Robert Louis Stevenson

BBC Classics: Suspense Collection
  • BBC Classics: Suspense Collection

  • Unabridged readings of four spine-tingling stories

    This suspenseful anthology collects together four gripping tales of gruesome scientific experiments and chilling supernatural events - all read in full by some of the very best voice actors. With over 18 hours of electrifying listening, tracked by chapter, these classic tales will have you on the edge of your seat.

    Frankenstein
    Mary Shelley's Gothic masterpiece about young scientist Victor Frankenstein, whose quest to create new life has horrific consequences... Read by Shaun Mason.

    A Christmas Carol
    Charles Dickens' timeless classic about a bitter old miser who has a Christmas epiphany when he is visited by four spirits. Read by Sean Baker

    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
    Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novella about a doctor who experiments with the duality of human nature - and in doing so creates a monster. Read by Sam Dale.

    The Turn of the Screw
    Henry James' terrifying tale of a governess sent to look after two children in a haunted country house. Read by Sam Dale and Clare Corbett.


    Credits:


    Frankenstein
    Read by Shaun Mason
    Produced by Martha Littlehailes
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 24 August 2019

    A Christmas Carol
    Read by Sean Baker
    Produced by Anne Bunting
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 22 August 2019

    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
    Read by Sam Dale
    Produced by Julian Wilkinson
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 22 August 2019

    The Turn of the Screw
    Read by Sam Dale and Clare Corbett
    Produced by Julian Wilkinson
    First broadcast on BBC Sounds, 1 November 2019


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    © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. Chronically ill with bronchitis and possibly tuberculosis, Stevenson withdrew from Engineering at Edinburgh University in favour of Studying Law. Although he passed the bar and became an advocate in 1875, he knew that his true work was as a writer. Between 1876 and his death in 1894, Stevenson wrote prolifically. His published essays, short stories, fiction, travel books, plays, letters and poetry number in dozens. The most famous of his works include Travels With A Donkey in the Cevennes (1879), New Arabian Nights (1882), Treasure Island (1883), The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1887), Thrawn Janet (1887) and Kidnapped (1893). After marrying Fanny Osbourne in 1880 Stevenson continued to travel and to write about his experiences. His poor health led him and his family to Valima in Samoa, where they settled. During his days there Stevenson was known as ‘Tusitala’ or ‘The Story Teller’. His love of telling romantic and adventure stories allowed him to connect easily with the universal child in all of us. ‘Fiction is to grown men what play is to the child,’ he said. Robert Louis Stevenson died in Valima in 1894 of a brain haemorrhage.

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