Before Eden by Arthur C Clarke

Read by Tim Pigott-Smith

The first men have arrived on Venus and search for signs of life, but their arrival has a terrible, unintended, consequence on the planet.

Before Eden starts as any generic planetary exploration tale. Two men investigate the polar regions of Venus and find the less than harsh atmosphere is ready for the evolution of life. The plot takes us through a vivid scientific expedition that visualizes barren Venusian landscape and something even more curious, a moving shape that hints at early evolution. The story’s real success is that it doesn’t tread a cliched path, but instead takes the reader by surprise in the very last paragraph.

Arthur C. Clarke was one of the most important figures in 20th century science fiction. He spent the beginning of his life in England, serving in World War Two as a radar operator. He then emigrated to Ceylon in 1956. He is best known for the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.

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The Boys From Brazil – by Ira Levin

Ira Levin’s famous novel about a Nazi plan to clone Hitler. An alternate history thriller read by Alex Jennings.

Alive and hiding in South America, the fiendish Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele gathers a group of former colleagues for a horrifying project—the creation of the Fourth Reich.

Barry Kohler, a young investigative journalist, gets wind of the project and informs famed Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman, but before he can relay the evidence, Kohler is killed.

Why has Mengele marked a number of harmless aging men for murder? What is the hidden link that binds them? What interest can they possibly hold for their killers: six former SS men dispatched from South America by the most wanted Nazi still alive, the notorious “Angel of Death”?

One man is left to answer these questions and stop the killings, Lieberman himself, who is aging and thought by some to be losing his grip on reality.

At the heart of The Boys from Brazil lies a frightening contemporary nightmare, chilling and all too possible.

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Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Kim Cattrall reads this classic best-selling horror about a young, newly married couple who move into a fashionable Manhattan block which harbours a terrifying secret.

Ira Levin’s novel is a horror story of modern occultism. Set in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Rosemary Woodhouse and her husband Guy, move into an apartment building with a disturbing history of witchcraft and murder. Levin’s book was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film starring Mia Farrow and was directed by Roman Polanski.

Described by author Stephen King as “the Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels”, Levin is also the author of The Stepford Wives, another psychological thriller which places women as victims of seemingly ordinary environments that belie dark, sinister truths.

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Jaws – by Peter Benchley – Read by John Guerrasio

Jaws is the thriller that inspired the Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid of the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again – or for the first time! Jaws was #48 in the American Film Institute’s 100 Years – 100 Movies. The film version earned the coveted number 1 spot on the Bravo network’s 100 Scariest Movies countdown list. This tale of man-eating terror that spawned a movie, two video games, a Universal Studios theme park attraction, and two musicals is finally available on audio for the first time ever!

After a young woman is killed by a Great White Shark while skinny-dipping in the New England town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn refuses, fearing that tourist revenue loss will harm the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper and salty ship captain Quint offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and so begins an epic battle of man vs. beast.

Part 01 – In the seaside town of Amity, something evil lurks beneath the waves.
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Part 06 – Brody, Hooper and Quint come face to face with the killer shark.

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The story centres on Tom Wallace who after being hypnotised by his brother-in-law at a dinner party awakens to strange abilities. His existence becomes unbearable and his sanity threatened, he faces the biggest revelation of all – a message from beyond the grave.

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The Man In The Picture – by Susan Hill

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There is a theory that ghost may be projected recordings from the very brickwork of buildings that they may be recorded in ‘stone tapes’ that can replay scenes or characters of heightened emotion that went before. What if something a bit more animated than a building, say a realistic oil painting, could also convey recorded instances of such strong emotions? Emotions such as mortal terror?

Such a painting, regarding a Venetian carnival scene, is hanging in the rooms of a Cambridge Manor.
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Summary – “A physician Burt Stanton (played by Peter Horton) and his girlfriend, Vicky (Linda Hamilton), drive across the Midwest to his new job. Their trip comes to a sudden halt when they encounter the body of a murdered boy in the road. As they try to contact the authorities, they wander into a small town populated only by children, who are all followers of a sinister young preacher named Isaac Chroner (John Franklin). Soon the couple is fleeing the youthful fanatics, who want to sacrifice them to their demonic deity.”

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“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is a short story of by American author Washington Irving, written while Irving was living in Birmingham, England, and was written with a companion piece “Rip Van Winkle”.

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is one of the earliest American fiction stories with enduring popularity, especially during Halloween due to the Headless Horseman being believed to be a Hessian soldier who lost his head to a cannonball in battle.

The quiet community of Sleepy Hollow lay in the Adirondack mountains on the western shore of the Hudson River in America’s colonial period. The solitude of the woods was overwhelming, and not even a schoolmaster was immune from the eerie gloom that permeated the dense forest.

“From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by name of Sleepy Hollow … A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere.”
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