The Ghost Stories of E F Benson, read by Richard Crowest
By Richard Crowest
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An occasional series of readings of ghost stories by a writer now better known for his social satire. Introduce and read by Richard Crowest
||CleanMachaon||“At that moment the memory of the séance the evening before, about which up till now I had somehow felt distrustful and suspicious, passed into the realm of sober fact…”||12/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dance||“Soft as the fall of a single snow-flake, fear settled on his heart…”||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpinach||“Find it and have it buried, and then I shall be free from its dreadful presence.”||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“And No Bird Sings”||“The only live thing that lurked here was that monstrous, mysterious creature of evil.”||12/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Bus Conductor||“Just room for one inside, sir…”||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMonkeys||“A-pen-ara curses any who desecrates or meddles with her bones…”||10/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Room in the Tower||“Jack will show you your room. I have given you… the room in the tower…”||8/1/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBetween the Lights||“In the paralysis of that fear I tried to scream, but not a sound could I utter.”||12/23/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAt the Farmhouse||“The thing seemed scarcely human at all; it was a monster from which he had delivered himself...”||10/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Face||“A dream hasn’t anything real about it, has it? It doesn’t mean anything?”||10/8/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCaterpillars||“I think that before I opened the pill-box I expected something of the sort which I found in it.”||5/29/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Other Bed||“I knew I was not alone in the room. There was something there, something silent as yet, and as yet invisible. But it was there.”||12/23/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNegotium Perambulans (live)||Recorded in front of an audience at E F Benson’s home, Lamb House in Rye.||10/31/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNegotium Perambulans||“One of the things invisible, of the dark powers, leaped into light, and I saw it with my eyes…”||10/31/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Man Who Went Too Far||“I can't go back now. I wouldn't if I could; not a step would I retrace…”||10/10/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Cat||It is not only the dead who haunt the living.||8/16/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“And the Dead Spake...”||"Surely this is the strangest manner of song ever yet heard on the earth, this melody from the brain of the dead..."||5/25/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNaboth's Vineyard||Something has come in to the house. Come in out of the rain...||12/18/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
Wonderful Reading of Little Known Ghost Stories
I have enjoyed E.F. Benson's Mapp and Lucia stories for some time but somehow the fact that he wrote ghost stories escaped me. These stories are genuinely creepy and Naboth's Vineyard is one that I still think about from time to time. Richard Crowest's reading is really wonderful as anyone can attest who has heard his narration at The Chronicles of Clovis podcast. I discovered his narration here first and these ghost stories are a wonderful vehicle to display his talent. Highly recommended.
Erudite and Chilling
E F Benson, most deservedly known for his acidic and delightful Mapp and Lucia novels was also a master of macabre and chilling tales, ghostly and otherwise.
Richard Crowest, already known for his deliciously faithful readings of the divine and dreadful Saki's stories does us all another great service with his Benson readings.
Do yourself a favour and listen, whether on the way to work or school, the gym or the grocery, and be slowly achingly taken in by something so much more frightening than the schlock that passes for horror these days on the big screen or TV...
I myself can't wait for more, especially the reading of Negotium Perambulans! Bravo!
great reader, good stories.