Antique Dust

  • by Robert Westall
  • Narrated by R.C. Bray
  • 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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."

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Chris

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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-20-2016
  • Publisher: Valancourt Books, LLC