'The Dweller In High Places' by Susanna Clarke
Across the water, the Napoleonic Wars rage but a young girl discovers a danger much closer to home when she encounters a mysterious visitor from Ancient Greece who has taken up residence in the attic of her London boarding school.
Reader: Georgina Hagen
'Ghost In The Mechanic' by Sarah Dobbs
A tragic accident atop Cherrybrook Hill leaves car-mechanic, Mickey-Joe, devastated. Unable to face up to his guilt he retreats into a world of rituals and habits as a way of keeping his emotions in check. When his dog dies during a dust storm, the memories come flooding back and Mickey-Joe finally goes to meet the ghost that calls out to him from the top of Cherrybrook Hill.
Reader: Clare Lawrence
'ID' by Phil Emery
Terror grips a man as he regains consciousness and discovers he’s lost his identity card. He's lying in a deserted alleyway in the middle of a city with no memory of who he is. His only clue is a name and address on a scrap of paper in his pocket. He sets out to find this person, all the time, consumed by a fear that unless he tracks down his card, his very life is in danger.
Reader: Sam Dale
'Conviction' by Kate Scott
The UK in the near future. The population is divided into the privileged that live in a sanitised 'perfect' environment and the workers who live in polluted shanty towns, performing the menial jobs that sustain the lifestyles of the privileged. A runner, uneasy about his so-called 'perfect' existence, likes to escape from his world and each day run through these off-limit shanty towns. When, on his run, he encounters a young boy scarred from polluted water, he's forced to confront what is wrong with his way of life.
Reader: Anthony Glennon
'Expecting' by Catherine Mant
Pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend, a young woman moves into a semi-derelict Georgian house in Whitechapel to housesit for friends. She starts hearing running feet and a baby crying and becomes obsessed with finding out whether in the past, a baby has died in the house. All she can think about is finding a way to stop the crying. Out of desperation, she triggers off a series of events that puts her own baby at risk.
Reader: Emma Noakes
'Cthul-You' by Damien G. Walter
An occultist signs up to the website 'Cthul-You' in the hope of meeting like-minded people. This is a demonic version of 'My Space' where instead of attracting fellow humans, the desired outcome is to attract demons. Just who exactly is 'Mark' who answers this lonely occultist’s call and what plans does he have for his new devotee?
Reader: Adam Sims
'The Quick and The Dead' by Nick Moulton
The setting is Victorian London and a scientist has just discovered how to keep death at bay. The dead are brought to the Asylum of The Deceased where they are resurrected. An illicit romance begins to blossom between one of the new inmates and a young doctor. The plight of being brought back to life and forced to live in limbo is explored in all its complexity.
Reader: Christine Kavanagh
'Elegy Underground' by Fiona McFarlane
Angels arrive on Earth with an important message to impart, only to find that no-one knows who they are and what they represent. The world is greatly changed and humankind’s collective memory is failing. Death is no longer officially recognised, forcing it to go underground – travelling cemeteries arrive in the middle of the night to take away the dead and a thriving market in illegal elegy smuggling has emerged. Lachrimae Bird, circus performer and chief elegy writer, is the only one to remember angels and she wonders why they have chosen to make their presence felt now.
Reader: Bethan Walker
'A Lasting Impression' by Alexandra Bayliss
In a last-ditch attempt to save their relationship a young woman persuades her boyfriend to come on holiday with her to Canada. Things get off to a bad start – they have a terrible row as soon as they book into the hotel. He storms off and she is left to contemplate her disastrous love life. Suddenly the ghostly apparition of a woman with half a face missing appears in the room. She has a chilling message for the young tourist.
Reader: Rachel Bavidge
'Father's Day' by Ian Dudley
The UK in the near future. This is a forbidding place where individuality is frowned upon and in extreme cases punished. Following the death of her mother, a young woman becomes estranged from her father. He unquestioningly embraces the new world order, whereas she remains stubbornly defiant, only just living on the right side of the law. He even undergoes a medical procedure to cut her out of his life. The daughter comes home one night to be greeted by a sinister official calling himself 'Truth'. It would seem any hope of reconciliation between father and daughter is fading fast.
Reader: Jasmine Callan