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  • The Other Passenger

  • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
  • By: John Keir Cross
  • Narrated by: Kim Durham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Summary

As a scriptwriter for the BBC, John Keir Cross (1914-1967) adapted classic horror tales by masters like M. R. James, Bram Stoker, and Ambrose Bierce into chilling radio programs. And with the 18 stories in his collection The Other Passenger (1944), Keir Cross demonstrates that he deserves a place alongside those authors as a writer of highly original and effective macabre tales.

With a wide range of themes and styles, ranging from traditional ghost stories to contes cruels, black humor, tales of dark fantasy and surreal nightmare, and perhaps the best story about a ventriloquist and his dummy ever written, there are stories here to suit the tastes of any connoisseur of horror and weird fiction.

“It offers an original twist of horror that will leave its mark.” (Saturday Review)

“Among the annals of weird fiction one of the most sought after volumes.” (Michael Ashley, Who’s Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction)

“Sustained atmosphere, versatile forms and dramatic effects...the unusual ending is generally a surprise.... [H]aunting.” (Kirkus Reviews)

©1944 John Keir Cross (P)2018 Valancourt Books LLC

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Good stories, ruined by bad accent work

I really wish audiobook producers would check whether narrators can do accents before hiring them. This would have been a very good audiobook but for the atrocious mangling of various Scots accents by the narrator. Why on Earth, when you’re recording a book where the stories are mostly set in Scotland, would you not at least check the narrator can do a passable one? This sounded like someone making fun of people. Disappointing.

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