Blood Lines

Series showcasing new short story writers.

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01The Dweller In High Places2007022620070227
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A story by award-winning author Susanna Clarke launches Blood Lines, a series showcasing short-story writers.

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 in Susanna Clarke's "The Dweller In High Places".

A story by award-winning author Susanna Clarke begins Blood Lines, a series showcasing new short story writers.

A story by Susanna Clarke begins this series showcasing new short story writers.

A story by award-winning author Susanna Clarke begins this series showcasing new short story writers.

01The Dweller In High Places2007022620070227
20070728 (BBC7)
20070729 (BBC7)
20080901 (BBC7)
20080902 (BBC7)
20090615 (BBC7)
20090616 (BBC7)
20100104 (BBC7)
20100105 (BBC7)
20100712 (BBC7)
20100713 (BBC7)
20110228 (BBC7)
20110301 (BBC7)
20111010 (BBC7)
20111011 (BBC7)

A story by award-winning author Susanna Clarke launches Blood Lines, a series showcasing short-story writers.

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 in Susanna Clarke's "The Dweller In High Places".

A story by award-winning author Susanna Clarke begins Blood Lines, a series showcasing new short story writers.

A story by Susanna Clarke begins this series showcasing new short story writers.

A story by award-winning author Susanna Clarke begins this series showcasing new short story writers.

02Ghost In The Mechanic2007022720070228
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20110301 (BBC7)
20110302 (BBC7)
20111011 (BBC7)
20111012 (BBC7)

Will Mickey-Joe have the courage to answer the ghost who calls to him from Cherrybrook Hill?

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 in Sarah Dobbs' "Ghost In The Mechanic".

Will Mickey-Joe have the courage to face the ghost who calls to him from Cherrybrook Hill?

02Ghost In The Mechanic2007022720070228
20070804 (BBC7)
20070805 (BBC7)
20080901 (BBC7)
20080902 (BBC7)
20090615 (BBC7)
20090616 (BBC7)
20100104 (BBC7)
20100105 (BBC7)
20100712 (BBC7)
20100713 (BBC7)
20110301 (BBC7)
20110302 (BBC7)
20111011 (BBC7)
20111012 (BBC7)

Will Mickey-Joe have the courage to answer the ghost who calls to him from Cherrybrook Hill?

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 in Sarah Dobbs' "Ghost In The Mechanic".

Will Mickey-Joe have the courage to face the ghost who calls to him from Cherrybrook Hill?

03Id2007022820070301
20070811 (BBC7)
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20080902 (BBC7)
20080903 (BBC7)
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20100105 (BBC7)
20100106 (BBC7)
20100713 (BBC7)
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20110303 (BBC7)
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20111013 (BBC7)

Waking up in a deserted alley, a man is terrified at the loss of his identity card.

Sam Dale reads Phil Emery's tale.

A man wakes up in a deserted alley to the terrifying thought that he's lost his ID card.

A man wakes up in a deserted alley to the terrifying thought that he has lost his ID card.

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 in Kate Scott's "Conviction".

A man wakes up in a deserted alley to the terrifying impact of losing his identity card.

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20070811 (BBC7)
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20080902 (BBC7)
20080903 (BBC7)
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20100105 (BBC7)
20100106 (BBC7)
20100713 (BBC7)
20100714 (BBC7)
20110302 (BBC7)
20110303 (BBC7)
20111012 (BBC7)
20111013 (BBC7)

Waking up in a deserted alley, a man is terrified at the loss of his identity card.

Sam Dale reads Phil Emery's tale.

A man wakes up in a deserted alley to the terrifying thought that he's lost his ID card.

A man wakes up in a deserted alley to the terrifying thought that he has lost his ID card.

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 in Kate Scott's "Conviction".

A man wakes up in a deserted alley to the terrifying impact of losing his identity card.

04Conviction2007030120070302
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A confrontation in an out-of-bounds part of town forces a man to reassess his way of life.

Pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend, a young woman moves into a semi-derelict Georgian house in Whitechapel to house-sit 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 in Catherine Mant's "Expecting".

A confrontation in an out of bounds part of town forces a man to reassess his life.

Anthony Glennon reads Kate Scott's tale.

04Conviction2007030120070302
20070818 (BBC7)
20070819 (BBC7)
20080902 (BBC7)
20080903 (BBC7)
20090616 (BBC7)
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20100105 (BBC7)
20100106 (BBC7)
20100713 (BBC7)
20100714 (BBC7)
20110303 (BBC7)
20110304 (BBC7)
20111013 (BBC7)
20111014 (BBC7)

A confrontation in an out-of-bounds part of town forces a man to reassess his way of life.

Pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend, a young woman moves into a semi-derelict Georgian house in Whitechapel to house-sit 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 in Catherine Mant's "Expecting".

A confrontation in an out of bounds part of town forces a man to reassess his life.

Anthony Glennon reads Kate Scott's tale.

05Expecting2007030220070303
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20080903 (BBC7)
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20110304 (BBC7)
20110305 (BBC7)
20111014 (BBC7)
20111015 (BBC7)

Pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend, a young woman moves into a semi-derelict Georgian house in Whitechapel to house-sit 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 in Catherine Mant's "Expecting".

The new writing series continues.

Alone in a house, a pregnant young woman grows distressed when she keeps hearing a baby cry.

Alone in a house, a pregnant woman grows distressed when she keeps hearing a baby cry.

Alone in a house, a pregnant woman grows distressed by the sounds of a crying baby.

Emma Noakes reads Catherine Mant's tale.

05Expecting2007030220070303
20070825 (BBC7)
20070826 (BBC7)
20080903 (BBC7)
20080904 (BBC7)
20090617 (BBC7)
20090618 (BBC7)
20100106 (BBC7)
20100107 (BBC7)
20100714 (BBC7)
20100715 (BBC7)
20110304 (BBC7)
20110305 (BBC7)
20111014 (BBC7)
20111015 (BBC7)

Pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend, a young woman moves into a semi-derelict Georgian house in Whitechapel to house-sit 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 in Catherine Mant's "Expecting".

The new writing series continues.

Alone in a house, a pregnant young woman grows distressed when she keeps hearing a baby cry.

Alone in a house, a pregnant woman grows distressed when she keeps hearing a baby cry.

Alone in a house, a pregnant woman grows distressed by the sounds of a crying baby.

Emma Noakes reads Catherine Mant's tale.

06Cthul-you2007030520070306
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20111017 (BBC7)
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The new writing series continues with a dark horror story featuring demonic goings-on in internet chat rooms.

In Damien G Walter's "Cthul-you", 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?

A dark horror story featuring demonic goings-on in internet chat rooms.

The new writing series, Blood Lines, continues with a dark horror story featuring demonic goings-on in internet chat rooms.

A lonely occultist signs up to a special internet chat room to attract some demons.

Adam Sims reads Damien G Walter's tale.

06Cthul-you2007030520070306
20070901 (BBC7)
20070902 (BBC7)
20080903 (BBC7)
20080904 (BBC7)
20090617 (BBC7)
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20100106 (BBC7)
20100107 (BBC7)
20100714 (BBC7)
20100715 (BBC7)
20110307 (BBC7)
20110308 (BBC7)
20111017 (BBC7)
20111018 (BBC7)

The new writing series continues with a dark horror story featuring demonic goings-on in internet chat rooms.

In Damien G Walter's "Cthul-you", 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?

A dark horror story featuring demonic goings-on in internet chat rooms.

The new writing series, Blood Lines, continues with a dark horror story featuring demonic goings-on in internet chat rooms.

A lonely occultist signs up to a special internet chat room to attract some demons.

Adam Sims reads Damien G Walter's tale.

07The Quick And The Dead2007030620070307
20070908 (BBC7)
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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 in Nick Moulton's "The Quick And The Dead".

The new writing series continues.

In Victorian London, a scientist has just discovered how to keep death at bay.

Discovering how to keep death at bay, a Victorian scientist starts resurrecting.

Christine Kavanagh reads Nick Moulton's tale.

07The Quick And The Dead2007030620070307
20070908 (BBC7)
20070909 (BBC7)
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20100107 (BBC7)
20100108 (BBC7)
20100715 (BBC7)
20100716 (BBC7)
20110308 (BBC7)
20110309 (BBC7)
20111018 (BBC7)
20111019 (BBC7)

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 in Nick Moulton's "The Quick And The Dead".

The new writing series continues.

In Victorian London, a scientist has just discovered how to keep death at bay.

Discovering how to keep death at bay, a Victorian scientist starts resurrecting.

Christine Kavanagh reads Nick Moulton's tale.

08Elegy Underground2007030720070308
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20111020 (BBC7)

Angels have returned, but to a world where only one person can remember who they are.

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 in Fiona Mcfarlane's "Elegy Underground".

Angels have returned, but to a world where only one person remembers who they are.

Bethan Walker reads Fiona Mcfarlane's tale.

08Elegy Underground2007030720070308
20070915 (BBC7)
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20100107 (BBC7)
20100108 (BBC7)
20100715 (BBC7)
20100716 (BBC7)
20110309 (BBC7)
20110310 (BBC7)
20111019 (BBC7)
20111020 (BBC7)

Angels have returned, but to a world where only one person can remember who they are.

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 in Fiona Mcfarlane's "Elegy Underground".

Angels have returned, but to a world where only one person remembers who they are.

Bethan Walker reads Fiona Mcfarlane's tale.

09A Lasting Impression2007030820070309
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20111021 (BBC7)

The writing series continues.

Following a terrible row with her boyfriend, a woman receives a chilling supernatural message.

In a last ditched 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 with a chilling message for the young tourist in Alexandra Bayliss' "A Lasting Impression".

The new writing series continues.

Following a row with her boyfriend, a woman receives a chilling supernatural message.

09A Lasting Impression2007030820070309
20070922 (BBC7)
20070923 (BBC7)
20080905 (BBC7)
20080906 (BBC7)
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20100108 (BBC7)
20100109 (BBC7)
20100716 (BBC7)
20100717 (BBC7)
20110310 (BBC7)
20110311 (BBC7)
20111020 (BBC7)
20111021 (BBC7)

The writing series continues.

Following a terrible row with her boyfriend, a woman receives a chilling supernatural message.

In a last ditched 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 with a chilling message for the young tourist in Alexandra Bayliss' "A Lasting Impression".

The new writing series continues.

Following a row with her boyfriend, a woman receives a chilling supernatural message.

10 LASTFather's Day2007030920070310
20070929 (BBC7)
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20110311 (BBC7)
20110312 (BBC7)
20111021 (BBC7)
20111022 (BBC7)

A reunion between an estranged father and daughter is threatened by sinister state forces.

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 in Ian Dudley's "Father's Day".

An estranged father and daughter's reunion is threatened by sinister state forces.

Jasmine Callan reads Ian Dudley's tale.

10 LASTFather's Day2007030920070310
20070929 (BBC7)
20070930 (BBC7)
20080905 (BBC7)
20080906 (BBC7)
20090619 (BBC7)
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20100108 (BBC7)
20100109 (BBC7)
20100716 (BBC7)
20100717 (BBC7)
20110311 (BBC7)
20110312 (BBC7)
20111021 (BBC7)
20111022 (BBC7)

A reunion between an estranged father and daughter is threatened by sinister state forces.

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 in Ian Dudley's "Father's Day".

An estranged father and daughter's reunion is threatened by sinister state forces.

Jasmine Callan reads Ian Dudley's tale.