Weird Tales

Introduced by the mysterious H.P. Lovecraft, Weird Tales is a series of three chilling and intimate plays for the late night slot on Radio 4.

Drawing the audience into a claustrophobic and disturbing world, the plays set out to explore the characters' deepest fears and torments. The series will concentrate on the psychological element of the horror genre stirring the imagination of the listener.

One hundred years ago, H.P. Lovecraft created The Necronomicon, a grimoire of lost souls, magical rites and forbidden lore. Locked away, he is after new stories, new blood, to add to his collection. From ghosts to demons, the plays draw the audience into a claustrophobic and disturbing world, exploring the audience's deepest fears and neuroses.

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By Melissa Murray.

When Martha discovers her sister Grace has been trying past-life regression to break a cycle of abusive relationships, she decides it is time for them to return to a place from their past.

Travelling to Cornwall, they are forced to confront demons.

But which sister needs to be free and what will it cost?

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    lovecraft tells of two sisters confronting childhood demons in cornwall.

    Melissa Murray's tale stars elizabeth berrington

    stars elizabeth berrington and jonathan tafler

    lovecraft tells of two sisters confronting childhood demons in cornwall. stars elizabeth berrington and jonathan tafler

    by Melissa Murray. lovecraft tells of two sisters confronting childhood demons in cornwall

    by Melissa Murray. lovecraft tells of two sisters confronting childhood demons in cornwall. stars Elizabeth Berrington and Jonathan Tafler

  • grace....naomi frederick
  • lovecraft....Stephen Hogan
  • martha....Elizabeth Berrington
  • therapist....caroline guthrie
  • tom....ed gaughan

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    It is 1906 and workers on the new London underground network unearth some mysterious remains.

    A young archaeologist investigates and discovers that there are some mysteries better left undisturbed.

    an archaeologist investigates and discovers there are some mysteries better left undisturbed.

    starring Geoffrey Streatfeild.

    a young professor is called in to investigate when some mysterious remains are unearthed

    By Chris Harrald. An archaeologist investigates and discovers there are some mysteries better left undisturbed. Starring Geoffrey Streatfeild.

    An archaeologist investigates and discovers there are some mysteries better left undisturbed. Starring Geoffrey Streatfeild

    By Chris Harrald. An archaeologist learns that some mysteries are better left undisturbed.

    By Chris Harrald. An archaeologist investigates and discovers that there are some mysteries better left undisturbed. Starring Geoffrey Streatfeild.

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    Trainee surgeon Andy is left with a recurring nightmare after being involved in a car crash which killed his friend.

    The flashbacks give him problems in the operating theatre, and, when his dreams start changing, Andy can no longer be sure what is fantasy and what really happened.

  • alice....Lizzy Watts
  • andy....Joseph Kloska
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    by ed hime.

    a trainee surgeon follows a destructive path as he is haunted by a fatal car crash and an 'inside out' man.

    stars joseph kloska.

    a trainee surgeon follows a destructive path as he is haunted by a fatal car crash

    a trainee surgeon follows a destructive path as he is haunted by a fatal car crash and an 'inside out' man. stars joseph kloska

    by ed hime. a trainee surgeon follows a destructive path, haunted by a fatal car crash.

    by ed hime. a trainee surgeon follows a destructive path as he is haunted by a fatal car crash and an 'inside out' man. stars Joseph Kloska

  • directed by Jessica Dromgoole
  • dr larson....Jonathan Tafler
  • inside out man....Ewan Bailey
  • lovecraft....Stephen Hogan
  • richard....benjamin askew

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    Lonely, middle-aged computer programmer Alan knows everything there is to know about flies.

    Then one day, online, he meets Amber, a Californian lady who knows everything there is to know about spiders.

  • alan....alec newman
  • amber....rachel ogilvy
  • colby....Stephen Hogan
  • directed by - luke fresle

    a lonely man with a huge knowledge of flies meets a california lady online

    by Lynn Ferguson.

    a lonely man with a huge knowledge of flies meets a california lady online - who knows all about spiders.

    stars alec newman

  • lovecraft....Stephen Hogan
  • mother....Stella Gonet
  • other parts played by caroline guthrie, Janice Acquah and Paul Rider

    stars alec newman

    by Lynn Ferguson. a lonely man with a huge knowledge of flies meets a california lady online, who knows all about spiders. stars alec newman

    a lonely man with a huge knowledge of flies meets a california lady online, who knows all about spiders. stars alec newman

    by Lynn Ferguson. a lonely man with a huge knowledge of flies meets a california lady.

    by Lynn Ferguson. a lonely man with a huge knowledge of flies meets a california lady who knows all about spiders. stars alec newman

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    When her brother-in-law is killed in a car crash, Steph is overcome with sadness. One day, feeling maudlin, she rings his mobile number. She just wants to hear his voice really. The next day he rings her back...

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    By Lynn Ferguson. Angry misanthrope Frank meets Gwen, who tells of a Celtic goddess.

    Hoarder of horror Lovecraft returns to share three more chilling tales.

    By Lynn Ferguson. Frank Ivory is full of anger: burning, simmering, steaming anger. On his way home one night, after making his colleagues lives a misery, he meets Gwen, who is determined to tell him the story of the Morrigan, the Celtic goddess in charge of who should live and who should die.

    Frank....Derek Riddell

    Gwen....Rachel Ogilvy

    Lovecraft....Stephen Hogan

    Louise....Emma Stansfield

    Bill....Rhys Jennings

    Barbara/Delivery Woman....Tessa Nicholson

    George....Ewan Hooper

    William Perkins/Homeless Guy....Piers Wehner

    Directed by Luke Fresle.

    Angry misanthrope Frank meets Gwen, who tells of a Celtic goddess.

    Angry misanthrope Frank meets Gwen, who tells of a Celtic goddess able to decide who lives or dies. Stars Derek Riddell.

    By Lynn Ferguson.

    Frank Ivory is full of anger: burning, simmering, steaming anger.

    On his way home one night, after making his colleagues lives a misery, he meets Gwen, who is determined to tell him the story of the Morrigan, the Celtic goddess in charge of who should live and who should die.

    Angry Frank Ivory meets Gwen, who tells him the story of the Morrigan.

    Angry misanthrope Frank meets Gwen who tells of a Celtic goddess able to decide who lives - or dies.

    Stars Derek Riddell.

    By Lynn Ferguson. Angry misanthrope Frank meets Gwen who tells of a Celtic goddess able to decide who lives - or dies. Stars Derek Riddell.

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    The Williams family can't settle in their new home - is it trying to tell them something?

    The downsizing Williams family can't settle in their new home - is it trying to tell them something? Stars Jamie Glover.

    By Richard Vincent. Scratching in the walls, under the floorboards, in the pipes: their new home is trying to tell the Williams family something and they won't be given a moment's peace until its secret is out in the open.

    Geoff Williams....Jamie Glover

    Jane Williams....Julia Ford

    Sarah Williams....Agnes Dromgoole

    Martin Crabtree....John Biggins

    DCI Cram....Piers Wehner

    Psychiatrist....Melissa Advani

    Lovecraft....Stephen Hogan

    Directed by Gemma Jenkins.

    The downsizing Williams family can't settle in their new home.

    By Richard Vincent.

    Scratching in the walls, under the floorboards, in the pipes: their new home is trying to tell the Williams family something and they won't be given a moment's peace until its secret is out in the open.

    Their new home is trying to tell the Williams family something.

    By The House on Pale Avenue.

    By Richard Vincent. Is the Williams family's new home trying to tell them something?

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    By Lizzie Nunnery. Victoria can't sleep at night. Then bad dreams haunt her waking hours.

    by Lizzie Nunnery

    The pressure's getting too much for clever clogs Victoria. She can't sleep at night. She has nightmares. But it's okay because they're just bad dreams. Until one day the dreams become real.

    Eddie Marsan stars in the final terrifying episode from a series of chilling plays for winter nights.

    Cast

    Dad... Eddie Marsan

    Victoria... Katie Angelou

    Laura... Georgia Groome

    Mum... Sally Orrock

    Jane... Francine Chamberlain

    Produced by Helen Perry

    The Writer

    Lizzie is a talented young playwright whose new play THE SWALLOWING DARK was a finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2010. She was one of the writers of the critically acclaimed UNPROTECTED, which was awarded the Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Expression. Lizzie has also had numerous radio plays broadcast including PRINTS: POSTCARDS FROM A CATACLYSM, THE SINGER, TINY CHAOS,DEATH IN UPPER DUKE STREET and an adaptation of a Dick Clement and Ian le Frenais script for Radio 4's DECADES season. She is currently under commission with the Druid Theatre and is Writer in Residence at Liverpool Hope University.

    Clever-clogs Victoria can't sleep at night. Then bad dreams haunt her waking hours.

    Under too much pressure, clever-clogs Victoria can't sleep at night. Then bad dreams haunt her waking hours. Stars Eddie Marsan.

    The pressure's getting too much for clever clogs Victoria. She can't sleep at night. She has nightmares. But it's okay because they're just bad dreams. Until one day the dreams become real. Eddie Marsan stars in the final terrifying episode from a series of chilling plays for winter nights.