Michael Cavacini

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Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 1

I’m a massive fan of horror. Books, movies, TV shows — you name it. One series that has made an indelible mark on me is Hellraiser. Clive Barker is an artistic genius whose talent has transcended a myriad of mediums, including literature and film. His horror novella The Hellbound Heart was adapted for cinema in 1987. This film, Hellraiser, is a classic that is comprised of numerous spellbinding performances. However, the one that people remember most of all is that of Doug Bradley as the lead cenobite whom society named Pinhead. Bradley’s background in stage acting and his deep knowledge of literature — not to mention the man’s unmistakably wonderful voice — makes his Spinechillers series from Renegade Arts Entertainment a joyful listening experience.

Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 1 introduces classic stories from the original masters of horror, including Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart and HP Lovecraft’s The Outsider. This first entry in the series consists of six stories. In addition to the aforementioned tales, you’ll find the work of Charles Dickens and William Harvey, among others. The audio quality is crystal clear, and Bradley’s narration is sensational. Mixed with music and sound design that sets the mood, you will be fully immersed in the universe of classic horror literature. Best of all, this audiobook includes an introduction by Bradley where he explains what you’re about to hear. Not only will you be entertained, you’ll learn something too. Clocking in at two hours and thirty-seven minutes, Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers Volume 1 is a spectacular listening experience that provides excellent value. I highly recommend it, and I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you on each of the subsequent volumes in this remarkable series of audiobooks.

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