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Classic Ghost Stories
Classic Ghost Stories
Tony Walker

A weekly podcast which reads out ghost stories, horror stories and weird tales every week. Classic stories from the pens of the... more

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Episodes

The Magic Shop by H G Wells

The Magic Shop by H G Wells was published in 1903. "The Magic Shop" is a fantasy short story about... more

02 Dec 2022 · 50 minutes
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving is the classic Halloween story. It appears to be a ghost story,... more

25 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 44 minutes
The Dead by James Joyce

The Dead is is the last story, and the longest from James Joyce's 1914 short stories collection: Dubliners. It is... more

18 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 59 minutes
The Company Of Wolves by Angela Carter

The Company of Wolves by Angela Carter is a work of genius. There, I've said it.The Company of Wolves by... more

11 Nov 2022 · 48 minutes
The Witch Door by Ray Bradbury

 Ray Bradbury wrote "The Witch Door" in 1995.The main characters live in a dilapidated New England farmhouse. They've come to... more

04 Nov 2022 · 45 minutes
The Stalls Of Barchester Cathedral by M R James

The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral by M R James was published in 1910. It is one of Montague Rhodes James's... more

31 Oct 2022 · 56 minutes
The Whitehaven Bodysnatcher by Tony Walker

Happy Halloween! A disturbing and scary tale that will be performed live in Whitehaven this Halloween as part of our... more

27 Oct 2022 · 32 minutes
Sardonicus By Ray Russell

Sardonicus by Ray Russell is possibly the best Gothic horror story written in the 20th century.  Ray Russell's mastery of... more

20 Oct 2022 · 2 hours, 4 minutes
Basil Netherby By A C Benson

Basil Netherby is a masterpiece of brooding supernatural fiction. This unabridged audio book style story narrates a ghost story or... more

13 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
Brickett Bottom by Amyas Northcote

Brickett Bottom by Amyas Northcote is about a mysterious house deep in the woods that no one but lonely young... more

06 Oct 2022 · 44 minutes
One, Two Buckle my Shoe by Nugent Barker

This story by Nugent Barker comes from his anthology Written By My Left Hand, which I guess is a pointer... more

29 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
The Birds By Daphne Du Maurier Audiobook

The Birds by Daphne du Maurier was adapted into the 1963 horror thriller movie The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. Daphne... more

22 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 42 minutes
The Outcast by E F Benson

The Outcast by E F BensonFirst we are introduced to Mrs Bertha Acres through the eyes of Tony and his... more

16 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Pallinghurst Barrow by Grant Allen

Pallinghurst Barrow by Grant AllenA horror story about spirits who linger in old places in the English countryisde. Published 1892.... more

08 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
The Doll by Daphne du Maurier

The Doll by Daphne du MaurierDame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning was born in 1907 in London in 1931 and... more

02 Sep 2022 · 49 minutes
A Pair of Muddy Shoes by Lennox Robinson

A Pair of Muddy Shoes by Lennox RobinsonLennox Robinson was an Irish author, poet, dramatist and theatre produce who was... more

25 Aug 2022 · 32 minutes
The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

The Ghost Ship by Richard Barham MiddletonRichard Barham Middleton was born in 1882 in Staines then in Middlesex, but since... more

19 Aug 2022 · 40 minutes
The Milk White Child of Ravenglass by Tony Walker

The Milk-White Child of Ravenglass by Tony Walker, is one of mine. As I explain in the notes, this is... more

05 Aug 2022 · 39 minutes
The Entrance by Gerald Durrell

The Entrance by Gerald DurrellGerald Durrell was born in Jamshedpur which was then part of British India, in 1925 and... more

29 Jul 2022 · 2 hours, 24 minutes
The Nameless Offspring by Clark Ashton Smith

Clark Ashton SmithClark Ashton Smith was an American writer born in Long Valley, California in 1893 who died in Pacific... more

22 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan PoeThe Masque of the Red Death was published in 1842 by... more

15 Jul 2022 · 36 minutes
The Eye of The Cat by Ruskin Bond

Ruskin BondRuskin Bond was born in 1934 in Kasauli in Punjab, India. His first novel was published when he was... more

08 Jul 2022 · 46 minutes
A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest by Amelia B Edwards

Amelia B EdwardsBorn in 1831 in London and died in 1892 aged 60 in Weston Supermare at the seaside near... more

01 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
The Catacomb by Peter Shilston

The Catacomb by Peter Shilston was recommended by one of my Patreons but it was hard to get hold of.... more

24 Jun 2022 · 53 minutes
The Middle Toe of the Right Foot by Ambrose Bierce

The Middle Toe of the Right Foot by Ambrose Bierce is a ghost story set in the late 19th Century... more

17 Jun 2022 · 35 minutes
Mean Mr Mullins by Cathu Sahu

Mean Mr Mullins by Cathu Sahu is an original story by a living author: Cathy Sahu. A tale of a... more

10 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
The Secret of the Vault by J Wesley Rosenquest

The Secret Of The Vault by J Wesley RosenquestRecommended by Mary Ware in August 2021. Published in Weird Tales, May 1938J... more

03 Jun 2022 · 59 minutes
The Call of Cthulhu by H P Lovecraft

The Call of Cthulhu by H P Lovecraft was commissioned by Gavin Critchley for me to read for all of... more

27 May 2022 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
They Bite by Anthony Boucher

Anthony BoucherAnthony Boucher known as was the pen name of William Anthony Parker White and he was known at Tony.... more

20 May 2022 · 45 minutes
The Crown Derby Plate by Marjorie Bowen

The Crown Derby Plate by Marjorie Bowen is a classic ghost story and much requested. It has a ghost, a... more

13 May 2022 · 43 minutes
How Fear Departed The Long Gallery by E F Benson

E F BensonEdward Frederic Benson was born in 1867 at Wellington College, where his father was headmaster,  in Berkshire just... more

06 May 2022 · 55 minutes
The Hounds of Tindalos by Frank Belknap Long

The Hounds of Tindalos by Frank Belknap LongFrank Belknap  Long was born in 1901 in Harlem, New York (not the... more

29 Apr 2022 · 50 minutes
The Sandman by E T A Hoffman

Ernst Theodor Amadeus HoffmanE T A Hoffman, as he is known, was born in 1776 in Konigsberg, East Prussia, Germany... more

22 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 42 minutes
Out of the Deep by Walter de la Mare

Walter de la MareWalter de la Mare is most famous as a poet. He was born in 1873 in Charlton... more

15 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
The Music of Erich Zann by H P Lovecraft

The Music of Erich Zann by H P Lovecraft. I recorded it ages ago and I can't believe I never... more

08 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
Thirteen At Table by Lord Dunsany

Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron DunsanyEdward John Moreton Draw Plunkett, or Lord Dunsany was known to his friends... more

01 Apr 2022 · 37 minutes
The Crowd by Ray Bradbury

A man in a car crash starts wondering how come the crowds gather so fast, and then he wonders why... more

25 Mar 2022 · 34 minutes
SO311. The Man Whom The Trees Loved by Algernon Blackwood

A tale of the New Forest in England where Mr and Mrs Bittacy settle after years abroad. A painter with... more

18 Mar 2022 · 3 hours, 2 minutes
S03010 The Picture of Dorian Gray Chapters 16-20

The Picture of Dorian Gray is now done. Hooray. That's it done. The commentary at the end is slightly nutty... more

11 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 38 minutes
S0309 The Picture of Dorian Gray Chapters 13-15

The Picture of Dorian Gray. Here's the latest. For those of you who are loving it, I hope you continue... more

04 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
S0308 The Picture of Dorian Gray Chapters 10-12

The Picture of Dorian Gray. I have had one of those Mandela Effect mind blips. I have thought and continued... more

25 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 34 minutes
S0307 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Chapters 7-9

The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dorian is rather unpleasant and comes home to see his portrait knows what he's done.... more

18 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
S0306 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Chapters 4-6

Here's another hour of Dorian Gray in which Dorian is very excited, Lord Harry is languid, Basil the Painter disapproves,... more

11 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
S0305 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Chapters 1-3)

The beautiful story of a beautiful man living a beautiful life that starts in a beautiful garden and ends this... more

04 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 39 minutes
S0304 Beyond The Door by J. Paul Suter

Beyond the Door is a story of a haunting. A man is haunted by visions of something coming out of... more

28 Jan 2022 · 55 minutes
S0303 Number 13 by M R James

Number 13 by M R JamesNumber 13 by M R James is a spooky story of a missing room and... more

21 Jan 2022 · 54 minutes
S0302 The Earlier Service by Margaret Irwin

The Earlier Service by Margaret IrwinThe Earlier Service is a tale of what happens in a remote English church late... more

14 Jan 2022 · 48 minutes
S0301 The Fair Family by Tony Walker

A timid man and his worried wife take a trip through Wales. The weather is awful and they worry they... more

07 Jan 2022 · 48 minutes
S02E64 The Pleasure Pilgrims by Ella D'Arcy

The Pleasure Pilgrims by Ella D’ArcyThe Pleasure Pilgrims can be seen as a love story, a murder tale or a... more

31 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
S02E61 The Piano by Tony Walker

A short Christmas Ghost story. A couple move into an old house, a house whose foundations go back centuries. Once... more

25 Dec 2021 · 9 minutes
S02E60 Surprise View by Tony Walker

A man who has lost everything goes to a remote part of the country for Christmas. In that beautiful landscape... more

24 Dec 2021 · 27 minutes
S02E63 Thrawn Janet by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thrawn or Twisted Janet is a tale of devilish possession written in broad Scots. A chilling tale, if you can... more

13 Dec 2021 · 44 minutes
S02E62 Sir Gawain & The Green Knight

Sir Gawain & The Green KnightSir Gawain and The Green Knight is the original Christmas Ghost Story. Or technically a... more

06 Dec 2021 · 2 hours, 6 minutes
S02E59 Harry by Rosemary Timperley

Harry by Rosemary TimperleyThank you to Steve Cuff for suggesting I read this story. Rosemary Timperley was born in 1920... more

29 Nov 2021 · 43 minutes
S02E58 Taig O'Kane and The Corpse by Douglas Hyde

An Irish story told by Douglas Hyde, first president of Ireland and the craoibhinn aobhinn himself. I thought it was... more

22 Nov 2021 · 47 minutes
S02E57 Whatever Happened to Corporal Cuckoo? by Gerald Kersh

Gerald KershFirstly, I need to thank Gavin Critchley who commissioned me to record this for his birthday in August and... more

15 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
S02E56 The Beast of Blanchland by Rowan Bowman

A man driving home on a winter's night thinks he sees a big cat stalking the moor. He crashes his... more

08 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
S02E55 The Haunting of Unit 409 by Tony Walker

The Haunting of Unit 409 is an original horror story by me, Tony Walker and will be part of my... more

31 Oct 2021 · 38 minutes
S02E54 The Girl With The Hungry Eyes by Fritz Leiber

The story of a female vampire, a femme fatale, a girl who just one day walks into a photographer's studio... more

25 Oct 2021 · 57 minutes
S02E53 Laura Silver Bell by J Sheridan Le Fanu

A dark fairytale set in the wild moors of the North of England. A foolish girl falls in love with... more

18 Oct 2021 · 31 minutes
SO2E52 The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

In the Backwoods, they do Bad Things. or "Be A Sport, Tessie!"My reading and analysis of The Lottery by Shirley... more

11 Oct 2021 · 36 minutes
S02E51 The Pomegranate Seed by Edith Wharton

Get a great discount on my Horror Stories For Halloween audiobook & ebook bundlehttps://spirit.ghostpod.org/horror-stories-for-halloween (https://spirit.ghostpod.org/horror-stories-for-halloween)The Pomegranate SeedThe pomegranate seed is... more

04 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
S0250 Dragoon by DeWayne Hayes

Towards the end of the American Civil War in north west Arkansas, an old woman is faced with a dilemma.... more

25 Sep 2021 · 56 minutes
S02E49 The Night Wire by H F Arnold

Well after midnight in a newsroom high up above the city, a strange story comes tip-tapping in down the night... more

18 Sep 2021 · 41 minutes
The First Sheaf by H R Wakefield

The First Sheaf is a folk horror story set in the backwaters of rural England. A new vicar goes to... more

11 Sep 2021 · 26 minutes
S02E48 The Reluctant Bride by Iqbal Hussain

In rural Pakistan, a rickshaw driver stops by a Peepal Tree and a beautiful bride steps out from the shadows.... more

11 Sep 2021 · 54 minutes
The Shining Pyramid by Arthur Machen

Over in the Wild West of Wales, (despite him calling it England, the village is Croes y Ceiliog after all),... more

08 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
S02E47 W S By L P Hartley

In which a writer starts to receive mysterious and increasingly menacing postcards from an apparent stranger. He asks his friends... more

04 Sep 2021 · 48 minutes
S02E46 The Lodgers by Joan Aiken

Joan AikenJoan Delano Aiken was the daughter of Conrad Aiken, whose story Mr Arcularis we read out on The Classic... more

28 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
S02E45 The Amorous Ghost by Enid Bagnold

Edith BagnoldEdith Bagnold, later Lady Jones was born in 1889 in Rochester, Kent and died in 1981 in London .... more

21 Aug 2021 · 26 minutes
S02E44 The Door In The Wall by H. G. Wells

H G WellsHerbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley, Kent just outside London. He Died aged 79 at... more

14 Aug 2021 · 55 minutes
S02E43 The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell Part Three.

The Grey Woman Part 3In which Anna and Amante go on the run, meet some good souls, some bad ones... more

07 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
S02E42 The Grey Woman by Mrs Gaskell Part Two

Brief NotesTrusty Amanate is someone she can talk to.The expedition by candlelight through the castle passagesThe withheld lettersShe is a... more

31 Jul 2021 · 54 minutes
S02E41 The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell Part One

The Grey Woman by Mrs Elizabeth GaskellElizabeth GaskellElizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell was born in London in 1810 and died in the... more

24 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
S02E40 The Lost Tragedy by Denis Mackail

A comic ghost story from Edwardian London–perfect to relax to and not scary at all.The Lost Tragedy by Denis MackailDenis... more

17 Jul 2021 · 51 minutes
S02E39 Oke of Oakhurst by Vernon Lee (Part 3)

Oke of Oakhurst Part 3How awful Alice Oke is. Though the narrator praises her as a wonderful woman she seems... more

10 Jul 2021 · 51 minutes
S02E38 Oke of Oakhurst Part 2

Oke of Oakhurst by Vernon Lee Part 2So the story develops. It begins by our painter narrator noting the strange... more

03 Jul 2021 · 44 minutes
S02E37 Oke of Oakhurst by Vernon Lee

Oke of Oakhurst by Vernon LeeVernon LeeDespite sounding so masculine, Vernon Lee was actually a woman called Violet Paget, born... more

26 Jun 2021 · 1 hour,
S02E36 Minuke by Nigel Kneale

Minuke by Nigel KnealeNigel KnealeNigel Kneale was born in Barrow in Furness in 1922, which was then part of Lancashire... more

19 Jun 2021 · 34 minutes
A Dog in Dürer’s Etching “The Knight, Death and the Devil” by Marco Nevi

A Dog in Dürer’s Etching “The Knight, Death and the Devil”Albrecht DürerAlbrecht Dürer was born in Nuremberg, a Free Imperial... more

12 Jun 2021 · 40 minutes
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H G WellsHerbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley, Kent just outside London. He Died aged 79 at his grand... more