occasionally even heighten the sense of the outré and horrifying that Mr. Machen knew so well how to evoke. Let's call it 4 and a half stars out of five!

  • The Novel of The Black Seal

  • By: Arthur Machen
  • Narrated by: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

When Ms Lally walked out into the cold night devoid of hope, hungry and penniless, she expected to find a quiet place to lie down and die. What she found was a benefactor, an academic with a mysterious passion and secret knowledge of a hidden world beyond the realms of known science. The Novel of the Black Seal is cited as one of the primary influences on H. P. Lovecraft and his tales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mr. Herriot Struggles a Bit

  • By Cassandra Morrison on 11-15-18

Mr. Herriot Struggles a Bit

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-18

Mr. Herriot (not the Vet, the Narrator) has some problems with this one. The first one being that he is an Australian Narrator trying to read a Welsh author. Now, he can't help being Australian, poor chap, but the accent is going to be off and he doesn't do dialect well. Or at all, actually. So characters all sound the same (and Australian) in a story written, as I said, by a Welshman and set (primarily) in London and Wales. Also, his performance contains what should have been out-takes. H mispronounces words and place names and inverts the word order a couple of times. The story is one of the classics of horror and well worth your time. If you've never read or heard it (and, especially have never read the novel of which it forms one chapter...THE THREE IMPOSTERS...then you have some real chills ahead in the IMPLICATIONS of this story which, together with his story THE SHINING PYRAMID will have you wondering about the Welsh Countryside a LOT 😵 Again, Mr. Herriot stumbled a bit on this one but if you can ignore that (as we are used to ignoring typos in print media for the sake of a good yarn) then you can still enjoy Mr., Machen's tale of Terror.

  • The Malice of Inanimate Objects

  • The Complete Ghost Stories of M R James
  • By: Montague Rhodes James
  • Narrated by: David Collings
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

This is the unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story "The Malice of Inanimate Objects". Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Cassandra Morrison on 09-25-18

Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-18

M. R. James' humor to the forefront. Ah, the Twilight Zone owed his heirs and assigns some shekels I fear.

  • Dracula's Guest

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Tim Dalgleish
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

The music and sound effects in this audio version are eerily atmospheric, and the narration by actor Tim Dalgleish brings Bram Stoker's chilling tale vibrantly back to life. This deleted first chapter of the world-famous novel Dracula - not published until two years after Bram Stoker's death - has been unearthed and dusted off and is now as fresh as any corpse could possibly be!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Dracula But...Not Bad, Either.

  • By Cassandra Morrison on 05-01-18

Not Dracula But...Not Bad, Either.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Tim Dalgleish presents a very well read version of this famous (in certain circles, anyway) missing chapter pf Bram Stoker's most famous novel DRACULA. Of course, other of his tales have been filmed which makes their names, if not the books themselves, familiar to fans of supernatural fiction. The Lair of the White Worm which starred Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi and The Jewel of the Seven Stars (Stoker's tale about a wicked Egyptian Witch-Queen's plans for resurrection has been filmed half a dozen times at least...the one with Charlton Heston and a very young Stephanie Zimbalist being, perhaps, the best known today). At any rate Dracula's Guest helped inspire a few other vampire stories J. Sheridan Le Fanu's (despite his French name a fellow Irishman to Stoker) CARMILLA being the best known of these and both drawing on the real-life story of Countess Elizabet Bathory (herself a cousin to Vlad the Impaler) after whom the abattoir (slaughterhouse) got its name. It means, literally, "blood-bath" and the Countess used to bathe in the blood of young virgins in order to retain her youth. Good version, Good narration, great mood-setting music. Worth twice what they are charging for it.

  • Oh Whistle And I'll Come To You, My Lad

  • The Complete Ghost Stories of M. R. James
  • By: Montague Rhodes James
  • Narrated by: David Collings
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

This is the unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story "Oh, Whistle and I'll Come To You, My Lad". Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Classics

  • By Cassandra Morrison on 04-30-18

One of the Classics

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-18

James was a master of the ghost story, and David Collings was a master of being James on these audio books, Only Sir Christopher Lee's performances can rival his. Having said that, this tale is one of James' most shudder inducing stories and one of the all-time GREAT ghost stories in the English Language. If it isn't in your audio library it SHOULD BE!

  • The Mezzotint

  • The Complete Ghost Stories of M. R. James
  • By: Montague Rhodes James
  • Narrated by: David Collings
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

This is the unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story "The Mezzotint". Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorites

  • By Cassandra Morrison on 04-23-18

One of My Favorites

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Shares some plot elements with others of his tales but in this one James' Magick really sucks you IN!

  • There Was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard

  • The Complete Ghost Stories of M R James
  • By: Montague Rhodes James
  • Narrated by: David Collings
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

This is an unabridged audio recording of M R James' excellent ghost story "There Was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard". Read by David Collings, this is sure to scare and delight in equal measure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delightful Bedtime Story by M. R. James

  • By Cassandra Morrison on 12-03-17

A Delightful Bedtime Story by M. R. James

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-17

David Collings gives us a masterful rendition of one of Dr. James' lighter tales.
You may notice a similarity between this tale and Mark Twain's story of "The Golden Arm" so entertainingly brought to life by Hal Holbrook in his one man show "Mark Twain Tonight."

There is no question of plagiarism, I think. Both tales are inspired by earlier examples of folk tales with "trick endings" that have been around since storytelling became a thing among our earliest ancestors.

But these two, having been given to us by Masters of Storytelling in their own right remain to delight generations of children for all time to come.

  • The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories

  • By: Algernon Blackwood
  • Narrated by: Hugh Ross
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

An abandoned house whose horrific past is reenacted for those who dare visit; a terrifying trip down the Danube River; a malevolent half-beast creature who abducts a member of a hunting party; and a tale of paranoia, mental deterioration, and all-consuming feelings of doom: Here are four feverish, spine-tingling tales that will chill the blood and make the flesh creep. The collection includes "The Empty House," "The Willows," "The Listener", and "The Wendigo".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Atmosphere

  • By Grace K on 07-23-18

Worth the Price of Admission

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-17

Hugh Ross is good as a Narrator. Perhaps not the right one for the last story on here "The Wendigo." But that is a difficult story to present at best. Especially "The Cry of the Wendigo" which Mr. Ross presents poorly. Otherwise this set of tales by Blackwood is presented in a workmanlike and occasionally inspired way by the narrator. And the stories are uniformly excellent. As is usual with Algernon Blackwood. He can always chill your blood in a delightful way.

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