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, took us to a derelict building in South Wales where three young lads faced the ultimate test of nerve. The third tale, A Gift For Halloween, was a story of possession, undying love and the terror of what lies beyond.
The stories are released every second Tuesday with the most recent, The Barred Iron Gate, out on November 9th. It’s an account of the terrifying and tragic demise of a young medical student who celebrates the end of his exams by going off in search of “the real world”. It is a journey from which he never returns.
The stories are all still available on Apple, Spotify, Google and all the usual podcast apps. Links can be found in the Season One and Season Two pages of this website.
Even though you’ve drawn the curtains, you never know whose face is pressed up against the window…