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When a carousing Englishman disgraces the consecrated effigy of Hanuman, a leprous "Silver Man" marks him with a hideous curse. The ensuing night brings new terrors to the house of the doomed man.

Public Domain (P)2008 B.J. Harrison

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Creepy

A genuinely creepy story that compares well with the work of other masters of weird fiction, such as HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. A white farmer in India is punished for his crass disrespect of a monkey god. A battle ensues between the mysterious powers of a deformed leper and the brute force of their English colonists. Rudyard Kipling is cited by horror writer Nail Gaiman as a major influence, and you can see why from this terrific little spine chiller. A crisp and well paced reading by B.J. Harrison.

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surprisingly good!

Just a shame it's such a short tale, I was genuinely captured by the story! great characters, interesting little book!

the reader was pretty good also

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  • uffdasuzanne
  • 06-10-17

Must listen again

I fear I was not paying close enough attention so I will endeavor to listen again. The reader was so very good that I'm afraid I got caught up in the telling, more than the story.

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  • Steven Ray Hill
  • 24-02-20

Don't mess with religion.

Only if you worship Yahweh can you because he is the creator of the universe.

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  • cpk
  • 12-02-18

Old-style horror story

Classic horror story set in British India. Starts out a bit like P. G. Wodehouse, with what seems like upper-class/colonial British twittery in India, but then turns gruesome. The narration is brisk, clear, and very well-suited to the content.

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  • Oliver
  • 16-01-20

fun short story

tension, mystery, history, the ravings of a beast, a curse and happy ending all are included here

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 06-01-19

Worth every minute

Wonderful story from Rudyard Kipling. The narration is very enjoyable. Get this story and sit back and enjoy a gothic horror story.

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  • Amund Bisgaard
  • 28-05-18

At times a bit too loud. Apart from that, good.

The narrator came through a bit loud doing the voice of one of the chatacters. He still did well. The sound should have been more balanced, or capped.

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  • William E. Hendry
  • 24-05-18

Remarkable.

All my life I have read the poetry of Rudyard Kipling, even memorized some, hoping for a cleansing of my soul, poems like "If". That is why this tale into horror, brilliantly conceived and written, took me by surprise. So I will be going back to explore all his works.....maybe Jewels await me!

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  • Timothy Garcia
  • 05-03-18

The Beast

The narration was excellent. Interesting story line and characters, but lacking in suspense. Overall a nice armchair read.

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  • Admiralu
  • 12-02-18

A Period Horror Tale

This is another great classic “horror” story from renowned author Rudyard Kipling. While not as frightening today, this tale is set during the British occupation of India, it is beautifully narrated by BJ Harrison and very entertaining.

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  • G00fn0ff
  • 03-04-19

Hummm.

Not so good, of a listen. It is difficult listen or book to give a good review.