Saya’s Last Gasp is a short story written by Neil Gardner, award-winning radio & audio writer/producer/director. It is a piece of speculative science fiction, about a young woman struggling with her inevitable fate.
WARNING: Contains some mildly offensive language
Read by legendary actress LOUISE JAMESON (Doctor Who, Big Finish).
Dur: 6mins / 320Kbps Stereo MP3
We offer this short story to you FREE OF CHARGE, as a taster of our wares, and as a precursor to a collection of Neil Gardner’s short SF stories which will be released later in the autumn of 2013.
In this penultimate adventure in the Fourth Doctor and Leela audio drama series, our erstwhile travellers arrive in Derbyshire circa 1979. Amid the rise of Punk, Thatcherism and not a few cow pats, they become involved in the hunt for a missing girl and the strange inhabitants of a village living in fear of the great ?you know what?.
Mad as a bag of frogs ? or perhaps mad as a man with a big blue box ? would be one way to describe this audio. The spirits of The Wicker Man, An American Werewolf in London and the later films of Ken Russell all imbue the story and atmosphere, and seem to infect every character, from Rachael Stirling?s Mrs Demesne Furze and the mystery of what she keeps in the trunk of her car, to Michael Cochrane?s Colonel Hugh Spindleton, with his Chieftain tank and team of mercenaries. That this concoction not only makes sense, but is thoroughly entertaining with it, is a credit to writer Barnes and director Ken Bentley.
It?s no spoiler to say that this story sees the return of Geoffrey Beevers as the Master, but the nature of his return, and his relationship with the above guest characters, certainly kept this listener glued until the end, or rather, until the cliff-hanger, as this tale leads directly into next month?s final release The Oseidon Adventure.
As ever, Tom Baker makes the most of the humour in his part, though Louise Jameson is given her own lighter moments this time around, not least in Leela?s Mexican standoff with the aforementioned Chieftain.? Meanwhile Beevers gives the Master plenty of underlying menace, even if his voice does sound strangely similar to Derek Jacobi?s Professor Yana. The lack of a satisfying conclusion may frustrate some, but with that cliff-hanger due to be resolved in a month?s time, it won?t present as painful a wait as Let?s Kill Hitler did.
Doctor Who fans can immerse themselves in the world of the time traveller and his foes with the release of the complete boxed set of Doctor Who: Demon Quest. With the TARDIS not working properly, the Doctor, his housekeeper and Mike Yates embark on a journey through time and across continents where they must face the elusive, demonic being who keeps luring them on in their quest. It soon becomes clear that a trap has been laid for the Doctor – can he triumph yet again?
Doctor Who: Demon Quest Series – The Complete Boxed Set Format: 5 CDs
Duration: 6 hours approx.
For those who have been eagerly awaiting the next instalment of Doctor Who: Serpent Crest, the wait is over with the release of Part 2: The Broken Crown. This brand new multi-voice adventure for the 4th Doctor, played by Tom Baker, features characters from the classic Doctor Who TV series, written and produced for audio with specially composed music and sound design. With both titles written by the acclaimed Paul Magrs, the excitement mounts to keep us on the edge of our seats.
Doctor Who: Serpent Crest, Part 2 The Broken Crown Duration: 1 hour approx.
Format: download or 1 CD
DL RRP: ?6.79
DL ISBN: 9781408498194
CD RRP: ?10.20
CD ISBN: 9781408468869
For an even more chilling experience there are two horror titles for lovers of the ghoulish. Ghostly Terror is a terrifying collection of classic ghost stories from masters of the genre, by various authors and readers. Amongst the stories are The Beast With Five Fingers by WF Harvey, read by Stephen Pacey, and Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook by MR James, read by Andrew Sachs. Vampire Horror, a blood- curdling collection of short stories with a vampire theme, from classic authors including MR James and Arthur Conan Doyle, will appeal to sci-fi and fantasy fans as well as devotees of classic literature.
Ghostly Terror Format: download or 2 CDs
Duration: 2 hours 30 mins approx.
DL RRP: ?9.19
CD RRP: ?13.25 CD ISBN: 9781408470480
Vampire Horror Format: Download or?2 CDs
Duration: 2 hours 30 mins approx.
DL RRP: ?9.19
DL ISBN: 9781408497814
CD RRP: ?13.25
CD ISBN: 9781408468708
All titles will be available through AudioGo for download or CD purchase through Amazon or good book shops.
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As a fan of the somewhat twisted works of American horror author HP Lovecraft, since playing Call Of Cthulhu at school I am never bored of new productions and interpretations of Lovecrafts work.
I hope that you did not miss the excellent audio of At The Mountains Of Madness on BBC Radio 7 a couple of weeks ago, read by the equally amazing Richard Coyle.
If you haven’t then you have not missed out. There is an extended version available NOW through the Spokenworld Audio store. Click here to see exactly what is on offer.
?At The Mountains of Madness? tells the first-person tale of geologist William Dyer, a professor from Miskatonic University in the USA. He writes to disclose hitherto unknown and closely kept secrets in the hope that he can deter a planned and much publicized scientific expedition to Antarctica. For he has been there and seen the unimaginable horrors that lay beyond the mountains.
?At The Mountains of Madness? was written by HP Lovecraft in 1931, originally a serialised story published in Astounding Stories magazine in the US.
THIRD IN the run of brand new Eighth Doctor adventures is The Beast of Orlok, which finds the Doctor (Paul McGann) and Lucie Miller (Sheridan Smith) in Germany, where they encounter a creature unlike anything either of them has seen before. Like the previous stories, The Beast of Orlok will be released on CD, but customers who can?t wait until May for that will be able to buy part one on Saturday 4th April – with part two the following week – from the Big Finish website (www.bigfinish.com). Each episode premieres at 6pm.
Writer and director Barnaby Edwards has assembled a fantastic guest cast, including Miriam Margolyes as Frau Tod: ?a no-nonsense landlady who has a sharp tongue and a mean left hook? and Samuel Barnett as her son Hans. ?Nothing can quite prepare you for the extraordinary firecracker of energy, talent, humour, intelligence and generosity that is Miriam Margolyes,? enthuses Edwards. ?I think it took most of us less than half an hour to
progress from initial discombobulation to undying admiration. If I could choose one person to work with for the rest of my life, it would be Miriam. She’s a cosmic phenomenon in human form.?
As for Barnett, ?I cast Sam on the strength of his central performance in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, for which he received both a Tony and Olivier award nomination. I wanted someone young, articulate, witty, intelligent and sincere for the role of Hans. Sam has those qualities in spades.?
As for Edwards? biggest triumph, ?In keeping with the Hollywood Gothic feel of The Beast of Orlok, I wanted to do a full-blown filmic montage in the style of those old Universal Studios horror movies like The Bride of Frankenstein. But it’s a very tricky device to achieve, especially when you don’t have any visuals to help you out: the danger is that it becomes unclear where the various sets of characters are at any one time. I spent days working out the precise pacing and aural scene transitions, and it took a great deal of work in post-production, but I’m delighted with the result.?
The Shadow Over Innsmouth is the fourth in the continuing series of full cast 1930s style radio dramas? of an H P Lovecraft story from the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre. This is exclusively available to order with Shopscifi.co.uk
Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: The Shadow Over Innsmouth is much in the style of The (Orwellian) War of the Worlds adaptation. A with a huge cast of professional actors (bulked by audio contributions from a number of fans around the world doing deep one Croaks), exciting sound effects and thrilling original music by Troy Sterling Nies (composer for The Call of Cthulhu). Discover what fate has in store for you as you delve into this cherished tale of ichthyic horrors.
In addition to the full 77 minute radio drama on CD, there is a bundle of carefully made props relating to the story to enhance your listening experience:
? A clipping from the New York Evening Graphic describing the government raid on Innsmouth
? A genuine matchbook from Innsmouth’s historic Gilman House Hotel
? A souvenir postcard from the Newburyport Historical Society with a picture of their prized Innsmouth tiara. The illustration was created for HPLHS by noted fantasy artist Keith Thompson
? A hand-drawn map of Innsmouth on the wrapping paper of the First National grocery chain. And yes, it really is “scratch-n-sniff”. Ew.
All of this means that the CD case will almost literally be bursting at the seams. As with the other relasese you wil lhave to have a nice safe place to store these extras as with the previous 3 titles you will not be able to figure out how they all fitted.
RRP in the UK is 14.99 – currently only available at Shopscifi.co.uk. Please note they are awaitig stock so it might not ship to customers before Christmas