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(no subject) [Dec. 2nd, 2007|11:42 pm]
za_tales

Astronaut Bill dropped this in my e-mail recently, and I couldn't wait to share it with you.

I've probably mentioned being a Tom Baker fan (I finally picked up the third season of Little Britain this weekend - this guy rocks), and I thought this was brilliant.  It's Tom Baker reading Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, one of my favorite stories.



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(no subject) [Jul. 22nd, 2007|08:36 pm]
za_tales

BBC-7 is rerunning this gem, so I thought I'd post it here for downloading.

This week's Tales is a slightly different take on the classic children's fable, Little Red Riding Hood.  In Angela Carter's The Company Of Wolves, the Big Bad Wolf is a werewolf plaguing a small village as it feeds on the locals.  More dangerous is a young girl's growing fascination with the beast...

Here's a link to the script to the 1984 film version.



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(no subject) [Apr. 8th, 2007|05:31 pm]
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As you may remember, Astronaut Duncan provided us with tha most excellent reading of Poe tales by none other than Christopher Lee (which can be found right here).  I snatched its "sequel" from the internets, which I offer here in two parts.

Now we have cassette two, featuring Murders In The Rue Morgue!



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(no subject) [Apr. 1st, 2007|03:09 pm]
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As you may remember, Astronaut Duncan provided us with tha most excellent reading of Poe tales by none other than Christopher Lee (which can be found right here).  I snatched its "sequel" from the internets, which I offer here in two parts.

First we have cassette one, which features the following tales...


Listen to Tales Of Mystery And Horror, cassette one


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(no subject) [Mar. 25th, 2007|07:36 pm]
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This week we wrap up the Blood Lines series with the final five episodes.

Blood Lines is the narration companion series to Fresh Blood, the series of new dramas (which I also plan on posting).  There are ten in all, and the first five were be posted here last week . 

Listen to Blood Lines

In Damien G. Walter's "Cthul-you", an occultist signs up to the website “Cthul-You” in the hope of meeting like-minded people. This is a demonic version of “My Space” where instead of attracting fellow humans, the desired outcome is to attract demons. Just who exactly is “Mark” who answers this lonely occultist’s call and what plans does he have for his new devotee?

Cthul-You
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The setting is Victorian London and a scientist has just discovered how to keep death at bay. The dead are brought to the Asylum of The Deceased where they are resurrected. An illicit romance begins to blossom between one of the new inmates and a young doctor. The plight of being brought back to life and forced to live in limbo is explored in all its complexity in Nick Moulton's "The Quick And The Dead".

The Quick And The Dead
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Angels arrive on Earth with an important message to impart, only to find that no-one knows who they are and what they represent. The world is greatly changed and humankind’s collective memory is failing. Death is no longer officially recognised, forcing it to go underground – travelling cemeteries arrive in the middle of the night to take away the dead and a thriving market in illegal elegy smuggling has emerged. Lachrimae Bird, circus performer and chief elegy writer, is the only one to remember angels and she wonders why they have chosen to make their presence felt now in Fiona McFarlane's "Elegy Underground".

Elegy Underground
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In a last ditched attempt to save their relationship a young woman persuades her boyfriend to come on holiday with her to Canada. Things get off to a bad start – they have a terrible row as soon as they book into the hotel. He storms off and she is left to contemplate her disastrous love life. Suddenly the ghostly apparition of a woman with half a face missing appears in the room with a chilling message for the young tourist in Alexandra Bayliss' "A Lasting Impression".

A Lasting Impression
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The UK in the near future. This is a forbidding place where individuality is frowned upon and in extreme cases punished. Following the death of her mother, a young woman becomes estranged from her father. He unquestioningly embraces the new world order, whereas she remains stubbornly defiant, only just living on the right side of the law. He even undergoes a medical procedure to cut her out of his life. The daughter comes home one night to be greeted by a sinister official calling himself “Truth”. It would seem any hope of reconciliation between father and daughter is fading fast in Ian Dudley's "Father's Day".

Father's Day
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(no subject) [Mar. 18th, 2007|09:21 pm]
za_tales

This series just wrapped up on BBC-7, but I thought it might be nice to offer it here while it was still warm and twitching...

Blood Lines is the narration companion series to Fresh Blood, the series of new dramas (which I also plan on posting).  There are ten in all, and the first five will be posted here this week with the last five following on the 24th.  Due to my impending vacation, I'll use the BBC's descriptions for these shows.
Listen to Blood Lines

Across the water, the Napoleonic Wars rage but a young girl discovers a danger much closer to home when she encounters a mysterious visitor from Ancient Greece who has taken up residence in the attic of her London boarding school in Susanna Clarke's "The Dweller In High Places".

The Dweller In High Places
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A tragic accident atop Cherrybrook Hill leaves car-mechanic, Mickey-Joe, devastated. Unable to face up to his guilt he retreats into a world of rituals and habits as a way of keeping his emotions in check. When his dog dies during a dust storm, the memories come flooding back and Mickey-Joe finally goes to meet the ghost that calls out to him from the top of Cherrybrook Hill in Sarah Dobbs' "Ghost In The Mechanic".

Ghost In The Mechanic
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Terror grips a man as he regains consciousness and discovers he’s lost his identity card. He’s lying in a deserted alleyway in the middle of a city with no memory of who he is. His only clue is a name and address on a scrap of paper in his pocket. He sets out to find this person, all the time, consumed by a fear that unless he tracks down his card, his very life is in danger in Phil Emery's "ID".

ID
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The UK in the near future. The population is divided into the privileged that live in a sanitised “perfect” environment and the workers who live in polluted shanty towns, performing the menial jobs that sustain the lifestyles of the privileged. A runner, uneasy about his so-called “perfect” existence, likes to escape from his world and each day run through these off-limit shanty towns. When, on his run, he encounters a young boy scarred from polluted water, he’s forced to confront what is wrong with his way of life in Kate Scott's "Conviction".

Conviction
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Pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend, a young woman moves into a semi-derelict Georgian house in Whitechapel to house-sit for friends. She starts hearing running feet and a baby crying and becomes obsessed with finding out whether in the past, a baby has died in the house. All she can think about is finding a way to stop the crying. Out of desperation, she triggers off a series of events that puts her own baby at risk in Catherine Mant's "Expecting".

Expecting
(12.5 mb; 13:45 min)


Lastly, Gemma Jenkins talks about her series of new writings...

Gemma Jenkins interview
(1.23 mb; 1:20 min)

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(no subject) [Mar. 11th, 2007|03:01 pm]
za_tales

Cayce Pollard is the best marketing research consultant money can buy.  That's why she was the obvious choice for London-based firm Blue Ant when they needed someone to investigate some video loops being posted all over the internet that society has become obsessed with.  Blue Ant wants to tap into any source that can command such brand loyalty and wants Pollard to find the person responsible.  Unknown to Pollard, there's more to these video snippets than anyone could have imagined...

EDIT:  Part five was missing in action, but thanks to Astronaut Murph we now have it.


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(no subject) [Mar. 4th, 2007|01:56 am]
za_tales

And now, finally, the final two episodes of Phantom Of The Opera.


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(no subject) [Feb. 25th, 2007|07:20 pm]
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Finally, after roughly an hour and a half of story every week for nearly two months... you're being gypped for a week.  As luck would have it, the MP3s burned from the WAV files recorded from the tapes are CORRUPT!  So while you wait, unless you're sick of CBS Radio Mystery Theater after this week's Lucky 13, here's their adaptation of The Phantom...



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(no subject) [Feb. 18th, 2007|08:34 am]
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Our tale of the Phantom nears its end with episodes 9 and 10 - next week it will come to a close.


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(no subject) [Feb. 11th, 2007|02:34 pm]
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Our tale of the Phantom still continues to continue...


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(no subject) [Feb. 4th, 2007|10:00 pm]
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Our tale of the Phantom continues continuing...


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(no subject) [Jan. 21st, 2007|12:24 pm]
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Our tale of the Phantom continues...


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(no subject) [Jan. 14th, 2007|08:28 pm]
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This begins a series of unabridged bits of Gaston Leroux's "Phantom Of The Opera".  Though most people know Leroux only for this work, he's also credited with E. A. Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle for pioneering detective fiction.


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(no subject) [Oct. 29th, 2006|10:28 am]
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This Terrifying Tale was penned by James Graham Ballard, known to millions as simply "J. G.".

British writer Ballard was born on November 15th, 1930 in Shanghai, where his father was chairman and managing director of that particular branch of the Calico Printers Association.  Living in Shanghai, Ballard experienced first hand both the 2nd Sino-Japanese War and World War II, the latter detailed in his novel Empire Of The Sun.  He was relocated to England in 1946 after the war and after a stint in the RAF and as an assistant editor for a science journal, he wrote his first novel, The Wind From Nowhere, in 1960.  After his wife's death in '64, his work began to take the shape that would define his writing (and inspire the adjective "Ballardian", which has been included in the Collins English Dictionary).

This BBC production is of his short story "The Recognition", in which the narrator stumbles upon a strange tavelling circus whose cages are inexplicably empty.  Where were the animals that once inhabited the cages?  Why are the cage doors bolted from the inside?  He is soon granted a strange explanation...


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(no subject) [May. 20th, 2006|06:56 am]
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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born on November 11, 1922, in Indianapolis (which has also been the stage for many of his stories). As a high-schooler at Shortridge High School, Vonnegut worked on the nation's first and only daily high school newspaper.  He attended Butler University, then Cornell, where he majored in chemistry.  From there he served in the U.S. Army during WWII, which heavily influenced his work - having witnessed the bombing of Dresden and being a POW has been mentioned in many of his books and was the basis of his novel Slaughterhouse Five.

Now, sadly, Vonnegut has retired from writing fiction, although his most recent book , A Man Without A Country, has received both critical and commercial acclaim.  He still smokes, though he insisted he was dying from the habit when I attended a lecture he gave at LSU in the early ninties.  He thinks of his Pall Mall habit as a classy way to commit suicide.  He also attended someone's senior prom this year.

This BBC production is of his short story "Thanasphere", which was originally published in Colliers on September 2nd, 1950.  Major Allan Rice pilots a starship into space as part of a highly secretive experiment executed by Dr. Bernard Groesinger.  It will mark the first ever radio transmission from space.  Dr. Groesinger isn't expecting the message Major Rice sends, as he seems to be able to hear, in the deep blackness of space, the voices of the dead...


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