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01Hell Screen By Ryunosuke Akutagawa 1/22007022520200317 (BBC7)
20200318 (BBC7)

When a mighty medieval Japanese Lord clashes with an arrogant painter, tragedy is sparked.

Ryunosuke Akutagawa's chilling horror story read in two-parts by Togo Igawa.

Fantastic Tales is a collection of weird and wonderful stories from around the world.

Tales from Japan, Delhi, Eastern Europe, the Welsh borders and America show how fantasy is at its best when used to explore the preoccupations of everyday life.

Translator: Jay Rubin

Director: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in February 2007.

A mighty medieval Japanese Lord clashes with an arrogant painter to spark tragedy.

Series of stories about magic, horror and fantasy

01Ryunosuke Akutagawa - Hell Screen 1/22007022520200317 (BBC7)
20200318 (BBC7)

A mighty medieval Japanese Lord clashes with an arrogant painter to spark tragedy.

Series of stories about magic, horror and fantasy

02Hell Screen By Ryunosuke Akutagawa 2/22007030420200318 (BBC7)
20200319 (BBC7)

Arrogant painter, Yoshi-hidday, puts his daughter's life in terrible danger.

Ryunosuke Akutagawa's chilling horror story concluded by Togo Igawa.

Fantastic Tales is a collection of weird and wonderful stories from around the world.

Translator: Jay Rubin

Director: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in March 2007.

Medieval Japanese painter Yoshihide puts his daughter's life in terrible danger.

Series of stories about magic, horror and fantasy

02Ryunosuke Akutagawa - Hell Screen 2/22007030420200318 (BBC7)
20200319 (BBC7)

Medieval Japanese painter Yoshihide puts his daughter's life in terrible danger.

Series of stories about magic, horror and fantasy

03Alarm Clock On The Night Table By Zoran Zivkovic2007031120200319 (BBC7)
20200320 (BBC7)

An unusual chain of events forces an elderly woman to confront a tragedy from her past.

Zoran Zivkovic gripping story is read by Anna Massey.

Fantastic Tales is a collection of weird and wonderful stories from around the world.

Translated from the Serbian by Alice Copple-Tosic.

Director: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in March 2007.

A chain of events forces an elderly woman to confront a tragedy from her past.

Series of stories about magic, horror and fantasy

03Zoran Zivkovic - Alarm Clock On The Night Table2007031120200319 (BBC7)
20200320 (BBC7)

A chain of events forces an elderly woman to confront a tragedy from her past.

Series of stories about magic, horror and fantasy

04Arthur Machen - The White People2007031820200320 (BBC7)
20200321 (BBC7)

Exploring the nature of good and evil - and sin's origins - via a teenager's diary. Read by Ioan Meredith and Louise Collins.

FANTASTIC TALES

A season of five tales from around the world exploring the weird and the wonderful.

The featured stories provide insights into the different literary traditions of the selected countries and also show how fantasy is at its best when used to explore the preoccupations of everyday life.

The season takes us to Japan, Delhi, Eastern Europe, the Welsh borders and America, profiling new, classic and cult authors.

Third in the season is "The White People" by Arthur Machen

Transmission details: 18th March at 1830 (repeated at midnight-thirty)

The nature of good and evil and the origins of sin are explored in this intriguing story.

Two learned gentlemen are in the middle of a heated theological debate. One poses the controversial theory that someone can be a great sinner without actually committing a sin. The other demands evidence of how this can be the case. His opponent produces a diary written by a teenage girl that he claims will provide irrefutable proof. The young girl now picks up the story. In a sequence of diary entries, she tells of her relationship with "the white people" who she goes to meet in the local forest. It is never completely revealed who these people are. With each encounter, she is given tantalising clues on how to reclaim Paradise. She is on the point of making a dramatic discovery when her account comes to an abrupt end. It is left to the now owner of the diary to bring her story to its chilling conclusion.

A contemporary of Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Machen was a leading Welsh author of the late 19th Century. He is cited by many contemporary writers as a major influence. His love for the Gwent landscape and its associations with Celtic and Roman history lies at the heart of his work.

(Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins)

Series of stories about magic, horror and fantasy

04The White People By Arthur Machen2007031820200320 (BBC7)
20200321 (BBC7)

The nature of good and evil and the origins of sin are explored as two learned gentlemen hold a heated theological debate...

Arthur Machen's intriguing tale read by Ioan Meredith and Louise Collins.

Fantastic Tales is a collection of weird and wonderful stories from around the world.

Director: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in March 2007.

Exploring the nature of good and evil - and sin's origins - via a teenager's diary.

Series of stories about magic, horror and fantasy

05Delhi By Vandana Singh2007032520200323 (BBC7)
20200324 (BBC7)

A man living in present-day Delhi is haunted by visions of the city as it was in the past - and how it will be in the future...

Vandana Singh’s story is read by Shiv Grewal.

Fantastic Tales is a collection of weird and wonderful stories from around the world.

Director: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in March 2007.

A man living in present-day Delhi is haunted by visions of the city's past and future.

Series of stories about magic, horror and fantasy

06The Silken-swift By Theodore Sturgeon2007040120200324 (BBC7)
20200325 (BBC7)

A man is caught between a good witch and a wicked witch, but a unicorn holds the key to true happiness...

Written in 1953, Theodore Sturgeon's intense fantasy is read by Mark Bonnar.

Fantastic Tales is a collection of weird and wonderful stories from around the world.

Director: Gemma Jenkins

Made for BBC Radio 7 and first broadcast in April 2007.

A unicorn holds the key to happiness in this fantasy of true love and complex desire.

Series of stories about magic, horror and fantasy