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Episode 6 - The Cone

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...


Episode 5 - A Masked Ball

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...


Episode 4 - The White Cat Of Drumgunniol

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...


Episode 3 - Into the Sun

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...


Episode 2 - The Jewels

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...


Episode 1 - The Disintegration Machine

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...