The Hellbound Heart

We have such sights – well, sounds – to show you…

Today marks thirty years since the UK release of Clive Barker’s horror classic, Hellraiser. So it seems a good day to announce that we’re producing a full-cast audio adaptation of the source novel, The Hellbound Heart.

Adapted by Paul Kane (Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell, Before) and with the approval of Clive Barker, The Hellbound Heart will be released in early 2018.

Paul Kane says: ‘I’m truly delighted and honoured to have been asked to bring my favourite book to life in a way that’s never been done before. I can’t wait till Hellraiser fans hear this fresh take on a horror classic!’

Colin Baker joins Baker’s End

Colin Baker – the Sixth Doctor himself – has joined the cast of Baker’s End!

The first series of Baker’s End starred acting legend Tom Baker as a fictionalised version of himself, who fakes his own death and returns to fight such terrible foes as Klacky the Dragon, the Sinister Presence and the Queen of Hell, all the while dressed as a giant cat. The third episode, Tatty Bogle, climaxed with Tom running into a blazing Book Tower, to save his magical library.

All looked bleak… but the King of Cats has nine lives! Now Colin Baker is stepping into the giant cat costume for a fourth adventure, The Happenstance Pox.

Writer Paul Magrs says: “Welcome to Happenstance, Colin Baker! How fantastic it was to see this wonderful actor relish the opportunity to do something that’s just unbridled silliness from beginning to end; to hear him relish the tongue twisters and florid nonsense of my dialogue; and to watch him leap unbounded into all the naughtiness. And how well he fitted in with our leading ladies – Sue and Katy – who welcomed him gleefully into our lovely gang.”

Baker’s End: The Happenstance Pox stars Colin Baker, Katy Manning and Susan Jameson, alongside Alastair Petrie (Rogue One, Utopia) and Margaret Cabourn-Smith (Miranda, John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme). It will be released on CD and download on October 6th 2017, and you can pre-order it here

Baker’s End 4

Tom Baker was last spotted running into a burning book tower at the end of Baker’s End: Tatty Bogle… so what happened next?

Changes are afoot at Baker’s End… all will be revealed this Wednesday 16th August!

Crowdfunding update

There have been some developments with our Blood on Satan’s Claw audio – good developments, we hope – which means that the crowdfunder has been delayed slightly. Production is still pushing ahead, and we should have some news next week.

In the meantime, you can listen to a brief snippet of Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith in Blood on Satan’s Claw here

Blood on Satan’s Claw

We’ve been keeping quiet about this for a while, but finally we’re very pleased to announce that we’re remaking ‘70s horror classic Blood on Satan’s Claw on audio… with Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith!

Adapted by horror writer Mark Morris, Blood on Satan’s Claw also stars the original film’s Angel Blake, Linda Hayden, alongside a stellar cast that includes Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Prevenge), John Heffernan (Ripper Street, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell), Ralph Ineson (The Witch, The Office) and Philip Hill-Pearson (Shameless, Good Cop).

Some scenes were recorded earlier this week, but we’ll be starting a crowdfunding campaign in coming weeks to finance the remainder of the project. Crowdfunders will be able to receive exclusive rewards by donating towards production costs. Keep an eye on our Facebook page in the next few days for more details.

Mark Gatiss says: “I first saw Blood on Satan’s Claw in the Friday night horror slot on Tyne Tees television, when I was a kid. I remember it vividly because it scared the life out of me. It’s so distinctly different. The pitch for the film is so strange, and it’s very much in that folk horror tradition: dark, bucolic, earthy and genuinely disquieting. It’s a fabulous tale.”

Linda Hayden added: “It’s lovely working with Reece Shearsmith and Mark Gatiss, as they’re huge fans of the film. I’m really honoured. It was always a really atmospheric piece, and the script to this new audio really captures that.”

Scriptwriter Mark Morris says: “I was first captivated by its unsettling, nightmarish atmosphere at the age of 12 or 13, since when it’s been one of my favourite horror films. I leaped at the chance, therefore, to adapt and expand the original screenplay for this new audio version, and from day one this has been a real labour of love. The calibre of the cast we’ve been able to attract to the project is phenomenal, and a testament to the film’s enduring impact. Blood on Satan’s Claw is back – and I’m incredibly proud, this time around, to be a part of it.”

Bafflegab Break

We’re taking a short break, until 17th July, so any CD orders in the meantime won’t be sent out until then. Downloads are unaffected.

The Gnomes of Death!

The tenth adventure for The Scarifyers is out today! After a decade spent fighting Cromwell, Rasputin, Nazis and inter-dimensional beings from the dawn of time, this time our heroes are battling actual garden gnomes. It’s better than it sounds, we promise.

If you like it, then please do leave a review on Amazon or elsewhere, it all helps. And if you still haven’t bought it, then hop to it! Then maybe we’ll make another one, and won’t take so long about it.

New York Radio Awards

We won a thing! In a glittering ceremony (we assume it was glittering, we didn’t go) at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York last night, Baker’s End: Gobbleknoll Hall picked up the Gold award for Best Audiobook. That’s best audiobook in the world!

Bafflegab previously won Gold at  the New York Festivals Awards in 2015, with The Brenda and Effie Mysteries. Baker’s End author, Paul Magrs, was mightily chuffed: ‘Oh frabjous day..! To win gold again is amazing! And this script in particular has ALL my favourite things in it – giant cats, haunted houses, glam rock stars, ghost hunters and Tom Baker down the pub!’

To celebrate we’re offering Gobbleknoll Hall for 50% off for the next week, so you can hear what all the fuss is about.

New website

Say hello to our new website! It’s now compatible with these snazzy new things they call mobile phones, and looks nicer too.

Do drop in from time to time, as we have a cornucopia of exciting releases to be announced in 2017 (well, four) – starting with the long-awaited return of The Scarifyers, on June 30th. And if you haven’t pre-ordered The Gnomes of Death yet, then what are you waiting for?