Welcome to Part Six of the latest audio entertainment in our series Tales for Our Time: The Island of Dr Moreau. H G Wells' horrific exploration of man's repudiation of biology speaks to us still a century-and-a-quarter on. Last night's episode, for example, completely shattered the safe space of a First Day Founding Member of The Mark Steyn Club, Marc Swerdloff:
The desperate scramble back to the pseudo safety of the scream filled hut in part 5 of the Island of Dr. Moreau had me as terrified as any Hitchcock shower scene. Well done Mr.Steyn. I need to catch my breath and steady my nerves before I dare turn off my bedroom lights.
Well, we'll try not to trigger you too often as our story proceeds, Marc. In tonight's episode Prendick determines to see for himself just what's going on in the House of Pain:
I rose, and in three steps had crossed the room, seized the handle of the door into the yard, and flung it open before me.
"Prendick, man! Stop!" cried Montgomery, intervening.
A startled deerhound yelped and snarled. There was blood, I saw, in the sink,â€”brown, and some scarletâ€”and I smelt the peculiar smell of carbolic acid. Then through an open doorway beyond, in the dim light of the shadow, I saw something bound painfully upon a framework, scarred, red, and bandaged; and then blotting this out appeared the face of old Moreau, white and terrible. In a moment he had gripped me by the shoulder with a hand that was smeared red, had twisted me off my feet, and flung me headlong back into my own room. He lifted me as though I was a little child. I fell at full length upon the floor, and the door slammed and shut out the passionate intensity of his face. Then I heard the key turn in the lock, and Montgomery's voice in expostulation.
"Ruin the work of a lifetime," I heard Moreau say.
"He does not understand," said Montgomery.
If you're one of that brave band who prefer me in vision, I'll be back with Tucker Carlson tomorrow evening, Thursday, coast to coast across America at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. Hope you'll tune in. And, of course, an hour or so before that we'll be right here with Part Seven of The Island of Dr Moreau.
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