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Publisher's Summary

"Dealers are undertakers of a sort. When a man dies, the undertaker comes for the body, and the dealer comes for the rest. I deal in dead men's clocks, pipes and swords. Passing through my hands, they give off joy, loneliness, fear...I have known more evil in a set of false teeth than in any so-called haunted house in England."
So speaks Geoff Ashden, a regular guy trying to make an honest living as an antique dealer, but who has an uncanny knack for finding cursed objects and haunted places: a sinister Georgian clock carved with obscene and satanic designs, a hideous doll with deadly powers, a pair of old spectacles that let their wearer see a little too clearly, an ugly house with a terrifying secret, a church full of graffiti scrawled in decomposing human flesh. In this collection, award-winning children's author Robert Westall delivers a set of chilling tales for adults and proves himself, as Orrin Grey writes in the new introduction to this edition, "an obvious successor to that godfather of the English ghost story, M.R. James."
©1989 The Estate of Robert Westall (P)2016 Valancourt Books
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Critic Reviews

"Creepy...develops a sense of palpable evil...well worth the time of readers who prefer slyly civilized British ghost stories." ( Kirkus Reviews)"Fiendishly clever, spine-tingling short fiction" ( Publishers Weekly)"Marvelous M. R. Jamesian-style ghost stories." (Michael Dirda, Washington Post)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 10-22-16

Magnificent collection of ghost stories!

Would you listen to Antique Dust again? Why?

Literary horror. If you enjoy MR James, Sheridan Le Fanu, HP Lovecraft you will enjoy these masterfully crafted stories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Antique Dust?

Thinking the first story was a standard, formulaic story with the "bad guy get's his"!

Any additional comments?

Get it, I've read and/or listened to over a thousand horror/supernatural audiobooks. If you enjoy intelligent, well written horror without being drenched in gore, you won't be disappointed!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Diana on 06-18-17

You can't put it down

This collection of ghost stories has to be one of the most amazing I have ever listened to. Every story a masterpiece in itself and yet you see the passing years of antique dealer Jeff Ashden's life progress recognisably through each.

The narrator's varying tones also depict the story well.

My only complaint is technical. There appears to be overlapping music and voice in the beginning of a few stories. I don't remember which now but it makes listening to the story for that short while quite difficult. Thankfully the score isn't very long - less than a minute - so not a lot is lost.

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3 out of 5 stars
By L on 08-23-17

Could have been great.

Why, oh why do audio book publishers insist on using American narrators for everything?! Don't get me wrong, I like R.C Bray as a narrator and if this was a book set in America or simply a fictional book set in a fictional world I would enjoy listening to it, but it isn't. This book is set in Britain with British characters, surely they could have tracked down a British person to narrate it. Having an American narrator speaking with a thick American accent (with the occasional attempt at a - very bad - British accent) just completely ruined this book for me.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dr. O on 12-04-16

Excellent Ghostly Short Stories!

Where does Antique Dust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Most probably in the top 3. I just loved these stories. I am not easily impressed - especially with modern, ghost/horror (so-called) short stories. Consequently, I can't remember when I was last compelled to write a positive review.

What other book might you compare Antique Dust to, and why?

Very difficult to say. The stories do have a Victorian feel to them and, as a reader/listener of M.R. James, I would say they are somewhat of the same vein (e.g. The Haunted Doll's House). The stories are, however, very original.

Which character – as performed by R.C. Bray – was your favourite?

No favourite - all enjoyable. I do have to say that although R.C. Bray does a fine job, I would have preferred a narrator with an English accent (his American accent is very softened but there are some parts of the narration that calls for more specific English pronunciations and/or regional accents).

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Emotional? Not really - but then I am a bit of an ice-pack. These stories are better than emotional, they are interesting - intellectually and creatively speaking.

Any additional comments?

Commendable work by Robert Westall. I hope he brings out some more anthologies - about antiques and 'ghosties', or 'ghosties' and antiques - whatever your preference Mr Westall.

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