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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

The Aldergate Papers - Introduction & Day 1

10/14/2018
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THE ALDERGATE PAPERS - 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:...

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

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

D4P4 - Tea Among the Bloodletters

3/4/2018
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Day 4, Part 4: Tea Among the Bloodletters - Narrow escape, eh? Hardly, I fear. My disorderly retreat into the Bloodletters Club was not an escape at all; just a stay of execution, and a figurative one at that. The real death sentence still looms. Still, if one must pick a last meal, one could do much worse than what the Bloodletters is serving up. A few more pies and puddings with old Prof K, and I may just cheat the hangman after all... For more, visit www.TheAldergatePapers.com

Duration:01:30:11

D4P3 - Up from the Ashes

2/18/2018
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Day 4, Part 3: Up from the Ashes – Onward! Weary and wounded I may be, but I’m also incredibly well dressed. Off to my date with Baz! A date which it seems I’m destined to miss for reasons not yet apparent, but no doubt I’ve got a good excuse. That’s more than can be said for whoever’s taken over the spot where Hobson Mews used to be. I finally revisit the spot for the first time since the fire … and rather wish that I hadn’t. For more, visit www.TheAldergatePapers.com

Duration:01:18:33

D4P2 - The Facts in the Case of S. Brayden

2/4/2018
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Day 4, Part 2: 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

D3P2 - Frighted with False Fires

12/10/2017
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Day 3, Part 2: Frighted with False Fires - Fire in a crowded theatre - or even a sparsely-populated one for that matter - is hardly the sort of thing one likes to encourage. Especially when the theater in question is the Aldergate Playhouse, which is buried deep underground and has a distressingly mobile museum perched on top of it. At least this time it's not *my* life that's in danger. No, just my dignity. Such as it is. There's rather a lot of mustard on these pages; I'm afraid I had my...

Duration:02:36:56

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 I'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 most...

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 Sammie's...

Duration:00:38:09