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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

On Bastardom

12/9/2018
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***CONTENT WARNING: Contains descriptions of certain facts about human history and the forces that govern it, knowledge of which may result in injury or death.*** On Bastardom: Being a brief explanation of the Heres Mundi and their role in shaping civilization both past and present. New episodes of "The Aldergate Papers" are released every second Sunday. For more, please visit www.TheAldergatePapers.com Wiki: thealdergatepapers.wikia.com/wiki/Alderpedia_Wiki Facebook:...

Duration:00:33:07

D9P1 - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Fugitive

11/25/2018
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Spitting blood ... a young face in an old portrait ... life or death ... escape to the museum. New episodes of "The Aldergate Papers" are released every second Sunday. For more, please visit www.TheAldergatePapers.com Wiki: thealdergatepapers.wikia.com/wiki/Alderpedia_Wiki Facebook: www.facebook.com/The-Aldergate-Papers Twitter: twitter.com/therealadrianw

Duration:00:37:47

Halloween Special - The Rats in the Walls, Part II

11/11/2018
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HALLOWEEN SPECIAL - The Rats in the Walls, Part 2/2 Halloween never ends - but this brief seasonal hiatus must. "The Aldergate Papers" returns next episode. Until then, enjoy the thrilling conclusion of H.P. Lovecraft's horrifying classic "The Rats in the Walls." New episodes of "The Aldergate Papers" are released every second Sunday. For more, please visit www.TheAldergatePapers.com Wiki: thealdergatepapers.wikia.com/wiki/Alderpedia_Wiki Facebook: www.facebook.com/The-Aldergate-Papers...

Duration:00:36:25

Halloween Special - The Rats in the Walls, Part I

10/28/2018
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HALLOWEEN SPECIAL - The Rats in the Walls, Part 1/2 Happy Halloween to all ... except to Adrian Ward, who is ill. It's not all bad news, however - "The Aldergate Papers" is a finalist for the 2018 Parsec Awards! Why not pay the other finalists a visit at the link below? For the moment, enjoy this timeless classic tale of terror from H.P. Lovecraft. "The Aldergate Papers" will return in November. New episodes of "The Aldergate Papers" are released every second Sunday. For more, please visit...

Duration:00:40:31

The Aldergate Papers - Introduction & Day 1

10/14/2018
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Introduction & Day One Includes: The Aldergate Papers: An Introduction Day One: - Part One: Aldergate Revisited - Part Two: The Return of the Prodigal - Part Three: In the Company of Ghosts New episodes of "The Aldergate Papers" are released every second Sunday. For more, please visit www.TheAldergatePapers.com Wiki: https://thealdergatepapers.wikia.com/wiki/Alderpedia_Wiki Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Aldergate-Papers Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealadrianw

Duration:01:50:09

A Ransom Note to My Dear Listeners

9/30/2018
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In this moment of crisis, I extend my hand - dear listeners - to you. --- Site: http://thealdergatepapers.com/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TheAldergatePapers Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealadrianw Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thealdergatepapers/

Duration:00:14:25

D8P5 - Scenes From a Hostile Takeover

9/16/2018
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Day 8, Part 5: Scenes From a Hostile Takeover - Being stabbed in the back is hardly my favorite pastime, but at least I generally know what I've done to deserve the daggers. Not this time, however. What's worse, I myself appear to be an accomplice to my own betrayal. It's bad enough being one's own worst enemy. This forming-alliances-against-myself business really is a step too far... For more, visit www.TheAldergatePapers.com

Duration:00:38:21

D8P4 - If You Can't Keep Your Head

9/2/2018
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Day 8, Part 4: If You Can't Keep Your Head - The only thing worse than having to wade through the muck of University politics is drowning in the stuff. My increasingly unreliable brain keeps stealing time at awkward moments. It's bad enough that I've got to give thirty College Heads a chance to ritually murder me - now something's gone awry, and I've no memory to explain what it could possibly be. Thirty simultaneous games of no-limits Texas hold 'em, and half my cards are stuck to the...

Duration:00:36:55

D8P3 - Sir Adrian Views the Body

8/19/2018
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Day 8, Part 3: Sir Adrian Views the Body - A pair of severed legs is all that remains of my old friend and rival Samantha Brayden. All that's been found so far, at any rate. And I, who understood her as well as anyone can claim to, simply cannot figure out what could have happened ... except that there must be some as-yet-unsuspected player in her murder. Not just Sammie, not just her killer, but some other, unseen element that brought them together under the fatal circumstances. I suspect...

Duration:00:35:59

D8P2 - Among the Lowest of the Dead

8/5/2018
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Day 8, Part 2: Among the Lowest of the Dead - Six feet under? That's barely even a start. At the Wetherby Medical Centre, the mortal remains of expired patients take the long trip to the deepest official sub-basement of La Gorgone. For murder victims, however - or at least for my old pal Sammie - the Morgue is only the first stop. Even further down, in the teeming sub-sub-basements, Aldergate's brilliant and highly experimental scholars are pursuing their own self-directed studies. One of...

Duration:00:33:01

D8P1 - The Time is Out of Joint

7/22/2018
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Day 8, Part 1: The Time is Out of Joint - Call me a greedy pig, but really I only want what's mine. My University - and all of it, not just the bits to which some jumped-up lab rat sees fit to grant me access. My brain - all of it, at all times, and no more of this temporary-nonexistence nonsense. My life - and the full three-score-years-and-ten, if you please, with as little getting-murdered as can be conveniently arranged. Is that too much to ask? Alas, so it would seem... For more, visit...

Duration:00:37:51

D7P6 - Night of the Dawn of an Era

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 to...

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, visit...

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 hand...

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 once...

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