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Don't get the rating wrong, I'm a huge fan of Nigel Kneale, and was really excited to get my hands on this collection. Unfortunately for me, the collection wasn't quite what I'd hoped. One of the things that makes me love Kneale is his way of handling the unknown and supernatural in his screenplays, and so I was sad to see that the vast majority of this book are naturalistic stories of the sort I would call "regional." Not that they're bad, by any means, but not what I was hoping for so much.
This is a gentler Kneale, reflecting on life on the Isle of Man, than the later author who wrote the Quatermass serials and the Stone Tape. Here are twenty six stories from his radio scripts of the 40s full of characterization and atmosphere. 'Minuke', a chilling tale of a very chilling house, whose foundation is an ancient stone slab covering an even more ancient evil, is probably more familiar to Kneale fans. On the whole these are tales of believable people living very ordinary lives but in a ...more
Just read the story 'Minuke'. The time is 2.00 am now. A typical haunted house story which ended in a cliffhanger without a proper explanation. But that could be forgiven since this is a short story. I like the writing style of Nigel Kneale and the flow of this tale but there's nothing new here.
Nigel Kneale was a British screenwriter. He is best known for being the creator of Professor Bernard Quatermass. Kneale wrote four Quatermass TV serials in total between 1953 and 1979 as well as BBC radio docudrama retrospective "The Quatermass Memoirs" that was first broadcast in 1995. Kneale also wrote such programs as The Year Of The Sex Olympics, The Stone Tape and the 1989 adaptation of Susan ...moreMore about Nigel Kneale...