Mystery and Imagination (1966 series)

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Mystery and Imagination (1966 series)...


Mystery and Imagination is a British television anthology series of classic horror and supernatural dramas adapted from stories by writers like M.R. James, Edgar Allan Poe, Algernon Blackwood, Sheridan Le Fanu, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Robert Louis Stevenson....


  • Release Date: 1966-1970
  • Country/Language: UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Mystery, Drama, Anthology, black-and-white
  • Runtime: (generally formatted for a 1.5-hour television slot)
  • Starring: (various), apparently sometimes hosted by David Buck as "Richard Beckett", who would appear as a character in the episode he hosts
  • Director: (various)
  • Writer: (various)
  • Producer/Production Co: BBC, ABC Weekend Television, Independent Television (ITV)
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • View fragment of wiped/lost episode: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (perhaps equivalent of PG for mild Violence and occasional mild Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

This show apparently featured some decent adaptations of classic Gothic horror literature of the type that served as an inspiration for Lovecraft's fiction (such as stories by M.R. James, Edgar Allan Poe, Algernon Blackwood, Sheridan Le Fanu, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Robert Louis Stevenson), but really isn't particularly "Lovecraftian" on its own.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

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Synopses of Suggested Episodes

  • "The Lost Stradivarius" (Ep. 1x01) - A certain tune, played on a particular violin, invokes an evil eighteenth century occultist.
  • "The Fall of the House of Usher" (Ep. 1x03) - A young man seeks the woman he has fallen in love with at an isolated old house, and comes into conflict with her neurotic brother. By Edgar Allan Poe.
  • "Lost Hearts" (Ep. 1x06) - A young orphan is sent to live with his much older cousin, an alchemist obsessed with making himself immortal, and is troubled by visions of two ghostly children with their hearts missing. Written by M.R. James, the episode is lost but often regarded as one of the show's scariest stories.
  • "Room 13" (Ep. 2x01) - A man staying at a small Danish hotel is troubled by strange experiences related with Room 13, which does not seem to exist. By M.R. James.
  • "Casting the Runes" (Ep. 3x01) - A very easily angered sorceror never forgets a slight; as he is also a man capable of summoning demons from Hell to do his bidding, his quarrel with an annoying skeptic may have unfortunate consequences. By M.R. James. (See Curse of the Demon (1957 film) for an alternative adaptation.)
  • "The Listener" (Ep. 3x02) - A studious man who is hyper-sensitive to noise. Lodgings in a quiet cul-de-sac initially seem to be the answer, but he soon begins to suspect he is not alone when he is troubled by strange experiences. By Algernon Blackwood.
  • "The Telltale Heart" (Ep. 3x05) - A man has been murdered and buried under floorboards. But the killer keeps hearing his heart beating, ever more loudly. By Edgar Allan Poe.
  • "Frankenstein" (Ep. 4x02) - By Mary Shelley.
  • "Dracula" (Ep. 4x03) - By Bram Stoker.
  • "Curse of the Mummy" (Ep. 5x03) - By Bram Stoker.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • Only a handful of episodes of this programme survived BBC's practice of erasing and re-using old tapes up until the late 1970s.

Associated Mythos Elements

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