Thirteen

  • by Scott Harrison, Dan Abnett, Cavan Scott, Kim Newman, Kaaron Warren, George Mann, Simon Clark
  • Narrated by Gemma Arterton, Lalla Ward, Frances Barber, Barnaby Edwards, Samuel West, Greg Wise, Arthur Darvill
  • 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2014 AUDIE award for Best Original Work
In early 20th Century England Hamilton James Macaulay relates the tale of how he found himself in a Scarborough Bric-a-brac shop. The owner of the shop has 13 long playing records that each contain a hidden track at the end, that tell strange tales of future times. These 13 tales of terror will change Hamilton James Macaulay's life forever and he will leave the shop a murderer.
Thirteen is a portmantaeu audio anthology, harking back to the classic horror albums of the 1970s.
Written by Scott Harrison, George Mann, Mark Morris, Kaaron Warren, Martin Day, Gary McMahon, Cavan Scott, Dan Abnett, Alasdair Stuart, Kim Newman, Mark Wright, Simon Clark and Johnny Mains.
Stories read by Barnaby Edwards, Greg Wise, Jilly Bond, Trevor White, Arthur Darvill, Stephen Rashbrook, Michael Maloney, John Banks, Frances Barber, Lalla Ward, Samuel West, Gemma Arterton, Jeff Harding and Steven Cree.

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What the Critics Say

"A great collection of supernatural tales - those who like their spines chilled will be very pleased. 9/10" (Starburst Magazine)
"A deliciously dark collation. 8/10" (SciFiBulletin)
"The structure of the framing narrative calls to mind an audio version of the portmanteau films of Amicus studios. If you're a fan of classic, spine tingling horror then that should be reason enough to listen to Thirteen." (GeekPlanetOnline)
"Nicely assembled...not a bad story or bad vocal performance amongst them. 3.5/5" (SFX Magazine)

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Gramaphone 78s spin some chills

I loved the concept of this book. That is why I picked it up. Thirteen tales of horror linked by the frame story of a man who goes into a bric-a-brac shop. There he encounters the mysterious proprietor with his collection of thirteen 78 records, each containing a hidden track.

The book plays out as the store owner plays each of the oldies but chillys.

Overall, I found the stories satisying. Some stories hit me more than oathers. That is always the case with an anthology. There is a tale of a dead mother who sends letters from beyond the grave. Another has a jealous boyfriend tracking a rival to a salon, but the stray hairs in his girlfriend's sheets can't be solved with a trim on the top. Schoolboys are stranded in an underground maze. Then there is the mystery of the records. Where did they come from? What are these hidden tracks?

The production was excellent with some great Gramaphone SFX and incidental music. The readers were top-notch, with some Doctor Who alumni doing readings.

A really unique read. Concept very cool. Wish I could find another like this.
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- true britty "just one more book lover"

love it

will have to let my friends know about it, hope one day there will be a movie
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- Pierre-Yves Paul "live long"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-22-2013
  • Publisher: Spokenworld Audio/Ladbroke Audio Ltd