LibriVox: The Willows by Algernon Blackwood

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LibriVox Run that by me one more time? Somebody over on LibriVox is reading my thoughts? Really?


Well, the good news is that my thoughts are all a benefit to you folks too! See here, there’s a brand new reading of The Willows that Algernon Blackwood story I was telling you about just on Friday! But now you don’t have to wrangle with an the BBC iPlayer, or even torrent anything. What we’ve got here is a easy peasy 1-click download or podcast feed to make your life easier.

LibriVox Horror - The Willows by Algernon BlackwoodThe Willows
By Algernon Blackwood; Read by Michael Thomas Robinson
4 Zipped MP3 Files – Approx. 2 Hours 22 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: October 6th, 2008
A tale of horror in which a pleasant sojourn down the Danube tumbles terrifyingly awry as the veil between this world and an unfathomably weird dimension is inadvertently pierced by an innocent pair of vacationers, “The Willows”, arguably Algernon Blackwood’s seminal contribution to supernatural literature, has had a lasting influence on the field. No less a personage than H. P. Lovecraft describing it as “…the greatest weird tale ever written.” A reading will reveal a clear influence to one familiar with Lovecraft’s work. The masterful handling of mystery and suspense that build to a quite satisfyingly unnerving crescendo may be particularly noted by the discerning aficionado of the genre.

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BBC7 re-broadcasting Algernon Blackwood’s The Willows

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BBC Radio 7 - BBC7Previously aired on BBC 7, The Willows is a century old supernatural Horror story that H.P. Lovecraft described as: ‘The finest supernatural tale in English literature.’ Blackwood, is well regarded as one of the 20th century’s foremost writers of supernatural fiction and as Lovecraft, said of him:

“[Blackwood] is the one absolute and unquestioned master of weird atmosphere …[he] can evoke what amounts almost to a story from a simple fragment of psychological description. Above all others he understands how fully some sensitive minds dwell for ever on the borderland of dream, and how relatively slight is the distinction betwixt those images formed from actual objects and those excited by the play of the imagination.”

BBC7 - The Willows by Algernon BlackwoodThe Willows
By Algernon Blackwood; Read by Lawrence Jackson
4 X 30 Minute Episodes – Approx. 2 Hours [UNABRIDGED?]
BROADCASTER: BBC7’s The 7th Dimension
BROADCAST: Monday 6th to Thursday 9th of October 2008 at 6:30pm (repeats 12:30am) UK Time*
Two friends on a canoeing trip down the Danube decide to spend the night on a small island in a remote stretch of the river between Austria and Hungary. Little by little, they realize that malevolent supernatural forces, embodied by the island’s ubiquitous rustling willow trees, are at work against them, and what at first promises to be a straightforward camping expedition escalates into an ordeal of survival against a powerful agency from another dimension.

All four parts should be available via the BBC iPlayer service shortly after they air.

Also, there is currently a torrent for The Willows, over on [FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED].

Jesse Willis

LibriVox: Short Horror Story Collection #005

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LibriVox - Horror Story Collection 005Horror Story Collection 005
By various; Read by various
10 Zipped MP3s or Podcast – Approx. 4 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Published: September 15, 2008
An occasional collection of 10 horror stories by various readers. We aim to unsettle you a little, to cut through the pink cushion of illusion that shields you from the horrible realities of life. Here are the walking dead, the fetid pools of slime, the howls in the night that you thought you had confined to your more unpleasant dreams.

By Edgar Allan Poe; Read by MorganScorpion
1 |MP3| – Approx. 20 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]

The Black Cat
By Edgar Allan Poe; Read by Ernst Pattynama
1 |MP3| – 30 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]

The Monkey’s Paw
By W.W. Jacobs; Read by Matthias Whitney
1 |MP3| – Approx. 21 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]

The Occupant of the Room
By Algernon Blackwood; Read by Mooseboy Alfonzo
1 |MP3| – Approx. 23 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]

The Painter’s Bargain
By William Makepeace Thackeray; Read by Mooseboy Alfonzo
1 |MP3| – Approx. 32 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]

The Room in the Tower
By E.F. Benson; Read by MorganScorpion
1 |MP3| – Approx. 29 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]

Stalley Fleming’s Hallucinations
By Ambrose Bierce; Read by Read by heshman08
1 |MP3| – Approx. 5 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]

The Tell-Tale Heart
By Edgar Alan Poe; Read by Reynard T. Fox
1 |MP3| – Approx. 16 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]

To Be Read at Dusk
By Charles Dickens; Read by Alex C. Telander
1|MP3| – Approx. 22 [UNABRIDGED]

By Mary Shelley; Read by: Alecia
1 |MP3| – Approx. 42 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]

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More Algernon Blackwood: The Empty House

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BBC 7's The 7th DimensionAlgernon Blackwood (1869 – 1951), as we mentioned earlier this week, is thought to be one of the early 20th century’s best supernatural authors. The good folks at agree, and they’ve recorded an unabridged reading of Blackwood’s The Empty House for your listening pleasure. Blackwood did write Horror stories, but he went along with the school of thought that placed of awe above terror in what makes a good Horror story.

The Empty House
By Algernon Blackwood; Read by Stefany Burrowes
1 |MP3| – Approx. 43 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Published: October 31st 2006
“Certain houses, like certain persons, manage somehow to proclaim at once their character for evil.”

Jesse Willis

BBC Radio 3 & BBC Radio 4 Offer SFFaudio Goodness

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Online Audio BBC Radio 3SFFaudio contributor Roy, has two unusual scoops for us today…

In “The Wire” slot (BBC Radio 3 21:00-21:45 Saturday 5th August UK Time) there will be a repeat from last October of Jeff Noon’s Dead Code: Ghosts Of The Digital Age. The Radio Times describes it thusly: “Among the ruins of a housing estate in a futuristic, post digital world, music haunts the streets as Joe & Dixie struggle with the loss of Charlie”.

Online AudioOver on BBC Radio 4, in the “Book At Bedtime” slot are five nightly readings of Algernon Blackwood Ghost Stories (BBC Radio 4 22:15 31st July – 4th August).

The Willows
Two travelers camped in the wilderness encounter malevolent forces beyond their understanding. Read by Hugh Ross

The Empty House
An aunt and her nephew attempt to spend the night in a haunted house. Read by Hugh Ross

Ancient Sorceries
An Englishman staying in a sleepy French town makes a terrifying discovery. Read by Hugh Ross

Smith – An Episode In A Lodging House
When his fellow lodger comes to borrow a book, a student his caught up in powerful rituals. Read by Hugh Ross.

The Glamour of the Snow
A tourist at a mountain ski resort becomes captivated by a mysterious young woman. Read by Hugh Ross

And remember folks, these shows are available through the various “listen again” services unique to each BBC channel for 6 days following the broadcast.