A spirit pleads to be laid to rest... An ancient head starts to speak... An immortal stalks the corridors of power...
The Hauntings of Elgin Barrett revives the glorious tradition of fireside storytelling at its scariest. These strange, suspenseful, unsettling tales bring to mind M.R James and Robert Aickman, as they tread a fine line between dread and paranoia.
They present a cast of vengeful spirits and desperate souls, reincarnates and revenants, evil forces and murderous cults, who infest the streets and homes, the schools and hospitals, the pubs and farms of modern Britain.
Leavened with a dark humour, the stories are all immaculately constructed, each one building towards a gripping conclusion, with a twist in every tail. They are told as a dramatic monologues and have been recorded by a team of top radio actors, including Glen McCready, Wayne Forester and DeNica Fairman.
The settings for the nine stories of the first season ranged from an abandoned Welsh hill farm to a Sheffield building site, from a converted pub in London’s East End to the courtyard of a Cambridge college. The series was nominated for both Outstanding Horror/Thriller and Best Ensemble Cast at this year’s New Jersey Web Fest.
The new season began on 28th September with Mrs Gooley’s Guests, the spine-chilling tale of a naive American, a sinister English fashionista and her very unpleasant dog. The second story, The Safe House, takes us to a derelict building in South Wales where three young lads face the ultimate test of nerve.
The stories are released every second Tuesday with the most recent, A Gift For Halloween, out on October 26th. It’s a tale of possession, undying love and the terror of what lies beyond.
The stories are available on Apple, Spotify, Google and all the usual podcast apps.
Even though you’ve drawn the curtains, you never know whose face is pressed up against the window…