Ancient Sorceries is arguably the finest tale in Algernon Blackwood's 1908 collection 'John Silence: Physician Extraordinary'.Arthur Vezin is a quiet, unassuming man with an incredible story. While on a train in northern France headed home from a vacation, Vezin has the sudden, uncontrollable urge to get off the train. As he is disembarking, another passenger warns him in French something about sleeping and cats. Vezin disregards the advice and continues on towards a quiet little hill town to find an inn to stay overnight.There is something wrong with the people of the town – with the whole town itself – but Vezin can’t quite figure it out. After a pleasant night’s sleep, Vezin can’t make himself leave in the morning. Something is inexplicably holding him there. When the proprietress’ beautiful daughter begins to seduce Vezin to stay, he vows to uncover the mysteries of the townspeople – with terrifying results...This unabridged four part reading was commissioned especially for BBC7, and is read by Philip Madoc.