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Collecting Arthur Machen, by R.B. Russell, part one

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Ghost Story (TV 1972) :01x02 - The Concrete Captain

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Ghost Story (TV 1972) :01x08 - House Of Evil

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Ghost Story (TV 1972) :01x11 - Touch Of Madness

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Ghost Story (TV 1972) :01x03 - At The Cradle Foot

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'W is for Werewolf' - Dark Fantasy

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'All Hallows' from The Black Mass

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'The Ghost' by Catherine Wells

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'The Demon Tree' from Dark Fantasy (NBC 1941)

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'The Burning Court' from Suspense

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Hope you're enjoying these readings and wireless oldies! More on my YouTube channel if you click through via the video above. Stay safe, folks.

'The Sundial' by R.H. Malden

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'The Strange Case of Edgar Allan Poe'

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'The Midnight House'

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'Carmilla' by J. Sheridan Le Fanu - from Nightfall

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Coronavirus update

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I have developed a bit of a cough. No other symptoms and it's probably just a cold, because it's winter and so forth. But I'm spending a few days indoors and avoiding all human (and inhuman) contact for a while. In the meantime, I'll be uploading various things here (I hope). If anyone wants some free reading matter, I can easily email you a free pdf of ST, Just let me know the issue(s) and where to send it/them. You can also get some free stuff, including some ebooks of mine, free from Scare Street .

'The Teeth of Abbot Thomas' - M.R. James spoof

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Supernatural Tales #43 update

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Spring 2020 issue is now available for download.

DAGON by H. P. Lovecraft (Illustrated)

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H. P. Lovecraft (Motion Comic) The Call Of Cthulhu

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H.P. Lovecraft (Motion Comic) The Rats In The Walls

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Latest issue now available - ST #43 is here

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The Spring 2020 issue of Supernatural Tales is now available to order online . New stories of the strange, weird, and uncanny from Tim Foley, Chloe N. Clark, Steve Duffy, Katherine Haynes, J.S. Hopkins, and Tom Johnstone. These are not normal times, but I think at least some of these tales of unease will provide a measure of escapism.  I will be releasing the ezine version very soon.

Ghost pirates? What a novel notion!

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I apologise for not posting here more often. I have been worried, stressed, distracted for so long now it's becoming my new normal. However, if you're interested in my writing activities, I will soon have a new book out from US publisher Scare Street. See if you can guess what it might concern from this provisional cover. Yes, there are pirates. Of the Caribbean, as it happens. Why no, I don't have a good lawyer. Why do you ask?
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New stories of the strange, weird, and uncanny from Tim Foley, Chloe N. Clark, Steve Duffy, Katherine Haynes, J.S. Hopkins, and Tom Johnstone. Due out very soon indeed! Honest.

'You Have Reached Your Destination'

The final story in Last Stop Wellsbourne is, I believe, a heartfelt elegy by Tom Johnstone for a writer who is much-missed, who was taken too soon. It is a fitting end to a book that is in many ways a lament for goodness and decency in our society, a collection of political horror that succeeds where many lesser writers would have fallen. Lauren is a writer attending a convention, where she misses the recently-deceased writer Daniel Way. I assumed that Daniel Way represents Joel Lane, especially after it emerges that Lauren and Martin were going edit an anti-fascist anthology together. At the convention Lauren meets an old man selling Way's book collection, and finds he will have to take most of them back again by public transport. She offers to load them into her car and drive them back. Whereupon her adventure begins. The books, it turns out, have a life of their own. The boxes move about in the back of her car. They seem to be urging her on, to a particular location. It is

'Last Stop Wellsbourne'

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And so we come to the title story (but not the last story) of Tom Johnstone's themed collection about a town that may or may not be Brighton. This is an interesting modern take on that well-loved sub-genre, the spooky train ride. Our protagonist is a rather unpleasant would-be property tycoon who finds his commuter service transformed into an old-style steam train, which brings him into Wellsbourne station rather than modern Brighton. 'It must be some kind of theme park, like when they run old steam locomotives and want the platform to fit with them. And when I get off, I hear the pistons hissing, turn to see a black iron funnel rising from the engine of the train I’ve just left. If the station’s a mock-up, everyone’s in on the act, and the sign says, “Welcome to Wellsbourne, where the land meets the sea, where all your dreams come true!”' In a Twilight Zone episode we all know what would happen next. Wellsbourne would turn out to be a rather quaint, somewhat Utopian co