The Vertical Ladder


Isolated, alone and paralyzed in an endless present………

“he felt the first watery eggs of sweat moistening the palms of his hands, as with every rung higher his body seemed to weigh more heavily. ……here he was, isolated on a vertical ladder flat to the side of a gas tank and bound now to climb higher and higher until he reached the vertiginous skyward summit”…..

What would you do?

Den Browne first read this story in a Pan horror collection when he was 12 and the tale has remained with him ever since.

Follow him as he retraces this giddy ascent and reads William Sansom’s ‘The Vertical Ladder’ for you…

With a dizzying soundscape by Jane Maskew

Not one to miss…

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