Benighted Philip and Margaret Waverton and their friend Roger Penderel are driving through the mountains of Wales when a torrential downpour washes away the road and forces them to seek shelter for the night Th

  • Title: Benighted
  • Author: J.B. Priestley
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  • Page: 500
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  • Philip and Margaret Waverton and their friend Roger Penderel are driving through the mountains of Wales when a torrential downpour washes away the road and forces them to seek shelter for the night They take refuge in an ancient, crumbling mansion inhabited by the strange and sinister Femm family and their brutish servant Morgan Determined to make the best of the circumsPhilip and Margaret Waverton and their friend Roger Penderel are driving through the mountains of Wales when a torrential downpour washes away the road and forces them to seek shelter for the night They take refuge in an ancient, crumbling mansion inhabited by the strange and sinister Femm family and their brutish servant Morgan Determined to make the best of the circumstances, the benighted travellers drink, talk, and play games to pass the time while the storm rages outside But as the night progresses and tensions rise, dangerous and unexpected secrets emerge On the house s top floor are two locked doors behind one of them lies the mysterious, unseen Sir Roderick Femm, and behind the other lurks an unspeakable terror Which is deadly the apocalyptic storm outside the house or the unknown horrors that await within And will any of them survive the night

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  • J.B. Priestley

    John Boynton Priestley, the son of a schoolmaster, was born in Bradford in September 1894, and after schooling he worked for a time in the local wool trade Following the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, Priestley joined the British Army, and was sent to France in 1915 taking part in the Battle of Loos After being wounded in 1917 Priestley returned to England for six months then, after going back to the Western Front he suffered the consequences of a German gas attack, and, treated at Rouen, he was declared unfit for active service and was transferred to the Entertainers Section of the British Army When Priestley left the army he studied at Cambridge University, where he completed a degree in Modern History and Political Science Subsequently he found work as theatre reviewer with the Daily News, and also contributed to the Spectator, the Challenge and Nineteenth Century His earliest books included The English Comic Characters 1925 , The English Novel 1927 , and English Humour 1928 His breakthrough came with the immensely popular novel The Good Companions, published in 1929, and Angel Pavement followed in 1930 He emerged, too, as a successful dramatist with such plays as Dangerous Corner 1932 , Time and the Conways 1937 , When We Are Married 1938 and An Inspector Calls 1947 The publication of English Journey in 1934 emphasised Priestley s concern for social problems and the welfare of ordinary people.During the Second World War Priestley became a popular and influential broadcaster with his famous Postscripts that followed the nine o clock news BBC Radio on Sunday evenings Starting on 5th June 1940, Priestley built up such a following that after a few months it was estimated that around 40 per cent of the adult population in Britain was listening to the programme.Some members of the Conservative Party, including Winston Churchill, expressed concern that Priestley might be expressing left wing views on the programme, and, to his dismay, Priestley was dropped after his talk on 20th October 1940 After the war Priestley continued his writing, and his work invariably provoked thought, and his views were always expressed in his blunt Yorkshire style.His prolific output continued right up to his final years, and to the end he remained the great literary all rounder His favourite amiong his books was for many years the novel Bright Day, though he later said he had come to prefer The Image Men.It should not be overlooked that Priestley was an outstanding essayist, and many of his short pieces best capture his passions and his great talent and his mastery of the English language He set a fine example for any would be author.


  • The Old Dark House is one novel any horror literature fan should take the time to read. It's not that long and takes place in the course of one evening. Written by J.P. Priestly in 1927, it was published in the United States as The Old Dark House, but originally as Benighted (the title you can find it at through Valancourt Books). It was filmed as The Old Dark House in 1932 and can be purchased on Blu-Ray.Philip Waverton, his wife Margaret and their friend Roger Penderel are traveling across Wal [...]

  • VON DER NACHT ÜBERRASCHT beginnt atmosphärisch-klischeehaft damit, dass ein verheiratetes Paar und ein Bekannter während einer walisischen Unwetternacht Zuflucht in einem abgelegenen Haus suchen müssen. Man wird schon beim Lesen tropfnass und fürchtet um die Gesundheit angesichts der Fahrkünste des Gatten. Die Straßen werden überflutet und von Schlammlawinen unbefahrbar gemacht und kaum ist den drei Notleidenden widerwillig Einlass gewährt worden, finden sich zwei weitere Reisende schut [...]

  • A quick read, and a very pleasant surprise! At turns funny, suspenseful, poignant and frightening, BENIGHTED kept me riveted until I reached the last page. Priestley's insight into the psyches of his characters is profound, and at times I marveled that this had been written in the 20s, some of the psychology seemed so modern, and yet so timeless simultaneously. So many of the characters' astute observations could be applied to the world as it is now nearly 90 years later. I was left with a feeli [...]

  • Although little read today, J.B. Priestley was one of the most prolific and popular British literary figures of the 20th century. He began to make his mark as a theater critic before publishing his first two novels in 1927. One of those was Benighted, his entry into the then popular genre of the Old Dark House horror story. The novel was retitled The Old Dark House for U.S. publication and filmed under that name by James Whale in 1932.In an Old Dark House story, a group of mismatched characters, [...]

  • We're super excited by this news! One of our favorite releases of the past few years, J.B. Priestley's BENIGHTED, has been adapted for the stage and will debut in December. If you're in London, you won't want to miss it! More here.

  • My early review of this was lame, and this one ain't like to get much lamer, but I felt I should say a little something about it. In the time since I first read this book, it was acquired for reissue by the fine folks at Valancourt Books, who were kind enough to ask me to do the introduction for it, which I was more than happy to do. That's the edition that this review should be linking to now, and it's the edition that I recommend you pick up, and I do recommend picking it up, because, besides [...]

  • I bought this book because I enjoyed the James Whale film adaptation, The Old Dark House. Atmospheric and amusing as the film is, the book (naturally) is better.There are no gruesome shocks in the way of modern horror but, if you let your imagination put you in the shoes of the lonely travellers who find themselves stranded in the strange old Femm house, it is really creepy and horripilating.Priestley is able to go inside his characters thoughts and history in much more depth than Whale was able [...]

  • Of all things, I'm reminded of Of Human Bondage; there's a certain compelling unhappiness to Penderel and the Wavertons, a mannerly sorrow. It felt like watching classic horror/suspense, but there's a lot of development that I wouldn't expect to be given the same weight on film; I'm curious to see the movie, now, and may catch it for the Feast of the Long Shadows.I found the denouement a bit abrupt, but I think if it had actually been played out I would have found it dragged on (actually, if it [...]

  • Back in 2003, I first saw the original 1932 film THE OLD DARK HOUSE, and I desperately wanted to read the original source material, BENIGHTED. This proved to be quite a problem because the book had been out of print for many years and buying a collector's copy would prove very expensive. So, for the past ten-years, this has been my Holy Grail book. Imagine my excitement when I learned that it had recently been returned to the publication list. Suffice it to say that it proved worth the wait.I ha [...]

  • This old book surprisingly does little to date itself and has great messages, in addition to being quite entertaining. it is easy reading, but has quite a bit of depth. There is nothing supernatural going on, just an evil/disturbed family in a old house, with 5 unwelcome guests seeking shelter from a terrible storm, flooding, and landslides. If I were you, I'd read the book first, then rent/buy the movie with Boris Karloff. Movie/book spoiler: (view spoiler)[The movie has a Hollywood ending, and [...]

  • This is the third book by Priestley I have read- the others being the novel 'the magicians' and the collection of short stories 'the other place'. I have never been disappointed by his writing- his style, use of language, plotting and characterization are all excellent.This short novel is no exception. I couldn't keep from reading it- it was compulsively well written. It is an early novel by Priestley, and a 'old dark house' tale: a group of travellers take shelter in a mysterious house, possess [...]

  • Benighted is quite well-written and timeless in many ways. It tends toward philosophy, psychology, and introspection more than I was expecting, and as a result, it is also relatively slow-moving, though it's such a short novel, that's less of an issue than it might have been. Sometimes characters act in maddening ways-- repeatedly splitting up, for instance. (There's one example of this that I found particularly annoying, but it's a major spoiler, so I'll put that behind a spoiler warning, furth [...]

  • "This is yet another book which I have spent my precious reading time on this year which features a Party of Roving Twits. You probably know the kind, even if you haven't read any of the abominable thrillers of the '20s and '30s which feature the archetype (and which I keep reading because I'm an idiot with high hopes). Everyone who isn't a pretentious asshat is foppish and disengaged to the point of inducing aneurysm. I tried to find conversations between the protagonists that were both interes [...]

  • Valancourt Books, traditionally specializing in fiction of Edwardian era and older, has recently started printing new editions of excellent but forgotten 20th century novels. I, of course, have written introductions for a number of the books of John Blackburn (Bury Him Darkly, Broken Boy and Nothing but the Night for starters), but there are plenty of other intriguing books that Valancourt has been releasing, as well.One that caught my eye was J.B. Priestley‘s short 1927 novel Benighted.This w [...]

  • One of my Halloween traditions is to watch the pre-code film “The Old, Dark House.” I didn’t discover this until I was an adult due to the film having been lost for many years. Directed by one of my favorite directors, James Whale (“Frankenstein,” “Bride of Frankenstein,” etc.) and including such stars as Charles Laughton and Gloria Stuart (“Titanic,” “The Invisible Man) it’s a bit of campy fun, yet sends a few shivers down your spine. This year I noticed that the film was [...]

  • In a nutshell: Two groups of travellers seek shelter in an old mansion in the mountains of Wales when the road washes out during a rainstorm. The mansion is occupied by the eccentric Femm family, who reluctantly admit the travellers to their home, and their mute servant Morgan. The travellers become increasingly uneasy about their situation as Morgan becomes drunk, their hosts hint at the danger they are all in and their behavior becomes increasingly bizarre, and the lights go out.Some great des [...]

  • Good read. A real "old dark house" thriller. In fact "The Old Dark House" was the title used in the 1932 flick starring Melvyn Douglas, Ernest Thesiger and Boris Karloff. Hard book to find when I read it several years ago, but I see it's been published again and is available on . Standard genre plot of travelers being stranded in a downpour and seeking shelter in a Munsters TV episode type mansion. Naturally the house is full of creepy occupants and a maniacal deformed butler. Well worth reading [...]

  • The writing gets four stars with a fifth for such an excellent premise. The creepy old house, the nutball family, the menacing, dumb brute of a butler. The stranded travelers stopping for the night I love the setup so much.The writing starts off light and breezy, and is thoroughly enjoyable, but the pace and quality slackens off in places, particularly (curiously) in scenes with two of the women by themselves. At a couple of places, the reading was laborious, and I'm disappointed that the narrat [...]

  • Priestley's second novel, published the same year as his first (Adam in Moonshine) although he'd been writing other books for several years. The whole story takes place over one night, 2 groups of travellers are stranded at an "old dark house" where they begin to realise that the inhabitants aren't quite all that they seem. This isn't however really a horror/ Thriller novel although there are couple of exciting chapters, Priestley is more concerned about the group of travellers and why they are [...]

  • Would have been a 4 star, but it does have a really quite archaic attitude to mental health that I find it a little hard to overcome. I'm being a stickler though and in terms of being a good mystery book, Benighted definitely fits the bill and I did find it eerie, atmospheric and entertaining.

  • Actually, I would give it 4 1/2 starsad it because it's the book that the movie The Old Dark House is based on (which got me on my passing Priestley kick). Had to have it special-ordered from my library, since copies apparently are sparse.

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