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**A monthly podcast of classic short stories narrated by author, C.J. Carter-Stephenson, with music by Kevin MacLeod and immersive sound effects.** Journey back to a time of horse-drawn carriages and fantastical inventions... the fiction of yesterday brought vividly to life by the technology of today.

**A monthly podcast of classic short stories narrated by author, C.J. Carter-Stephenson, with music by Kevin MacLeod and immersive sound effects.** Journey back to a time of horse-drawn carriages and fantastical inventions... the fiction of yesterday brought vividly to life by the technology of today.

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United Kingdom

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**A monthly podcast of classic short stories narrated by author, C.J. Carter-Stephenson, with music by Kevin MacLeod and immersive sound effects.** Journey back to a time of horse-drawn carriages and fantastical inventions... the fiction of yesterday brought vividly to life by the technology of today.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 12 - How An Old Man Lost His Wen

6/2/2019
Welcome one and all to episode 12 of Back of the Bookshelf, the final episode of our opening season. That's right, everyone, this little podcast of ours has made it to the end of its first year of content and is still going strong. We've uncovered some true literary gems on the journey and we'd like to thank you all for joining us. This time we are proud to present Yei Theodora Ozaki's How An Old Man Lost His Wen for your listening pleasure. It's a punchy little tale of demons and dancing...

Duration:00:12:04

Episode 11 - The Mortal Immortal: A Tale

5/10/2019
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be immortal? Well in our eleventh episode we provide an answer, courtesy of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's The Mortal Immortal: A Tale. Commissioned in 1833 for literary annual, The Keepsake, the story tells of a man who ceases to age when he drinks a strange concoction created by his master, Cornelius Agrippa. At first, he views his longevity as a gift, but as the years go on, his opinion begins to change. The title for the story came from...

Duration:01:27:38

Episode 10 - The Liverpool Mystery

4/1/2019
After a short hiatus, we're back with our tenth episode. It's a mystery this time in the tradition of the Sherlock Holmes and Hercules Poirot stories and was written by Baroness Emma Orczy of Scarlet Pimpernel fame. It's called The Liverpool Mystery, and as the title suggests, is set in the coastal city of Liverpool. Originally published in The Royal Magazine in June 1902, it was part of a series of stories featuring a character known only as the old man in the corner, who reveals the truth...

Duration:00:29:39

Episode 9 - A Strange Christmas Game

12/25/2018
Some people say Christmas is over-commercialised, but for us, it never loses its sheen, so for our ninth episode, released at midnight on 25th December 2018, we have embraced the tradition of the Christmas ghost story. The story we've chosen is A Strange Christmas Game by Charlotte Riddell, which was first published in The Broadway Annual at the close of 1867. It's set at Christmas, was published around Christmas and is steeped in Victorian atmosphere, so fits the bill perfectly. As for...

Duration:00:14:09

Episode 8 - The Legend of Sir Dinar

12/1/2018
Don your armour and saddle your horse, because in episode eight we're journeying back to the age of chivalry courtesy of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's classic Arthurian fantasy, The Legend of Sir Dinar. The story was originally published in The Speaker in 1891 under Quiller-Couch's pseudonym of Q. It is about the quest for the Holy Grail, but focuses on a lesser known knight called Sir Dinar, who is left at Camelot because of his inexperience. Sir Dinar is not happy about being excluded, and...

Duration:00:13:54

Episode 7 - The Higher Life

10/30/2018
In honour of Halloween, our seventh episode is a ghost story by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Braddon is remembered chiefly for her sensation novel, Lady Audley's Secret, a true classic of the genre, but left behind a considerable body of other work which is equally worthy of attention, as this story demonstrates. It's called The Higher Life and was originally published in 1907 in an anthology called Tales for the Homes. In it, we look back on the life of an old man as he approaches death and join...

Duration:00:15:50

Episode 6 - The Cone

10/1/2018
Few people have had a bigger impact on science fiction than the great H.G. Wells, who is our episode 6 author. His contributions to the genre are regularly adapted for stage and screen, and his debut novella The Time Machine is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. His other work is less well known, though equally accomplished, and it is from this that our story comes. It's called The Cone and was first published in Unicorn magazine in 1895. Originally intended to be the opening...

Duration:00:23:47

Episode 5 - A Masked Ball

9/1/2018
In this episode we return to 19th century Paris for Alexandre Dumas' A Masked Ball, which was originally published in 1833 in Scènes du Beau Monde. Dumas is loved the world over for his novels, which include classics like The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Man in the Iron Mask, but as he demonstrates here, he was equally adept at short stories. Intrigue, betrayal and heartache are skillfully woven together as the hero ventures into a high society den of debauchery and...

Duration:00:16:11

Episode 4 - The White Cat Of Drumgunniol

8/1/2018
Here at Back of the Bookshelf, we love a good ghost story, so for this week's episode we are giving you exactly that, courtesy of J. Sheridan Le Fanu, a true master of the genre. Le Fanu is most famous for his classic vampire novel, 'Carmilla', but in line with our mission statement, the story we have chosen is rather more obscure. It is called 'The White Cat of Drumgunniol' and was originally published in a weekly journal called 'All Year Round' on 2nd April 1870. It's about a family in...

Duration:01:06:47

Episode 3 - Into the Sun

7/1/2018
In episode three of the Back of the Bookshelf podcast, we whisk you away to 19th century San Francisco in Robert Duncan Milne's apocalyptic science fiction story, Into the Sun. Milne is a true Back of the Bookshelf author, whose work appeared primarily in local newspapers and magazines, so would very likely have been forgotten if Sam Moskowitz hadn’t introduced it to a new audience with his 1980 collection, Into the Sun and Other Stories. Fans of classic fiction will find much to endear them...

Duration:00:32:37

Episode 2 - The Jewels

6/1/2018
Episode two of the Back of the Bookshelf podcast, featuring a Guy de Maupassant story called The Jewels. As you might expect from the title, it's thematically similar to Maupassant's more famous The Necklace, but is arguably superior with its multifaceted approach. The characters and situations are easy to relate to and with our carefully selected sound effects you'll almost believe you've stepped back into 19th century Paris. The episode is narrated by C.J. Carter-Stephenson with music by...

Duration:00:13:46

Episode 1 - The Disintegration Machine

5/1/2018
Inaugural episode of the Back of the Bookshelf podcast, featuring a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle is best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, but here he writes about another memorable character, Professor Challenger, in a thrilling science fiction adventure. The story is narrated by author and actor, C.J. Carter-Stephenson, with music by Kevin MacLeod and an immersive soundscape. Join us now on a journey back to London of yesteryear, and if you like what you hear, please...

Duration:01:11:26