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Summary

Mark Gatiss stars as sinister raconteur, the Man in Black, in these 20 terrifying full-cast radio dramas.

The Man in Black is waiting to make your acquaintance. Maybe you’ll meet him on a bus, in the supermarket or at an airport luggage carousel. Perhaps he’ll peer into your baby’s pram or approach you in the corridor of a care home. Wherever you encounter him, he's eager to pass on his stories. Stories of darkness and death, myth and madness. Stories to unsettle and horrify.

Two lads on a council estate stumble onto a world where time has stopped. Something evil stalks stranded soldiers in Afghanistan. A retired accountant gets out of his depth on the Net. An ex-alcoholic is on the run from more than just his AA buddy. These tales and many more will haunt you long after the Man in Black has departed.

Included are: 

  • 'The Tower' by Mike Walker 
  • 'Project Purple' by Richard Vincent 
  • 'The White Hare' by Lucy Gough 
  • 'Hide and Seek' by Mike Cary 
  • 'Bomber’s Moon' by Lucy Kirkwood
  • 'Phish Phood' by Kim Newman
  • 'Death Us Do Part' by Mike Bartlett
  • 'Flesh' by Tom Morton-Smith
  • 'Angels in Disguise' by Nicola Jones
  • 'The Old Road' by Penelope Skinner
  • 'Connect' by Lucy Moore
  • 'The Printed Name' by Nicholas Pierpan
  • 'Lights Out' by Christopher Golden and Amber Benson
  • 'Uncle William’s House' by Alison Falconer
  • 'Perfect Home' by Nick Warburton
  • 'Containment' by David Lemon
  • 'The Punt' by Christina Balit
  • 'The Beaten Track' by Dawn King
  • 'Reunion' by Janice Okoh 
  • 'The New Boy' by Matthew Wilkie

Among the cast are Tom Goodman-Hill, Mark Bonnar, Emerald O’Hanrahan, Vineeta Rishi Toby Jones, Adjoa Andoh, Jonathan Forbes, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Alex Lanipekun.

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Delightfully Creepy

Having inherited the job of Man in Black from such horror luminaries as Vincent Price and Edward De Souza, Mark Gatiss had a large black cloak to fill. But being the horror disciple he is, he does so with such quiet unassuming ghastliness he is the natural successor to Price’s glam anecdotal style or De Souza’s suspenseful confidence. The tales themselves are exquisitely written, delightfully twisted and diverse- you never see the twist coming and the tension builds to the horrific denouement. From zombie apocalypses and cursed nuptials to voodoo, spice girl t shirts and lives that could have been- this is perfect for anyone interested in the darker side of life.

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Short story heaven

If you like short and sweet listens and prefer the spooky to the grisly then this collection is superb. I have heard some before but they are not too long to enjoy a second experience but you will not be disappointed and with each episode less than 30 mins, will not find your day too interrupted.

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Neither creepy nor scary

They're nice little ghost stories but they really aren't half as creepy or scary as they description suggests. They were alright to listen to as you don't really need to pay a lot of attention to them as the narrative is fast paced and the stories just 30 minutes long each. I think you could probably read some of those to your kids as a lesson got life.

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Amazing listen

I have heard a lot of them on radio 4 extra and adored them, so it's amazing to have the full set in one place. Appropriately, I finished it on Halloween. Mark Gatiss is just incredible.

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A Lot of Dull Un Atmospheric Modern Bore

No atmosphere, no depth, no body of character. They do not know how to make spooky, weird or horror nor fear anymore. I love horror and fear and weird and have all of the old movies, plays and radio dramas. This Man in Black is so disappointing. FEELINGLESS. Back to the old for and wonderful for me.

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Classic Horror

Loved this production. Only wish there had been more episodes. Still, 4 seasons will have to do. Hopefully there will be more. I enjoyed every moment of these episodes.

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