‘Hello? I don’t know if anyone can hear this broadcast – the signal’s terrible, a stormhead’s gathering, causing interference. I know you’re out there, Stephen, that you might be monitoring this wavelength –
‘I heard something … hold on.
‘I had to look, I thought I heard … The sun’s setting. I don’t have much time.
‘Stephen – anyone – if you’re listening, this is Rodney Statham, Professor Rodney Statham of the Imperial College research team. We were recording the flora and fauna of Slaughter Bay. We arrived seven days ago, a group of five research scientists, two local guides – Burnum and Daku … They were brothers, Stephen. Their poor mother –
‘There! I’m certain this time. Something outside the hut –
‘Stephen, if you hear this, if a rescue party is coming from the mainland – you must stop them!
‘God, that awful smell! Hawthorn and corpses. One’s coming under the door! Another! They’re on me, they -‘