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Von 1973 bis 1990 strahlte Sender Freies Berlin (SFB) die beliebte Hörfunksendung 'Nur für starke Nerven' (ab 1987 unter dem Namen 'Die Mitternachtsstory') aus. Der Schauspieler Friedrich Schoenfelder las darin Grusel- und Kriminalgeschichten für Erwachsene zur guten Nacht vor. Bezeichnenderweise schlug er selbst 1972 der Unterhaltungsabteilung des SFB vor, eine Sendereihe zu starten, in der von ihm redaktionell ausgewählte Gruselgeschichten zu Gehör kommen sollten. Namhafte Autoren, von denen Geschichten zum Vortrag kamen, waren Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch, E. A. Poe oder auch zeitgenössische deutschsprachige AutorInnen. Die Sendereihe umfasste mehr als 500 Folgen. Friedrich Schoenfelder konnte in mehr als 140 TV- und Kinofilmen, in mehr als 50 Hörspielen und als Synchronsprecher seine schauspielerische Leistung als distinguierter Gentleman aber auch als Charakterdarsteller unter Beweis stellen. In dieser Folge liest Friedrich Schoenfelder die Geschichten 'Augusthitze' und 'Nacht über dem Moor' von W. F. Harvey, 'Schicksal' von Saki, 'Der schöne Anzug' von H.G. Wells, 'Der Bahnwärter' von Charles Dickens und 'Der Fluch der Feuer und Schatten' von William Butler Yeats.Show more
William Fryer Harvey (1885-1937) was an English writer of short stories, most notably in the mystery and horror genres, in which many of his works are recognized as masterpieces of the genre. "Miss Cornelius" is one of W. F. Harvey's most acclaimed works. The elderly spinster, Miss Cornelius appears to be the cause of a range of strange supernatural phenomena which are troubling the house where she is temporarily lodging. But when Andrew Saxon, a local schoolmaster, accuses her of being behind the mysterious haunting she turns on him with a terrifying curse. Following this the focus of the strange and terrifying phenomena mysteriously shifts to the Saxon household... and worse still, it seems as though the awful powers have transferred from Miss Cornelius to Saxon's beloved wife, Molly. As so often with W. F. Harvey's works, there is a terrible and astounding twist at the end of the story.Show more
William Fryer Harvey (1885-1937) was an English writer of short stories, most notably in the mystery and horror genres, in which many of his works are recognized as masterpieces of the genre. "The Ankardine Pew" is one of W. F. Harvey's most famous works. It is a curious tale of a house haunted by the tortured soul of a previous owner who had once committed a most dreadful and unusual atrocity.Show more
Twenty classic tales featuring doctors, patients, feverish imaginations, sick minds and unwell bodies. 1. Under the Knife by H. G. Wells 2. Room Number Ten by Bessie Kyffin-Taylor 3. Story of the Vanishing Patient by Elia J. Peattie 4. The District Doctor by Ivan Turgenev 5. Dead of Night by W. F. Harvey 6. Cool Air by H. P. Lovecraft 7. The Operation by Violet Hunt 8. The Greatest Good of the Greatest Number by Gertrude Atherton 9. The Permanent Stiletto by W. C. Morrow 10. The Last Leaf by O. Henry 11. This is All by Barry Pain 12. Green Tea by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu 13. The Bath Chair by E. F. Benson 14. The Bundle of Letters by Maurus Jokai 15. The Man who was Blind by Edwin Pugh 16. Laura by H. H. Munro 17. The Unrest Cure by H. H. Munro 18. The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe 19. All Souls by Edith Wharton 20. A Tale of the Great Plague by Thomas HoodShow more
A creepy collection of short stories about ghosts, vampires, death, demons and unearthly happenings. 1. Satan’s Circus by Eleanor Smith 2. The Coffin Merchant by Richard Middleton 3. Over an Absinthe Bottle by W. C. Morrow 4. The Operation by Violet Hunt 5. Outside the Door by E. F. Benson 6. The Vampire by Jan Neruda 7. The Lighthouse on Shivering Sand by J. S. Fletcher 8. The Story of the Spaniards by E&H Heron 9. The Everlasting Club by Arthur Gray 10. The Lovely Lady by D. H. Lawrence 11. The Tarn by Hugh Walpole 12. Pigeons from Hell by Robert E. Howard 13. Pickman’s Model by H. P. Lovecraft 14. The Silver Mask by Hugh Walpole 15. The Anticipator by Morley Roberts 16. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton 17. Expiation by E. F. Benson 18. The Tiger by Hugh Walpole 19. Caterpillars by E. F. Benson 20. Dead of Night by W. F. Harvey … and more than 20 other great stories for Halloween.Show more
William Fryer Harvey (1885-1937) was an English writer of short stories, most notably in the mystery and horror genres, in which many of his works are recognized as masterpieces. The Lake is an intriguing mystery story. "There is something terribly wrong with the lake" are the dying words of the rich, elderly invalid Mrs. Carstairs, spoken to her private nurse. The death of Mrs. Carstairs is extremely opportune for three people - the nephew and nieces of the deceased. Nurse Wilkie is not satisfied with the circumstances of Mrs. Carstairs' death...and what on earth could her remark about the lake refer to? She sets out to investigate and uncovers a highly ingenious murder plot.Show more
A collection of 45 short stories which threaten to unhinge the listener's mind. Strange phenomena, insane genius, inexplicable happenings and the inability to deal with life and death are all themes which run through this brilliant selection. 1. 'This is All' by Barry Pain 2. 'The Mysterious Card' by Cleveland Moffett 3. 'The Card Unveiled' by Cleveland Moffett 4. 'The Artist’s Secret' by Olive Schreiner 5. 'August Heat' by W. F. Harvey 6. 'A Madman’s Manuscript' by Charles Dickens 7. 'The Missing Years' by Barry Pain 8. 'The Terrible Old Man' by H. P. Lovecraft 9. 'The Bet' by Anton Chekhov 10. 'The Diary of Mr. Poynter' by M. R. James 11. 'Pigeons from Hell' by Robert E. Howard 12. 'The Last Leaf' by O. Henry 13. 'The Magnet' by Barry Pain 14. 'Her Lover' by Maxim Gorky 15. 'The White Dog' by Fedor Sologub 16. 'Pickman’s Model' by H. P. Lovecraft 17. 'A Very Black Business' by Ernest Bramah 18. 'Sea Curse' by Robert E. Howard 19. 'The Man who Hated Aspidistras' by W. F. Harvey 20. 'Green Tea' by J. Sheridan Le Fanu 21. 'The End of a Show' by Barry Pain 22. 'The Evil Clergyman' by H. P. Lovecraft 23. 'Double Demon' by W. F. Harvey 24. 'Mad Monkton' by Wilkie Collins 25. 'Cool Air' by H. P. Lovecraft 26. 'Dead of Night' by W. F. Harvey 27. 'The Heart of the Fire' by W. F. Harvey 28. 'His Brother’s Keeper' by W. W. Jacobs 29. 'The Dream' by A. J. Alan 30. 'Query' by Seamark and 15 other disturbing and unsettling stories.Show more
An enthralling collection of creepy and mysterious stories. From classic detective stories to spine-tingling horror and scary ghost stories, these tales will make your flesh crawl.... 'A Ghost Story' by Mark Twain 'The Silver Mask' by Hugh Walpole 'The Cactus' by O. Henry 'Dead of Night' by W. F. Harvey 'The Terrible Old Man' by H. P. Lovecraft 'Rattle of Bones' by Robert E. Howard 'The Last Leaf' by O. Henry 'The Magnet' by Barry Pain 'Pickman’s Model' by H. P. Lovecraft 'Sea Curse' by Robert E. Howard 'The Mystery of the Steel Room' by Thomas W. Hanshew 'The Whistle' by Hugh Walpole 'The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone' by Arthur Conan Doyle 'The Ransom of Red Chief' by O. Henry 'The Man who hated Aspidistras' by W. F. Harvey 'The Dream Snake' by Robert E. Howard 'This is All' by Barry Pain 'The House of Cobwebs' by George Gissing 'Miracles' by Barry Pain 'Pigeons from Hell' by Robert E. Howard 'The Paradise of Thieves' by G. K. Chesterton 'The Cop and the Anthem' by O. Henry 'The Blue Sequin' by R. Austin Freeman 'Double Demon' by W. F. Harvey 'The Thing on the Roof' by Robert E. Howard 'Bagnell Terrace' by E. F. Benson 'A Foggy Evening' by A. J. Alan 'His Brother’s Keeper' by W. W. Jacobs 'Moon’s Gibbet' by Egerton Castle 'Charles' by A. J. Alan And 30 more enthralling stories...Show more
William Fryer Harvey (1885-1937) was an English writer of short stories, most notably in the mystery and horror genres. Born into a wealthy Quaker family in Yorkshire, he went to Balliol College, Oxford, and took a degree in medicine at Leeds. Ill health dogged him, however, and he devoted much of his recuperation to writing short stories. "Unwinding" is a strange story based around a simple parlour game. The guests take it in turn to say what the thing mentioned by the previous player reminds them of. But when the vicar says that first class railway compartments remind him of murder, everyone is puzzled. Over supper the vicar tells a very peculiar story. But it is the behaviour of the newcomer, the mysterious Mr. Cholmondery, which is most peculiar...Show more
William Fryer Harvey (1885-1937) was an English writer of short stories, most notably in the mystery and horror genres. "Tha Man who hated Aspidistras" is an eerie tale of a man whose life, from boyhood onward, as been blighted by the sinister houseplants favoured by Victorian ladies. His dislike turns almost to a mania... and then things take on a very peculiar turn...Show more
William Fryer Harvey (1885-1937) was an English writer of short stories, most notably in the mystery and horror genres in which many of his works are recognized as masterpieces of the genre. This collection includes his two most famous works, "August Heat" and "The Beast with Five Fingers" as well as others which are true undiscovered gems. - Unwinding - August Heat - The Man who hated Aspidistras - The Clock - Double Demon - Dead of Night - The Beast with Five Fingers - The Dabblers - The Heart of the FireShow more
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