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The 13 Days of Spinechillers - Day 11 - Casting the Runes by M.R. James

Alexander Finbow - Friday, January 21, 2011
Now with added clips!

We're kicking and screaming our way into Day 11 as The 13 Days of Spinechillers heads to its inevitable explosive conclusion.

Along the way we've been working alongside our web designer, Phil, to make more of the web platform our site is built on. Despite the stupid rule Adobe has in place on limiting download file sizes to 100 mbs, we've been figuring out great ways to make our site more friendly and to give it more desirable features.

The entire site is searchable now, and today we have added an audio clip to each Spinechiller story so you can hear a minute or more of Doug Bradley, Robert Englund and Jeff Combs reading their favourite classic horror stories before adding them to your shopping cart.

Today's tale of tremendous terror is brought to you by that author of many of the best loved stories in the genre, England's master of the macabre M.R. James. His story is Casting The Runes.

James sets us up with a horror tale that is also a great edge of the seat thriller as our heroes strive to thwart the murderous intentions of a practitioner of the dark arts. This arcane user uses his knowledge to kill any who oppose him without being anywhere near the scene of the crime and those grisly murders. With one of them targeted as his next victim, its a race against the clock with dire consequences for failure.

Originally written in 1911, Casting The Runes was adapted in 1957 as the movie Curse of the Demon, a good horror film in its own right.

Doug Bradley guides us through the foreboding streets of London with his inbuilt guarantee of a note perfect performance, accompanied by an atmospheric score from Alistair Lock.

Part 1 is 23 minutes long and is stalking you from here. The concluding Part 2 is 33 minutes long and is ready to pounce here.

There are clips from each each story to listen to now, so you can hear Doug's reassuring voice instantly.

The audiobook is a high quality 320kbps MP3 file which includes the cover artwork by Dan Woods. We recorded at the Audio Workshop in London. Joseph Degnan was the recording engineer. This audiobook will open just fine in itunes, windows media player or any other type of MP3 player you prefer to use.

We hope you enjoy this audiobook. Drop in tomorrow for the penultimate day of The 13 Days of Spinechillers when we'll release a recently discovered new story by a master of classic horror for your listening pleasure.