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The British Short Story - Volume 9 - James S. Pyke-Nott to William Hope Hodgson

The British Short Story - Volume 9 - James S. Pyke-Nott to William Hope Hodgson

Author: G K Chesterton, James S Pyke-Nott, William Hope Hodgson Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Mark Rice-Oxley Release Date: 01/10/2020

These British Isles, moored across from mainland Europe, are more often seen as a world unto themselves. Restless and creative, they often warred amongst themselves until they began a global push to forge a World Empire of territory, of trade and of language.Here our ambitions are only of the literary kind. These shores have mustered many masters of literature. So this anthology's boundaries includes only those authors who were born in the British Isles - which as a geographical definition is the UK mainland and the island of Ireland - and wrote in a familiar form of English.Whilst Daniel Defoe is the normal starting point we begin a little earlier with Aphra Behn, an equally colourful character as well as an astonishing playwright and poet. And this is how we begin to differentiate our offering; both in scope, in breadth and in depth. These islands have raised and nurtured female authors of the highest order and rank and more often than not they have been sidelined or ignored in favour of that other gender which usually gets the plaudits and the royalties.Way back when it was almost immoral that a woman should write. A few pages of verse might be tolerated but anything else brought ridicule and shame. That seems unfathomable now but centuries ago women really were chattel, with marriage being, as the Victorian author Charlotte Smith boldly stated 'legal prostitution'. Some of course did find a way through - Jane Austen, the Brontes and Virginia Woolf but for many others only by changing their names to that of men was it possible to get their book to publication and into a readers hands. Here we include George Eliot and other examples.We add further depth with many stories by authors who were famed and fawned over in their day. Some wrote only a hidden gem or two before succumbing to poverty and death. There was no second career as a game show guest, reality TV contestant or youtuber. They remain almost forgotten outposts of talent who never prospered despite devoted hours of pen and brain.Keeping to a chronological order helps us to highlight how authors through the ages played around with characters and narrative to achieve distinctive results across many scenarios, many styles and many genres. The short story became a sort of literary laboratory, an early disruptor, of how to present and how to appeal to a growing audience as a reflection of social and societal changes. Was this bound to happen or did a growing population that could read begin to influence rather than just accept?Moving through the centuries we gather a groundswell of authors as we hit the Victorian Age - an age of physical mass communication albeit only on an actual printed page. An audience was offered a multitude of forms: novels (both whole and in serialised form) essays, short stories, poems all in weekly, monthly and quarterly form. Many of these periodicals were founded or edited by literary behemoths from Dickens and Thackeray through to Jerome K Jerome and, even some female editors including Ethel Colburn Mayne, Alice Meynell and Ella D'Arcy.Now authors began to offer a wider, more diverse choice from social activism and justice - and injustice to cutting stories of manners and principles. From many forms of comedy to mental meltdowns, from science fiction to unrequited heartache. If you can imagine it an author probably wrote it. At the end of the 19th Century bestseller lists and then prizes, such as the Nobel and Pulitzer, helped focus an audience's attention to a books literary merit and sales worth. Previously coffeehouses, Imperial trade, unscrupulous overseas printers ignoring copyright restrictions, publishers with their book lists as an appendix and the gossip and interchange of polite society had been the main avenues to secure sales and profits.

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Carnacki, The Ghost Finder - No 1 - The Gateway of the Monster

Carnacki, The Ghost Finder - No 1 - The Gateway of the Monster

Author: William Hope Hodgson Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Mark Rice-Oxley Release Date: 01/10/2020

William Hope Hodgson was born in Essex, England on November 15th, 1877.Over his short career he produced a large body of work which explored and covered many genres. From horror, to science fiction, to stories on the sea, where he had spent much of his early life.In 1899, at the age of 22, he opened W. H. Hodgson's School of Physical Culture, in Blackburn offering tailored exercise regimes for personal training. Eventually the business shut down and he immersed himself in writing. An article in 1903 'Physical Culture versus Recreative Exercises' led the way into fiction writing. In 1904 came his first short story 'The Goddess of Death'. It was the beginning of an intensely creative period in his life. He wrote novels, poetry and many, many short stories including series on the Sargasso Sea and Captain Gault.One of his most memorable creations was his Carnacki, Supernatural Detective creation. This fused together his passion for sleuthing and interest in the Occult. It was a memorable success.When war drew its shadow over Europe Hodgson received a commission as a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery. In 1916 he was thrown from a horse and suffered a serious head injury; he received a mandatory discharge, and returned to writing.Hodgson recovered sufficiently to re-enlist but at the Battle of Ypres in April 1918 he was killed by an artillery shell.

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The Voice in the night

The Voice in the night

Author: William Hope Hodgson Narrator: Edward E. French Release Date: 01/08/2020

A weird tale that anticipates the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Terror on the high seas when crew men on a ship encounter a man whose body is slowly being absorbed by a gelatinous cosmic horror. William Hope Hodgson (November 15, 1877 – April 1918) aims for horror with a scientific rather than a supernatural basis. In fact Lovecraft called him 'second only to Algernon Blackwood in his serious treatment of unreality.' Oscar nominated and Emmy Award Winning Special Effects makeup Artist Ed French narrates this chillingly somber tale.

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The Night Land

The Night Land

Author: William Hope Hodgson Narrator: Jony William Release Date: 01/07/2020

The Night Land is a classic horror novel by William Hope Hodgson. The Night Land is a tale of the remote future, billions of years after the death of the sun. It is one of the most potent pieces of macabre imagination ever written. There is a sense of cosmic alienage, breathless mystery, and terrified expectancy unrivalled in the whole range of literature. This fantasy of a night-black, dead planet, with the remains of the human race concentrated in a stupendously vast metal pyramid and besieged by monstrous, hybrid and altogether unknown forces of darkness, is something that no reader can forget. 

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Mitternachtsstories von Tschechow, Schmitz, Saki, Middleton, Hodgson - Nur für starke Nerven, Folge

Mitternachtsstories von Tschechow, Schmitz, Saki, Middleton, Hodgson - Nur für starke Nerven, Folge

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 'Auf der Landstraße' von Richard B. Middleton, 'Der Revolver' von Anton Tschechow, 'Die vorzügliche Kaffeemaschine' von Hermann Harry Schmitz, 'Laura' von Saki (a.k.a. Hector Hugh Munroe) und 'Die Stimme aus der Nacht' von William Hope Hodgson.

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The Horse of the Invisible

The Horse of the Invisible

Author: William Hope Hodgson Narrator: Joshua Stockton Release Date: 01/10/2018

First published in April, 1910, "The Horse of the Invisible" tells the tale of Carnacki, a ghost detective investigating the haunting of a country house that threatens the wedding of the Hisgins Family's daughter and her fiance. The source of the apparition must be found before the soon-to-be-wed woman is driven mad, or even to her death. Carnacki does not suspect supernatural forces are at work in this case, but even a ghostbuster can be wrong.

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The Ghost Pirates

The Ghost Pirates

Author: William Hope Hodgson Narrator: Luke Cardy Release Date: 01/10/2018

The Ghost Pirates is a powerful account of a doomed and haunted ship on its last voyage, and of the terrible sea-devils (of quasi-human aspect, and perhaps the spirits of bygone buccaneers) that besiege it and finally drag it down to an unknown fate. With its command of maritime knowledge, and its clever selection of hints and incidents suggestive of latent horrors in nature, this book at times reaches enviable peaks of power.

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The Thing Invisible

The Thing Invisible

Author: William Hope Hodgson Narrator: Roy Macready Release Date: 01/08/2018

"The Thing Invisible" is a story featuring Thomas Carnacki, a detective who investigates cases of an occult or supernatural nature. It is one of five tales of Carnacki's ghost hunting exploits which first appeared serially in "The Idler" magazine in 1910 and were published together with one more as a collection "Carnacki the Ghost-Finder" in 1913. After a good dinner Mr. Carnacki relates his experiences of ghost-finding to his limited circle of four friends whom he has summoned to his home in Chelsea.

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The Gateway of the Monster

The Gateway of the Monster

Author: William Hope Hodgson Narrator: Roy Macready Release Date: 01/07/2018

"The Gateway of the Monster" is a story featuring Thomas Carnacki, a detective who investigates cases of an occult or supernatural nature. It is one of five tales of Carnacki's ghost hunting exploits which first appeared serially in "The Idler" magazine in 1910 and were published together with one more as a collection "Carnacki the Ghost-Finder" in 1913. After a good dinner Mr. Carnacki relates his experiences of ghost-finding to his limited circle of four friends whom he has summoned to his home in Chelsea.

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The Ghost Pirates

The Ghost Pirates

Author: William Hope Hodgson Narrator: Stephen Ward Release Date: 01/09/2017

The Ghost Pirates is a powerful account of a doomed and haunted ship on its last voyage, and of the terrible sea-devils (of quasi-human aspect, and perhaps the spirits of bygone buccaneers) that besiege it and finally drag it down to an unknown fate. With its command of maritime knowledge, and its clever selection of hints and incidents suggestive of latent horrors in nature, this book at times reaches enviable peaks of power.

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The Voice in the Night

The Voice in the Night

Author: William Hope Hodgson Narrator: Cathy Dobson Release Date: 01/07/2017

William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918) was an English author. He produced a large body of work including horror, fantastic fiction, and science fiction stories. "The Voice in the Night" is an uncanny story about a ship becalmed in fog in the middle of the Pacific. In the night, the watch hears a voice hailing the ship. It would seem to be a lone man in a rowing boat, but the individual does not wish to be seen. He is starving and urgently wants them to give him food - but despite this, he will not approach the ship and vehemently rejects the idea of being rescued. Instead they have to float some provisions out to him in a crate, which he takes off to a nearby island where his fiancée is dying of hunger. A few hours later he returns and tells a horrifying and incredible tale.

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The Night Land

The Night Land

Author: William Hope Hodgson Narrator: Mark Nelson Release Date: 01/12/2016

The Night Land is a classic horror novel by William Hope Hodgson. "The Night Land is a tale of the remote future '• billions of years after the death of the sun. It is one of the most potent pieces of macabre imagination ever written . . . there is a sense of cosmic alienage, breathless mystery, and terrified expectancy unrivalled in the whole range of literature . . . this fantasy of a night-black, dead planet, with the remains of the human race concentrated in a stupendously vast metal pyramid and besieged by monstrous, hybrid, and altogether unknown forces of darkness, is something that no reader can forget." '• H. P. Lovecraft. The tale of a heroic search for life beyond the darkness, this groundbreaking story was the first work of modern fantasy to feature a dying Earth. The inspiration for countless science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels, the book's legions of fans included Clark Ashton Smith, who remarked that "In all literature, there are few works so sheerly remarkable, so purely creative, as The Night Land."

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