Mary Shelley

BBC Classics: Suspense Collection
  • BBC Classics: Suspense Collection

  • Unabridged readings of four spine-tingling stories

    This suspenseful anthology collects together four gripping tales of gruesome scientific experiments and chilling supernatural events - all read in full by some of the very best voice actors. With over 18 hours of electrifying listening, tracked by chapter, these classic tales will have you on the edge of your seat.

    Frankenstein
    Mary Shelley's Gothic masterpiece about young scientist Victor Frankenstein, whose quest to create new life has horrific consequences... Read by Shaun Mason.

    A Christmas Carol
    Charles Dickens' timeless classic about a bitter old miser who has a Christmas epiphany when he is visited by four spirits. Read by Sean Baker

    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
    Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novella about a doctor who experiments with the duality of human nature - and in doing so creates a monster. Read by Sam Dale.

    The Turn of the Screw
    Henry James' terrifying tale of a governess sent to look after two children in a haunted country house. Read by Sam Dale and Clare Corbett.


    Credits:


    Frankenstein
    Read by Shaun Mason
    Produced by Martha Littlehailes
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 24 August 2019

    A Christmas Carol
    Read by Sean Baker
    Produced by Anne Bunting
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 22 August 2019

    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
    Read by Sam Dale
    Produced by Julian Wilkinson
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 22 August 2019

    The Turn of the Screw
    Read by Sam Dale and Clare Corbett
    Produced by Julian Wilkinson
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 1 November 2019


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    © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Charles Dickens (Author) Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most well-known fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed unprecedented popularity, and by the twentieth century he was widely seen as a literary genius by critics and scholars. His novels and short stories continue to be widely popular. Henry James (Author) Henry James was born on 15th April 1843 in Washington Place, New York to a wealthy and intellectual family and as a youth travelled between Europe and America and studied with tutors in Geneva, London, Paris, Bologna and Bonn. He briefly and unsuccessfully studied law at Harvard but decided he preferred reading and writing fiction to studying law. His first novel, Watch and Ward, was published in 1871 after first appearing serially in Atlantic Monthly. After a brief period in Paris, James moved first to London and then later to Rye in Sussex. He became a British citizen in 1915 to declare his loyalty to his adopted country as well as to protest against America's refusal to enter the war on behalf of Britain. Henry James was a prolific writer and critic and from around 1875 until his death he maintained a strenuous schedule of publications in a variety of genres: novels, short story collections, literary criticism, travel writing, biography and autobiography. He died in 1916.

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