“It demands your full concentration and, as a story, it will stay with me for a long time.  I cannot fault it. 10/10” – The Cult Den

Twin Points is a short story written by Neil Gardner, award-winning radio & audio writer/producer/director, from an original idea by Tanja Glittenberg. It is a dark thriller, with descriptions of a horrific nature, a contemplation on responsibility, empathy and understanding.

WARNING: Contains some descriptions of a horrific nature


Read by legendary actor, writer & comedian MICHAEL FENTON STEVENS (Spitting Image, KYTV, Radio Active, Doctors, Nighty Night)

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Michael Fenton Stevens


Neil Gardner


Neil Gardner


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2 reviews for Twin Points

  1. SpokenworldBoss

    “It demands your full concentration and, as a story, it will stay with me for a long time. I cannot fault it. 10/10” – The Cult Den

  2. Susan Omand

    Twin Points is a short story by Neil Gardner and is a departure in style from the contemplative science fiction of his that I have listened to before.

    A man is returning home from work and is somehow forced to walk down a dingy alleyway, lit only by flickering pools of light from the street lamps above. In the distance he can see twin points of light shining. As he steps into the first pool of light he is subject to the most intense pain. He staggers forward and the pain subsides as he leaves the light. As his journey down the alley progresses, the horrific pain and graphic torture increase as he staggers from lamp to lamp, only subsiding as he reaches the darkness between. What is causing this pain, this anguish? Hallucination? Psychological trauma? Alien abduction? And why? What has he done to deserve this?

    All questions are answered at the end of the story, and the ending is the reason I listened to this twice before writing the review, because it totally changed how I felt about the man.

    The first time I listened to it, I picked up on and empathised with the man’s confusion and terror of the unknown, as I followed with him step by step he makes his way along the alley. The suffering and anguish are graphic, but not over-described, leaving a lot to the imagination making it even more shocking. The smooth voice and matter-of-fact attitude in the voice of the perpetrator of this torture, along with the breaks in the darkness between the lighted hells, help to throw the contrast between the two into sharp relief.

    With the second listen through, knowing the ending, my empathy for the man changed completely – knowing what was happening to him and why, I felt he needed to feel the pain, the confusion, the terror – that it was justified. I will not give any more away, because you need to listen to this story and experience this shift for yourselves.

    Production-wise, the choice of actor Michael Fenton Stevens to read it gives the narration just the right level of gravitas and the music adds a lot to the edginess and general feeling of discomfort and disturbance that the story conveys. In a word… brilliant.

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