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Carl Stephenson’s classic story about a plantation owner who is pitted against an army of killer ants.

Carl Stephenson's classic story about a plantation owner who stubbornly refuses to leave his land when he is confronted by a seemingly unstoppable army of killer ants. But how long can he hang on for?

The Pan Book of Horror Stories was a paperback series of short story anthologies first published in 1959. The early editions were known for their lurid cover art and editor Herbert Van Thal’s pick of stories by new authors alongside classics of the genre. It was credited with introducing a new generation to the horror tradition – back in the 1960s, volumes were handed round in school playgrounds in the same way that kids trade computer games today.

The Second Pan Book Of Horror Stories, published in 1962, was considered to be one of the best. For Halloween season, writer Anita Sullivan has selected five from this edition for her own fresh interpretation.

Cast:
Leiningren……….Timothy Watson
Rica……………... .Kathryn Drysdale
Luiz………………..Adam James

Writer: Carl Stephenson
Adapted for radio by Anita Sullivan
Director: Karen Rose
Producer: Karen Rose
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4

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