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The greatest stories of classic lit...without actually having to read the books. From the creators of Myths and Legends, comes an altogether same-but-different podcast set in the world of classic lit. These are the stories of Dracula, The Time Machine, The Three Musketeers. They're stories written by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and H.P. Lovecraft, but with a casual, modern tone. Listen as Jason and Carissa Weiser breathe new life into the classics and tell the stories of some of the greatest books ever written.

The greatest stories of classic lit...without actually having to read the books. From the creators of Myths and Legends, comes an altogether same-but-different podcast set in the world of classic lit. These are the stories of Dracula, The Time Machine, The Three Musketeers. They're stories written by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and H.P. Lovecraft, but with a casual, modern tone. Listen as Jason and Carissa Weiser breathe new life into the classics and tell the stories of some of the greatest books ever written.
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The greatest stories of classic lit...without actually having to read the books. From the creators of Myths and Legends, comes an altogether same-but-different podcast set in the world of classic lit. These are the stories of Dracula, The Time Machine, The Three Musketeers. They're stories written by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and H.P. Lovecraft, but with a casual, modern tone. Listen as Jason and Carissa Weiser breathe new life into the classics and tell the stories of some of the greatest books ever written.

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Frankenstein: Enough (Part 2 of 2)

4/9/2018
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On the season 2 finale, Victor Frankenstein's creation is responsible for two deaths, but Victor fears that the body count isn't close to being finished. The battle between creator and creation will stretch over multiple continents, destroying lives and bringing up questions of our responsibility toward our creations, arrogance, and what it means to live a good life. !!! We're up for a Webby People's Voice award! If you're going to vote, we ask that you please vote for Myths and Legends....

Duration:00:54:46

Prometheus

4/2/2018
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A lurching green monster that's afraid of fire with bolts in his neck. A hunchback assistant named Igor. A menacing, mustache twirling doctor. None of those things are in this episode. Instead, we have an eight-foot-tall introspective giant, a thoughtful, if dangerously ambitious child who doesn't understand the enormity of the task he's undertaking, and a world that's not ready for the consequences of one young man's thoughtless genius. -- Fan of the show? Leave a review on Apple...

Duration:00:37:37

Promises

3/26/2018
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A couple in early 1800s Louisiana is headed home when they spot something unusual by a pillar, something that will change their lives, and the lives of the most powerful family in town, forever. -- Sponsor: You have to check out Masterclass. You can learn from professionally produced videos of people who are (literally) the best in the world at their craft. Try the All-Access pass at http://www.masterclass.com/fictional to unlock every class for the price of just two. -- Music: "When...

Duration:00:28:39

Winter is Coming

3/19/2018
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Two stories by the U.S. writer O. Henry. In the first, a young woman is dying, pinning her hopes to a leaf dangling on a branch. In the second, ol' Soapy, a homeless man in New York City, is gearing up for a trip to his summer home: prison. A warm bed, three meals a day, and safety from harassment by people on the street. The only problem? He can't seem to get himself thrown in there. -- Sponsors: Casper, seriously, is the most comfortable mattress I've ever used. You can try it out 100...

Duration:00:32:56

Madhouse

3/12/2018
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Our humble hero just wanted to swing by a remote mental institution in the south of France on his way back home to America. He was just going to spend one night in the self-described madhouse to sate his curiosity/gawk at the mentally ill. What could be wrong with spending one night in a rural private 1800s insane asylum without a means of escape? You know, besides every word in that sentence. --- Sponsor: Check out Masterclass. You can learn from professionally produced videos of...

Duration:00:28:11

Fourteen Years Gone (Part 3 of 3)

3/5/2018
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When we last left Edmond, he was about to hit the rock and start his escape from Chateau d'If when he heard a scream from his friend's cell. This week, we'll see how he finally manages to get out of the inescapable prison...and what happened to his world after a decade and a half of his absence. "Egregia" by Blue Dot Sessions "Halflight" by Podington Bear "Slough" by Podington Bear "Topslides" by Blue Dot Sessions "Tralaga" by Blue Dot Sessions "Velejo" by Blue Dot...

Duration:00:39:01

Prisoner 34 (Part 2 of 3)

2/26/2018
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Edmond is in prison and his enemies are celebrating, but something else is coming from Elba that will change their world yet again and make them fear the man they sent to Chateau d'If. Sponsors: Our Casper is so comfortable that I can't wait to go to bed. It's so comfortable that we bought our son one when he moved to his "big kid" bed and now we all sleep better because our three-year-old does. You have to try it. And you can! 100 nights risk-free. Check out...

Duration:00:38:58

Among Friends

2/19/2018
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Edmond Dantes returns to France as a captain. He has just received a promotion, and soon he will be marrying the love of his life: the beautiful Mercedes. The only issue? He doesn't realize that he has enemies, and that the last request of his dying captain - simply delivering a letter - could change his life forever. "The Count of Monte Cristo" is absolutely in the top 10 for all-time favorite books. It has everything, and it's so intricately woven together that you just get lost in it....

Duration:00:40:26

Undercover

2/12/2018
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Watson is happily married and hasn't spoken to Sherlock in months and hasn't been on a mystery in nearly a year. The craziest his life gets now is an abnormal patient or some sensational news story. That's all about to change when the distraught wife of a friend comes to his house late one Thursday night, leading to a late night trip to an opium den and a shocking discovery. Music: "An Opus in Bb" by Blue Dot Sessions "Cab Ride" by Blue Dot Sessions "Colrain" by Blue Dot...

Duration:00:34:51

Look Alive

2/5/2018
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In this story by acclaimed science fiction author Philip K. Dick, the author behind last season's "Therein Lies the Wub", a man in 1950s middle America emerges from working in his basement all day to find something horrifying in the center of town, but the strangest thing? No one seems to have a problem with it but him. ----- Sponsors! A massive thanks to Audible for sponsoring us this week. As you know, you can listen to a great story anywhere, and Audible lets you do just that. Go to...

Duration:00:33:08

Sound and Fury (Part 2 of 2)

12/26/2017
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Last week, Macbeth killed his king, his friend, and more. If only he could stop there. Just a note, this is the season finale of Fictional. Stay subscribed, though, because we'll be back in six weeks with season two! Sponsor: Check out http://www.zola.com/fictional for an awesome way to do your wedding registry. Seriously, I wish we used it when we got married. Go to that link to get a $50 credit toward your registry. Music: "Entrance Shaft 11" by Blue Dot Sessions "Kallaloe" by Blue...

Duration:00:37:41

Toil and Trouble (Part 1 of 2)

12/11/2017
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Macbeth is a story about ambition and violence. Given a prophecy that he will become king, Macbeth finds himself both drawn to and repulsed by the desire that grows within him. On one hand, he could do so much as king: his name would live on forever. On the other, he is a loyal, kind, and just man...and for him to become king, the current king, his cousin and the man he has fought for and killed for, would have to die. Sponsor: Hello Fresh is fantastic. When we sit down to eat a Hello...

Duration:00:33:52

Therein Lies the Wub

11/27/2017
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A routine trip to Mars turns out to be anything but when a ship headed back to earth allows one last passenger aboard. That's...really all I can say about the story "Beyond lies the Wub" by Philip K. Dick. Few authors can boast the sci-fi pedigree of Philip K. Dick. Even if you've never read one of his books, you've heard one of his stories. Blade Runner, Total Recall, The Man in the High Castle, Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau make up just some of the stories...

Duration:00:34:36

Nightmares (Part 2 of 2)

11/13/2017
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Professor Angell is dead, but the story of Cthulhu is just beginning. As it turns out, Angell had an heir, and as the young man is sifting through his late uncle's possessions, he's about to find something that will change his world forever. Meanwhile, Captain Johansen returned to Sydney. The last we saw him, he was captain of a ship with seven friends. He'll return a sole survivor, forever changed by the horrors he witnessed. Today's episode was adapted from "The Call of Cthulhu" by H.P....

Duration:00:45:21

Dead Cthulhu Waits Dreaming

10/30/2017
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An adaptation of perhaps the most famous story from one of the most important horror writers of the 20th century. H.P. Lovecraft has inspired writers from Neil Gaiman to Stephen King, and this dark tale of chthonic monsters, fanatical cultists, and a secret that has stayed hidden since the dawn of humanity is equal parts mystery and horror. Sponsor: Hello Fresh! I literally just had a meal from a Hello Fresh box and it was fantastic. To get $30 off your first box, go to...

Duration:00:35:32

With a Whimper (Part 2 of 2)

10/16/2017
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Where we left our intrepid, overdressed traveller, he was taking a break from the heat in the ruins of humanity all around him, looking down into the cool darkness...when he saw red eyes open and stare back at him, hinting that there may be more lurking in the future of humanity than he thought. --- Sponsor: Check out http://www.audible.com/fictional for a free audiobook and a 30-day trial membership! --- Music: "Mknt" "Emmit Sprak" "Holo" "In-Passage" "Nervous Whisp" "Purple...

Duration:00:39:24

Inspector Spacetime (Part 1 of 2)

10/3/2017
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"The Time Machine" is a book written by the father of science fiction, H.G. Wells. This is a book so famous that it actually coined the phrase "time machine" to refer to a machine that travels through time. It is a short but sprawling book, flinging mankind into the farthest future where we see how the consequences of our actions today can affect the world for millennia. It still holds up, too. It's a little more plot- and concept-heavy than today's novels, but it's a fascinating story...

Duration:00:43:12

Race to the Bottom (Part 2)

9/18/2017
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If you were worried that we only have three circles left, well, don't worry. Dante must have felt the same way, because he sub-divides the last two circles into 12 circles, nearly double the number of circles that came before it. Anyway, it's as weird and as wonderful/horrific as last time, so if you liked that episode, listen to how everything ends up! --- Want to help us out? Go to http://www.podsurvey.com/fictional to take a really quick survey! --- Theme and select other music by...

Duration:00:39:43

Burning Ring of Fire (Part 1)

9/4/2017
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Dante's Inferno is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri in the 1300s as the first part in a much longer work called "The Divine Comedy". It's not a comedy in the "ha ha" sense of the word, but comedy because it starts bad and ends well. Dante travels down through Hell, then up into Purgatory and finally Paradise. Hell, in my opinion, is the most interesting area because it's full of weird characters and crazy punishments. This episode is probably too fun for one that has two characters...

Duration:00:33:11

The Devil went Down to Cornwall

8/22/2017
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Sherlock just wants to take a vacation and not be bothered by mysteries. Just kidding. Sherlock lives for mysteries. Lucky for him (and really only him), even when they get out London they can still manage to get in to a situation with a dead body or two. Want to really help out the show? Take a few minutes and leave a review in Apple Podcasts! Check it out at http://apple.fictional.fm ----- Music: Theme song and other music by Breakmaster Cylinder

Duration:00:40:20