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Blood on Satan's Claw

An Audible Original Drama
Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (1,036 ratings)

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Summary

Gold Winner for Best Drama Special at the 2018 New York Festivals® International Radio Awards.

Seventeenth-century England, and a plough uncovers a grisly skull in the furrows of a farmer's field. The skull disappears, but its malefic influence begins to work in insidious ways upon the nearby village of Hexbridge. First, the cows stop milking and the fruit turns rotten on the trees. Then, an insolent ungodliness takes hold of the local children, mysterious fur patches appear on limbs and people start disappearing.... 

Something evil is stirring in the woods. Something that is corrupting the village youth, who retreat to the woodland deeps to play their pernicious games. Hysteria spreads as it becomes clear that the devil has come to Hexbridge, to incarnate himself on earth. Can the villagers, led by the Squire Middleton (Mark Gatiss) and Reverend Fallowfield (Reece Shearsmith), prevent the devil gaining human form? 

This digital audio exclusive stars Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith, alongside the original film's Angel Blake, Linda Hayden. Gatiss and Shearsmith are both huge fans of the original film, even recording a commentary for the DVD release. 

An Audible Original drama adapted from the original screenplay by horror writer Mark Morris, Blood on Satan's Claw stars Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Doctor Who, The League of Gentlemen), Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen), Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge), John Heffernan (Ripper Street, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell), Ralph Ineson (The Witch, The Office), Thomas Turgoose (This Is England), Rebecca Ryan (Shameless) and Philip Hill-Pearson (Good Cop). 

©1971 Tigon Pictures Ltd (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critic reviews

"What marks out Blood On Satan’s Claw as a truly credible piece of audio drama is the atmospheric yet unintrusive score by Edwin Sykes and the evocative sound design by Simon Robinson, which transplants you straight into this bucolic, sinister environment from the first crowing of birds as they wheel in the evening sky as something inhuman is unearthed by the farmer’s plough." ( We Are Cult)
"The story is a rare example of diving headlong into the action done right. It spends little time establishing the status quo prior to its disruption, but instead gives a general impression of what it might have been prior to the supernatural horrors which stalk the land. While in many cases this could have been abrupt, the audio drama uses a strong cast and a building sense of dread to hook the listener very early on ... The excellent sound design and voice acting is really what helps to convey the story’s atmospheric strength, and the script knows when to let them take the heavy lifting when it comes to drama. Between this and the excellent sound effects, it manages to outshine its source material in moments of true terror ... It’s easily one of the best adaptations Audible Studios have made to date, and a must-buy for any fan of quintessentially English horror." ( Starburst)
"If you're a fan of classic horror, then The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith have a treat in store for you." ( Digital Spy)
"Heartily recommended for a long cold winter's night. 9/10." (Paul Simpson, SFB)

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Folk Horror at it's best. A stellar adaptation.

What an absolute treat. Superbly written, acted and produced with imaginative use of audio effects. Bafflegab Productions are now on my radar permanently. Hard to believe something of this standard was crowd funded. Hopelly they will start turning a profit. Looking forward to owning a CD copy in June Highly recommended.

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Good idea

Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by the narrators?

No I would not try another book by this writer. I had not realized it was a drams. At times it was good, at others it was very disappointing and frankly quit rubbish

Has Blood on Satan's Claw put you off other books in this genre?

No I like this genre in general, just not this one

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

No narrator, it's all actors' voices.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blood on Satan's Claw?

Most of them

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Not clawing for more.

I had high hopes but this audiobook is terrible not terrifying. The delivery is so juvenile and amateur it was actually embarrassing to listen to, I gave up and turned off an hour from the end. That's all I need say!

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Okay for a time filler...

Picked this up for a short time filler. I was left feeling as though it could have been so much better. The general outline of the story is intriguing, but I found the performance to be a little confusing, with it sometimes difficult to differentiate between the main characters. The storyline itself was a little weak, though Audible do a good job of adding the ' bells and whistles' background audio, which helps set the scene. All in all, quite disappointing.

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A Toe-Curling Screamer!

Deliciously creepy, spooky sound effects and at times some high quality screaming. Engaging acting, devil worship and mysterious events. Audible have packed it all and more into a two and half hour speeding bullet of a traditional horror story.

Once again they have assembled a high quality cast to ensure that the acting is of a very high standard. The production values are rich and the sound quality gives a deliciously creepy atmosphere.

If an interlude of good old-fashioned bloody horror appeals to you then just turn the lights off, sit back and spend your time with Blood on Satan's Claw.

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An audible treasure.

A wonderful, if short, beautifully portrayed horror More please Audible. An indulgent joy. Thoroughly pleasing by expert actors narrators and storytellers. I love straight audioboooks / renditions. But I also love audio plays / dramas / movies with a full cast and sound effects. With audible radio dramas are Not a lost art but vibrant and very much alive.

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very boring

couldn't fully get behind the story. acting seemed over the top and misdirected. none of the characters build to know or feel anything for with an ending that's as unscary as the start.

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Missed potential, but fit for entertainment.

The overall story would've had potential for more. I almost stopped listening after the first 30 minutes, but the story ended up fine and gained traction with time. It's quite predictable and naive, with awful and cliché sound effects that take away from the experience. Thankfully the voice actors are quite good, but some characters have way too similar voices and styles. Sound effects, names and the predictability make the story seem childish and made me furrow my brows more than once. Despite all this, I would recommend it for an easy listen, but would definitely warn that it's not a masterpiece.

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sounds great

i really enjoyed the sound effects and characters voices but i felt that the story line was weak especially the end.

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Lots of screaming...

I absolutely love Mark Gatiss so when I read he was in this adaption I bought it. As other reviewers have said it really is like a Hammer production (the film scared me no end when I was a child in the 70's). The music, sound effects, drama etc were good but the story itself was rather mediocre. I'm not faulting it exactly just that it didn't grab me or chill me to the bone but it did fill an hour or two while I was doing mundane housework.

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  • Stevo
  • 16-02-18

Satanic Horror at it's best!

This audio adaptation of Blood on Satan's Claw is as enjoyable to listen to as the film was to watch. This is a creepy tale that begins in the furrows of a ploughed field and leads to demonic possession of school children in a rural 17th Century English village, with plenty of supernatural happenings along the way. The acting and sound production are top notch and Blood on Satan's Claw is probably best listened to with the lights on, as this is a story dripping with a creepy macabre atmosphere.

This is an audio drama and not a narrated audiobook but the performances from the whole cast are superb and they bring this good old fashioned horror tale to life in this well produced 'Audible Original' dramatisation.

Blood on Satan's Claw is highly recommended for anyone who likes a scary horror story at bedtime.

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  • Squiggs
  • 16-01-18

It was great but

This was a wonderful story. The different characters and sound effects it was perfect. If I had any complaints it would be the bit of confusion I had without the narrative like where they were, at times I wondered who was speaking. Nonetheless I loved it. It was great I just wish it were longer.

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  • Admiralu
  • 04-12-18

Blood on Satan’s Claw Indeed

This was a fantastic audio drama of a classic horror story. The cast was fantastic and the production was outstanding. A first rate effort all around. Filled with music, sound effects but no narration, this eerie story progressed to a shocking climax. I was not familiar with this work before. Mark Gatiss led a stellar cast.

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  • Ian
  • 23-01-18

Almost great

The Northern English Accent gives it a great feel. The quality of production top notch. There was suspense but could have been really horrifying if the identity of the evil was kept a mystery longer.

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  • Luke
  • 25-09-20

A decent production of a puritanical mess

Maybe I was just in the wrong mood for this fundamentalist proto MRA business about lying, sexy, devil-women making false rape accusations against innocent, heroic clergymen. I like horror stuff and demon stuff, but this is so exactly what actual people actually believed during the Satanic Panic, or Qanon as it is known today, that I felt too grossed out by the moralism to enjoy the ritual murder. Remember, kids, Satan is not real and can't hurt you! But the church is real, and it can. The church has a much stronger record of organized abuse than Satan has ever had.

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  • Gavin Lees
  • 31-12-18

The League of Gentlemen go full horror

I had been a fan of the movie for some years (a great example of the folk horror genre) and knew that it had been an influence on the League of Gentlemen team -- they even did a commentary for the recent Blu-Ray re-release. Having them now partake in a reimagined audio version is a sheer joy! The entire cast is phenomenal (including Linda Hayden from the original film) and deliver excellent performances. The story itself adheres closely to the original, but places (understandably) more emphasis on the dialogue between characters. As such, there are some great new lines ("Do you like my crown? It's made of things that grow!") and the horror placed in the realm of the imagination, rather than wonky 1970s special effects. This is highly recommended to fans of the League, or of horror in general. In the wake of a folk horror renaissance, it's nice to have this reminder of its roots.

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  • Sandi
  • 21-10-20

Old Time Radio Production

Great voices in an 1800s setting. Good Vs evil, well sort of. Not frightening to me but probably a good young adult story.

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  • Chantal Noordeloos
  • 16-09-20

Fun little story

The cast really brought this to life. The story was decent, nothing too special, but the performance was what made it really interesting.

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  • Angel Flukes
  • 07-09-20

Short and scary

The characters are very well executed and acted and the story is very well written, set in older times but still I found it quite scary. Really enjoyed it!

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  • Louise T.
  • 14-10-19

Ushers in a spooky Halloween season

As a fan of the movie from the 70's, I was interested in what the audible adaptation would sound like. Additionally, as a fan of Mark Gatiss, I was intrigued. It was fantastic, far better than expected. In fact, I listened to it alone and loved it so much that I listened to it again with my husband every night as a creepy bedtime story.