Thou Shalt Not Suffer A Witch

Readings from the classic 1949 collection of supernatural short stories by Scottish author Dorothy K Haynes.

Episodes

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20170418 (BBC7)

"Katherine felt tired and cold.

It was only nine o'clock.

The dentist entered silently..." Read by Tamara Kennedy

An eerie journey on the way home from the dentist.

An eerie journey on the way home from the dentist. A short story from Dorothy K Haynes' 1949 collection. Read by Tamara Kennedy.

"Katherine felt tired and cold. It was only nine o'clock. The dentist entered silently, breathing an antiseptic welcome..."

An eerie journey on the way home from the dentist. Read by Tamara Kennedy.

The Scottish author Dorothy K Haynes (1918-1987) was a prolific writer of short stories who specialised in the supernatural and the unsettling.

The first of five readings taken from her award-winning collection, Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch - first published in 1949 with illustrations by Mervyn Peake.

Produced by David Jackson Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2004.

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20150616 (BBC7)
20150617 (BBC7)
20170418 (BBC7)
20170419 (BBC7)

On reaching the safety of his castle, a knight finds the occupants are not human.

Read by Finlay Welsh.

A wounded knight struggles to reach the safety of his home.

But the castle only has two remaining occupants, and neither is human.

An injured knight hopes for help from his trained hawk.

An injured knight hopes for help from his trained hawk. From Dorothy K Haynes' 1949 story collection. Read by Finlay Welsh.

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20150618 (BBC7)
20150619 (BBC7)
20170420 (BBC7)
20170421 (BBC7)

"My father said to me, 'Bessie, there's a man being hanged in the street...'." Read by Tamara Kennedy.

A child is convinced that she witnessed an execution.

A child is convinced that she witnessed an execution. From Dorothy K Haynes' 1949 collection. Read by Tamara Kennedy.

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20150619 (BBC7)
20150620 (BBC7)
20170421 (BBC7)
20170422 (BBC7)

A young woman opens the door of her house to a curious and persistent visitor.

Read by Mark McDonnell.

A woman sells her trinkets to a passing salesman.

A woman sells her trinkets to a passing salesman. From Dorothy K Haynes' 1949 collection. Read by Mark McDonnell.