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The Scarifyers: The Devil of Denge Marsh Audio CD – Audiobook, 7 May 2007

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Cosmic Hobo Productions (7 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955515815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955515811
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 11.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This second audio adventure of the Scarifyers is a pleasingly old-fashioned romp... The first installment, The Nazad Conspiracy, introduced the odd couple twosome of Inspector Lionheart and Professor Dunning, played by Doctor Who alumni Nicholas Courtney and Terry Molloy, both of whom work for MI-I3, the branch of the government that investigates the weird and the fantastic... They both return for the sequel, and their interplay is quite charming, their distinctive voices Courtney's in particular, his purring timbre immediately recognizable and a temporal short-cut to many fondly-remembered childhood teatimes in the company of vintage Who adding much in the way of character and atmosphere. And perhaps charming is the best way to describe this... It s a gentle comedy, as old-fashioned as the setting, full of peculiarly British eccentrics and grotesques (including an entertaining Aleister Crowley, who returns from The Nazad Conspiracy), but is no worse for that. The story, concerning Lovecraftian goings-on, RAF experiments with acoustic mirrors, and melting ministers, is a rum old concoction, full of pulp fun and spirited (no pun intended) characters... The Scarifyers gentle, wry and occasionally creepy adventures deserve to continue, and we look forward to future exploits. --Death Ray Magazine

Cosmic Hobo should send me compensation as I broke out into fits of laughing in the high street, much to the consternation of passers by. Word of warning, if you're going to listen to this in public you may spend an inordinate time with a silly grin on your face. Having settled into their new characters Nicholas Courtney (Lionheart) and Terry Molloy (Dunning) put in even better performances the second time around. A professionally produced, well acted, funny yarn, which should entertain anyone from eight to eighty. This release is a little slice of audio perfection. --Sci-Fi Online

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Jun. 2015
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This is the second in the wonderful series of The Scarifyers, which I have come to belatedly, but which I am thoroughly enjoying catching up with. The series features Nicholas Courtney as Inspector Lionheart, and Terry Molloy as Professor Dunning. Together, they make up the team investigating weird and wonderful happenings for MI-13, in the late 1930s.

In this story, Lionheart and Dunning are called to investigate when a man, apparently of his own volition, leaves his boarding house and deliberately walks into the sea. The really strange part is when his body then melts. Lionheart and Dunning’s investigations lead them to scientific investigations being undertaken at an odd remote village on the Kent coast, and to the tale of an ancient evil, Shub-Niggurath. Why are there a number of odd deaths, apparently connected, and what does the ancient tale of Shub-Niggurath have to do with what’s now happening?

This is a great story; a wonderful blend of mystical and murderous. Lionheart and Dunning are wonderful characters, and Nicholas Courtney and Terry Molloy bring them to life perfectly. They are ably supported in this story by a tremendous cast. Special mention must go to David Benson who plays Charles De Saxe, Alexander Caulfield-Browne and Aleister Crowley. Every one of the parts he plays is voiced completely differently, and come across as completely individualised; David Benson’s ability to play these wildly different characters is perfect. Jack Fox as Peter Vanguard is perfect, as well; the dangerous tones of the character come across as delightfully sinister. A wonderful story, perfectly played. I look forward to the next story in series, For King and Country.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DC on 27 Feb. 2012
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If you have not discovered The Scarifyers this is a good place to start (or perhaps the second best place to start). All the stories are a hoot and the regulars in the cast all give fine performances. Frequently over the top, often ridiculous, but endlessly funny. These are the kind of stories that can be listened to over and over again.

The plot: Well set in the thirties, two old duffers form par of MI13. They investigate the odd, weird and downright bizarre and ghostly. The old world, straight-as-a-die, take-no-non-sense policeman Lionheart and the fish-out-of-water, author of "scary" books Prof. Dunning. Then you have Aleister Crowley (yup the Satanist), the "gorgeous" Mrs Willow, multi-legged goddess from the deep, a wicker fish and...and.. it's just funny. It ranges from a smirk, to a giggle to frequent guffaws. Well-written, nicely-paced and humorous throughout.

The Devil of Denge Marsh is my personal favourite. This is the sort of comedy drama that they don't make any more. If truth were told, they probably never did.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2012
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This is the second outing for the Scarifyers, investigators of all that is strange and paranormal played by the inestimable Nicholas Courtney as Lionheart and Terry Molloy as Dunning.

Riffing off popular horror stories and films, gently poking reverent fun at them, this production works on so many levels. First and foremost it is a comedy, but at its heart there is an interesting paranormal story which holds it all together. The story borrows heavily from the likes of Denis Wheatly, and has more than a few references to the Wicker Man. The humour is usually understated and hits the mark. The pastiche of Willow's seduction of Howie in the Wickerman had me in stitches. The two leads have a great chemistry and spark off each other. Special mention though must go to David Benson, who provides the voices of both Aleister Crowley in a short but spot on hilarious cameo, and Charles De-Saxe as a bumbling buffer villain.

While the 2 leads are both famously Dr. Who alumni, there is almost no reference to this, apart from one line from Lionheart that closely echoes the Brigadier's famous line from 'Battlefield'. As with Lionheart's line at the height of the action from 'The Nazad Conspiracy', I thought this was a nicely done reference to Courtney's previous incarnation.

Two episodes spread over 2 discs, total run time 96 minutes. Liner notes are limited to a cast list, chapter points and some cast photos. It is, in all, a perfect audio play and well worth getting. I look forward to hearing more of the adventures of Lionheart and Dunning in future releases.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Tipping Photography on 18 Aug. 2008
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This is the second exciting instalment of the Scarifyers - Professor Dunning and Inspector Lionheart, assisted in cameo once again by the wonderful Aleister Crowley, whom we discover that when not trolling the Astral Plane, makes his own honey!

Having now dispensed with the main character introductions and setting the scene in "The Nazad Conspiracy" we are launched straight away into the mystery of another inexplicable happening to investigate - an ex RAF flyer, now an aspiring new Government Minister, who walks into the sea and ....MELTS!

This story was penned by Paul Morris and the production ably directed by Simon Barnard. Nicholas Courtney and Terry Molloy once again sport the vocal mantle of our heroes.

This audiostory was a comical delight of an absurd concoction employing aspects of Lovecraftian Mythos, (notably "The Call of Cthulhu" , "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" and "The Dunwich Horror." - or should that be "The Dulwich Terror"!?!), strongly influenced by ... the Wickerman, with underlying Sci-fi Quatermas, east coast tones of the pre-WWII Audio Listening Concrete Sound Dishes, an abandoned old military site on lonely old marshes at Denge, with appropriate Ministry cover-ups and an isolated insular community with less than Christian inclinations! Fans of all these elements should glean intense hilarity from this odd amalgamation of stories. We are also introduced to a new comical element of Dunning's writers group - reminiscent of a parody of "The Inklings" with Tolkienesque and C S Lewis ribbing.

I promise you, after hearing this story you will NEVER view Brit Eckland's showpiece in the The Wickerman quite the same way again! Ilona MacDonald's portrayal of Mrs Willow has to be one of the productions highlights!
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