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We all deserve a bedtime story. A few last words to carry with us into the darkness. I am Adrian Ward, KBE, ES (Alds), 51st Vice Chancellor of the University of Aldergate, invalid, human parasite, and lover of bizarre and macabre fiction. From Lovecraft and Poe to the hidden army of lesser craftsmen of the penny dreadful and ha'penny horrible, I have developed a deep affection for things better left alone. And I would like to share them with you.

We all deserve a bedtime story. A few last words to carry with us into the darkness. I am Adrian Ward, KBE, ES (Alds), 51st Vice Chancellor of the University of Aldergate, invalid, human parasite, and lover of bizarre and macabre fiction. From Lovecraft and Poe to the hidden army of lesser craftsmen of the penny dreadful and ha'penny horrible, I have developed a deep affection for things better left alone. And I would like to share them with you.
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We all deserve a bedtime story. A few last words to carry with us into the darkness. I am Adrian Ward, KBE, ES (Alds), 51st Vice Chancellor of the University of Aldergate, invalid, human parasite, and lover of bizarre and macabre fiction. From Lovecraft and Poe to the hidden army of lesser craftsmen of the penny dreadful and ha'penny horrible, I have developed a deep affection for things better left alone. And I would like to share them with you.

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Episodes

D7P6 - Night of the Dawn of an Era - www.TheAldergatePapers.com

7/8/2018
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Day 7, Part 6: Night of the Dawn of an Era - Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. Lucky crowned head, I say - it seems mine doesn't get to lie down at all. The hand that wears the Vice-Chancellor's ring is up 'til all hours recording a memorable meal ... and the remarkable guests in attendance. The University Council will be a handful to wrangle and no mistake. Still, I'm sure I'll manage - if they don't kill me first. Which one of them almost certainly will... For more, visit...

Duration:00:37:13

D7P5 - Rendezvous at the Aldergate Museum

6/24/2018
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Day 7, Part 5: Rendezvous at the Aldergate Museum - The Aldergate Museum contains a unique and infamous trove of arts and artifacts, but the museum itself has a history as long and strange as the collection it contains. It's also neutral territory for the University - which makes it the perfect place to hold my first meeting with the University Council. As luck would have it, the Musical Egg - the friendliest of my little personal collection of hallucinations - has decided to accompany me...

Duration:00:30:59

D7P4 - Heavy Traffic on Memory Lane

6/10/2018
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Day 7, Part 4: Heavy Traffic on Memory Lane - The shortest distance between two points is never a straight line - not in Aldergate. To get to my first meeting with the University Council I've got to traverse miles of twisty medieval streets and decades - if not centuries - of troublesome history, my own and otherwise. Looking back now, I can see that getting the job of Vice-Chancellor was, perhaps, too easy. Doing the job, however ... that promises to be quite another matter. For more,...

Duration:01:28:14

D7P3 - Vivat Rex and Curat Lex

5/27/2018
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Day 7, Part 3: Vivat Rex and Curat Lex - All hail me! The die is cast, the ceremony is complete, and the internet is loving it. Do I wish that the world cared more about my historic inauguration than about Aldergate's student bodies? Yes, I do wish that. But no matter. Sammie's murder is still a secret, my tracks remain covered, and Sir Adrian Ward is now officially the 51st Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aldergate. Now I'm off to a banquet with the University Council - or I will be,...

Duration:01:25:37

D7P2 - The Morning Before History

5/13/2018
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Day 7, Part 2: The Morning Before History - The day has come at last. I didn't think I'd live to see it - and I may not live long enough to enjoy it - but here we are. It's inauguration day, and in a few short hours I shall officially become the 51st Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aldergate. Will this solve a single one of my problems? It will not. Will it give me yet more to worry about? It will. Do I have to wear a silly robe and get dragged about in the pouring rain by the dead...

Duration:01:21:04

D7P1 - The Self Unknown

4/29/2018
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Day 7, Part 1: The Self Unknown - Mysteries are more fun when they happen to other people. It's not that I enjoyed the prospect of starving to death in my own basement; really, I'm awfully glad to have escaped. I only wish that I had some idea of how I did it. At least this time OtherWard - the self who isn't me - decided to be helpful, rather than nearly killing me. Nevertheless, he remains an uninvited guest. I shall have to learn more about him. Specifically, how to rid myself of him...

Duration:01:20:42

D5/6P2 - Entombed!

4/15/2018
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Day 5 or 6, Part 2: Entombed! - Is this the end? Trapped by unknown enemies in my own cellar, battered and starving, stalked by shadows and haunted by echoes ... is this the final chapter in the strange life of Adrian Ward. No, no it isn't, but it's a pretty dashed tense and unpleasant one, and I've really no idea how I'm going to get out of it. For more, visit www.TheAldergatePapers.com

Duration:01:21:41

D5/6P1 - De Profundis

4/1/2018
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Day 5 or 6, Part 1: De Profundis - Oh dear. And things were going so well. What ought to have been a simple midnight snack has become a matter of life or gruesome death. After hours - perhaps days? - spent trapped in the decaying darkness of the Manse's cellar, I'll be lucky if I ever see daylight again ... or, perhaps, unlucky. For more, visit www.TheAldergatePapers.com

Duration:01:21:00

D4P5 - A Clue with a View

3/18/2018
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Day 4, Part 5: A Clue with a View - Near-death experiences have a wonderful way of focusing the mind ... and mine was badly in need of a bit of focus. Having once more cheated the reaper, super-sleuth Adrian Ward returns to Gambrel College in search of Sammie's secrets. But success - however unexpected - may be fleeting. Things are about to take a sticky turn... For more, visit www.TheAldergatePapers.com

Duration:01:26:42

D4P2 - The Facts in the Case of S. Brayden

2/4/2018
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Day 4, Part 1: The Facts in the Case of S. Brayden - All clouds have silver linings, even the ones that conspired to ruin a favorite pair of shoes. If that nightmare hadn't turned me into a soaking, bleeding refugee from my own cowardice, I'd not have had the chance to really dig into the mystery surrounding my old pal Sammie ... and I don't just mean her murder. For more, visit www.TheAldergatePapers.com

Duration:01:36:51

D4P1 - A Midwinter Night's Mare

1/21/2018
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Day 4, Part 1: A Midwinter Night's Mare - Can't stand dreams. Awful things, make you feel so utterly helpless. Death by fire ... death by water ... it's bad enough that they follow me about during waking hours, a chap's bed ought to be his refuge. But it's not all bad, I suppose. If it weren't for that nightmare, I'd never have met Parata... For more, visit www.TheAldergatePapers.com

Duration:01:35:36

D3P3 - Setting the Scene of the Crime

1/7/2018
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Day 3, Part 3: Setting the Scene of the Crime - It's a new year ... and how better to ring in the new than with a visit to the place where Sammie's body was found? Bits of it, at least. I also endured a nasty fall, and rather a questionable run-in with those Masked Ones that continue to clutter up the Pentangle. Ah, well. Nothing a hot bath and a large scotch can't fix, eh? Cheers! For more, visit www.TheAldergatePapers.com

Duration:04:15:14

Holiday Special 2017 - Told After Supper (Jerome K. Jerome)

12/24/2017
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HOLIDAY SPECIAL - "Told After Supper" by Jerome K. Jerome - Greetings from behind enemy lines. Since last we spoke, this monstrous old house has been overrun with guests - they've stolen my privacy, and also the extensive collection of blankets and spare furniture with which I'd created my little recording nook and all-purpose snuggery. I am *not* pleased. Goodwill-towards-man is one thing, but there are limits, and this sudden crush of humanity has made it entirely impossible for me to...

Duration:01:32:31

D3P1 - À la recherche du temps volé

11/26/2017
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Day 3, Part 1: À la recherche du temps volé - Bit nervous for my blind date with the Chief Constable. Got to hope he's sharp enough to solve Sammie's murder quickly and quietly, but not *so* sharp that he discovers some of the other corpses you've got lying about the place. Metaphorically speaking. Mostly. Anyhow, too many new mysteries need solving to waste time with ancient history. For example: The Mystery of the Returning Pen, the Mystery of the Thing on King'S Common, and - perhaps...

Duration:00:37:24

D2P3 - Madness and Murder

11/12/2017
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Day 2, Part 3: Madness and Murder - All is not well at Aldergate University. Wonderful to be back, of course, but the madness of Sir Reggie lives on in the bizarre mess of mangled books with which he's decorated what's now *my* office. Also, the weather has once again turned foul, and some vile fiend is foiling my attempts to finally visit Bonehenge. Then, of course, there's the matter of Sammie's murder. That's distressing enough without considering the yet-more-troubling matter of...

Duration:00:38:09

D2P2 - Encounters With the Local Wildlife

10/29/2017
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Day 2, Part 2: Encounters With the Local Wildlife - Happy Halloween, Aldergatians all. There may be something sinister brewing at Aldergate University, but at least the locals are friendly. Mostly. This episode finds me crowned king of a silent LARP. I like to think that I was a wise and just monarch for the duration of my brief reign. Then I got lost looking for my office, and almost crushed a student to death - I suppose the burden of command affects everyone differently. Anyhow ... for...

Duration:00:33:06

D1P3 - In the Company of Ghosts

10/1/2017
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Day 1, Part 3: In the Company of Ghosts - Things going bump in the night is the least of my troubles. It's those *other* night-things that worry me - the silent, stealthy things that lurk inside the walls, or in the past, or just behind my eyes. Also murderers, of course. Can't forget them. My beautiful fire is burning low, and I'm running out of candles, and I still can't quite believe I'm back at Aldergate. Still, if I can just make it through tonight ... well, then I can face my *real*...

Duration:00:35:31

Introduction and D1P1 - Aldergate Revisited

9/3/2017
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Introduction / Day 1, Part 1: Aldergate Revisited Welcome to the Aldergate Papers. We begin where it all began: with one of my old friends murdered, and several of my new friends trying to do the same to me. To avoid them - and for other reasons - I have made my triumphal return to dear, strange old Aldergate University. So it begins. Where it ends may be quite a different story - possibly a horror story, possibly for all of us. For now, at least, I'm home at last. For more, visit...

Duration:00:34:05

The Hog, by William Hope Hodgson (3 of 3)

12/12/2016
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The Hog, by William Hope Hodgson (Part 3 of 3) - The thrilling conclusion! And by thrilling, I mean of course a sensible and scientific recounting of how Carnacki the Ghost-Finder came nose-to-snout with an elder monstrosity that, for sheer inhuman awfulness, rivals Lovecraft at his most alienated. Incidentally, I shall neither confirm nor deny being trapped in a well while recording the intro and outro for this episode. I will say only that innattention to proper well-safety protocols...

Duration:00:42:41

The Hog, by William Hope Hodgson (Part 1 of 3)

11/13/2016
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The Hog, by William Hope Hodgson (Part 1 of 3) - This story is part of Hodgson's "Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder" series, which I heartily recommend and which are narrated by said Carnacki, your typical occult scientist-about-town. One might (and Lovecraft did) criticize the Carnacki stories for their professional attitude towards cosmic terror. In this story, however, Hodgson has confected a masterwork of the uncanny, the unclean, and the abominable. For more, visit TheRealAdrianWard.com

Duration:00:39:44