Thursday, 25 October 2018

Pan-tastic!

Three volumes of The Pan Book of Horror Stories
Here's one to delight anyone who likes something spooky at this time of year (and if you don't, October is really not the month to be reading this blog because I love it): all next week – from Monday 29 October – BBC Radio 4 is going to be broadcasting stories from The Second Pan Book Of Horror Stories in its 15-Minute Drama slot at 10:45 am, repeated 7:45pm. There's also an omnibus of all five on Radio 4 Extra the following Saturday at 1pm.


While the later volumes of the Pan Book Of Horror Stories weren't always of the highest quality, the early ones were brilliant. The adaptations include a couple of absolute classics, Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Black Cat' and Bram Stoker's 'The Judge's House'. Mr Robot and I have most of them stashed away at home.

Talking Pictures TV, meanwhile, is really pulling out the stops with its 'Mildly Terrifying [surely an oxymoron?] Wednesday', kicking off with Ghosts on the Loose starring Bela Lugosi and Ava Gardner, moving through the likes of Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire and Monster from Green Hell, and carrying on into the early hours of the following morning.


10 comments :

  1. I've got those books! I'm not a fan of horror (sorry!) but couldn't resist the covers. xxx

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    1. Old paperbacks have the best covers, don't they?

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  2. Those volumes wouldn't go amiss in my vintage paperback collection. Do you have them all, Mim? xxx

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    1. Most of them - we might be missing half a dozen. I should probably note which ones on my phone and look out for the rest.

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  3. I built a full set of these up over many years , then during the year of destitution they had to be sold ...very surprised they made far more than i had ever paid for them

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    1. Pete's talked about getting rid of ours but I have vetoed it!

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  4. Bwa ha haaaaa!
    I love Halloween!
    I wonder if I can get BBC radio 4 up here?

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    1. You should be able to get it on the internet, Bibi.

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    2. I reckon you can get the World Service but that'll be it... no idea if you could get it via the Internet; I can but I think it checks your IP to make sure you're in the UK.

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  5. Not sure if I posted my comment or forgot to press 'publish'. If it's a duplicate feel free to delete it!

    I remember these Pan Horror short story paperbacks so well! We used to fight over them at school those lucky of us to own some used to swap them. Mind you, that was a long time ago...

    Hope you have a great week.

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