Antique Dust

  • by Robert Westall
  • Narrated by R.C. Bray
  • 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Dealers are undertakers of a sort. When a man dies, the undertaker comes for the body, and the dealer comes for the rest. I deal in dead men's clocks, pipes and swords. Passing through my hands, they give off joy, loneliness, fear...I have known more evil in a set of false teeth than in any so-called haunted house in England."
So speaks Geoff Ashden, a regular guy trying to make an honest living as an antique dealer, but who has an uncanny knack for finding cursed objects and haunted places: a sinister Georgian clock carved with obscene and satanic designs, a hideous doll with deadly powers, a pair of old spectacles that let their wearer see a little too clearly, an ugly house with a terrifying secret, a church full of graffiti scrawled in decomposing human flesh. In this collection, award-winning children's author Robert Westall delivers a set of chilling tales for adults and proves himself, as Orrin Grey writes in the new introduction to this edition, "an obvious successor to that godfather of the English ghost story, M.R. James."


What the Critics Say

"Creepy...develops a sense of palpable evil...well worth the time of readers who prefer slyly civilized British ghost stories." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Fiendishly clever, spine-tingling short fiction" (Publishers Weekly)

"Marvelous M. R. Jamesian-style ghost stories." (Michael Dirda, Washington Post)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent Ghostly Short Stories!

Where does Antique Dust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Most probably in the top 3. I just loved these stories. I am not easily impressed - especially with modern, ghost/horror (so-called) short stories. Consequently, I can't remember when I was last compelled to write a positive review.

What other book might you compare Antique Dust to, and why?

Very difficult to say. The stories do have a Victorian feel to them and, as a reader/listener of M.R. James, I would say they are somewhat of the same vein (e.g. The Haunted Doll's House). The stories are, however, very original.

Which character – as performed by R.C. Bray – was your favourite?

No favourite - all enjoyable. I do have to say that although R.C. Bray does a fine job, I would have preferred a narrator with an English accent (his American accent is very softened but there are some parts of the narration that calls for more specific English pronunciations and/or regional accents).

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Emotional? Not really - but then I am a bit of an ice-pack. These stories are better than emotional, they are interesting - intellectually and creatively speaking.

Any additional comments?

Commendable work by Robert Westall. I hope he brings out some more anthologies - about antiques and 'ghosties', or 'ghosties' and antiques - whatever your preference Mr Westall.

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- Dr. O

Surprisingly good selection of stories

Would you consider the audio edition of Antique Dust to be better than the print version?

I wouldn't read the print version so I would say yes.

What other book might you compare Antique Dust to, and why?

Some of the better quality selection of ghost or paranormal stories, but this one is unusual in that all the stories are connected to an antique dealer who forms the central character in the stories.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Liked Clocky Watson and the ending of the story featuring him.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not sure, can't think of anything witty enough. Antique Dust should speak for itself.

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth a listen and the narrator was very good.

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- Mary Ann von Radowitz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-10-2016
  • Publisher: Valancourt Books, LLC