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The Lady, or the Tiger?

GC McKay's getting allegorical on The Lone Drunk Readeth this week with Frank R. Stockton's famous tale The Lady, or the Tiger? First published in 1882, this work still asks a lot of questions about human nature and our helplessness when it comes to certain ideas and their potential outcomes. Whatever your interpretation regarding this tale, I think you'll agree that there's no straight answer. It all comes down to the individual and their own personal leaning. But don't take my word for...

Duration: 00:22:53

The Hitchhiking Game

GC Mckay's The Lone Drunk Readeth presents Milan Kundera's The Hitchhiking Game, a story about a nameless young couple on the road during the first day of their two-week vacation. The title sufficiently describes the concept which follows. Most famous for The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Kundera has been likened to Kafka and Nietzsche as strong influences, whilst being blacklisted in Czechoslovakia and having his first novel, The Joke, banned. “The Greek word for "return" is nostos....

Duration: 00:41:29

The Lone Drunk Readeth - A Perfect Day for Bananafish

GC McKay's The Lone Drunk Readeth presents A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger to its humble stage. Originally published in the new yorker (1948) after a year of editing, this story depicts Muriel and Seymour Glass, notably more focused on the latter. The family were used frequently amongst his other works. Another short which may be released at some future date is Slight Rebellion off Madison, which features Holden Caulfield as the protagonist, the love-him-or-hate-him teenage...

Duration: 00:36:05

The Lone Drunk Readeth - Signs and Symbols

GC Mckay's The Lone Drunk Readeth is proud to present Signs and Symbols by the brilliant Vladimir Nabokov, a touching and quietly depressing tale of an old couple and their mentally-unstable son. Away from the satirical genius of Lolita ("light of my life, fire of my loins"), this tale examines the harsh realities of life and what it has to offer, examined through a series of seemingly unrelated events, which their son would view as all about him. Originally printed by The New Yorker as...

Duration: 00:24:21

The Lone Drunk Readeth - Dark Christmas

GC McKay's The Lone Drunk Readeth welcomes Jeanette Winterson's chilling festive tale, Dark Christmas to the stage. Also featuring is Neil Gaiman's Nicholas Was... as well as some motivational words from the narrator, as always. Merry Christmas, keeping it brief this week as I'm pretty sure nobody is ever fucking reading this crap. For anyone who might know it, today's main feature is a story from the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Enjoy. Have a good one, see you next week....

Duration: 00:31:54

The Lone Drunk Readeth - A Friend In Need

GC McKay's The Lone Drunk Readeth is proud to present one of William Somerset Maugham's many pieces; A Friend In Need. Most known during the 1930's, Maugham was one of the few living writer's of the time to make a living out of his craft. He became a sensation upon the release of Of Human Bondage, a semi self-autobiographical novel about his experiences growing up as an orphan, being raised as a Catholic and falling for a cold-hearted shrew who very nearly ruined him. A voluminous amount...

Duration: 00:19:38

The Lone Drunk Readeth - A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

GC McKay's The Lone Drunk Readeth presents Ernest Hemingway's A Clean, Well-Lighted Place. Known for his no-nonsense style, this piece offers no exception, except maybe from a philosophical viewpoint. First published in 1933, before the existentialist movement of the late thirties and early forties, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place explores the degree in which man is a nothing and how, as a whole, we attempt to handle this inevitable realisation. Simple in its nature, yet deceiving in its...

Duration: 00:17:27

The Lone Drunk Readeth - Sleeping Beauty

Gather round kids, GC Mckay's The Lone Drunk Readeth's in town with the juicy fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty (aka The Sun, Moon and Talia) for all your storytelling needs. Today I'm going to be reciting a delightful story about the beauty of sleeping through life, the untouchable power of royalty and how helpful make-believe fairies can be. This podcast is dedicated to Sarah Hall from Newcastle, for her recent bitching about the tale to her local school. Please check The Independent for the...

Duration: 00:22:51

The Lone Drunk Readeth - The Other Place

This week GC McKay's The Lone Drunk Readeth welcomes The Other Place by Mary Gaitskill to the stage. Noted works include the short story Bad Behaviour from the collection of the same name, which was later adapted into the film Secretary, which I'm sure a lot of you out there have seen. Apparently, it's pretty different from the original tale, but the overall gist is the same. The Mare was a novel published a couple of years back, which I've heard a few good things about. During my brief,...

Duration: 00:41:47

The Lone Drunk Readeth - The Doll

The Lone Drunk Readeth that is GC McKay is sinfully proud to welcome The Doll by Daphne Du Maurier into his realm. Most known for her still in print novel, Rebecca, Maurier was also the writer of the short story Birds, which Hitchcock adapted into a film, as well as many other great works, including Don't Look Now (also another short). During her time she was known as a 'romantic novelist', which, going by the titles mentioned and the content of this podcast, seems rather ludicrous. Her...

Duration: 00:42:36

The Lone Drunk Readeth - The Frolic

GC McKay's The Lone Drunk Readeth is disturbingly proud to welcome the juicy short that is The Frolic by Thomas Ligotti to his low-rent, makeshift excuse of a stage. If anyone out there remembers those sweet, cynical and bitingly funny diatribes on the pointlessness of human consciousness in the True Detective TV series, you should know that Ligotti's work was the inspiration behind it. As the writer of The Conspiracy Against the Human Race once said, 'the bloody inventions of horror...

Duration: 00:44:45

The Lone Drunk Readeth - A Collapse of Horses

GC McKay's The Lone Drunk Readeth proudly presents the spine-chilling A Collapse of Horses, written by Brian Evenson. Taken from the short stories collection of the same name, this piece demonstrates why you do not require any monsters to create a horror piece to perfection. Eerie, haunting and frankly, one of the best shorts I've read in a long time. It's always great to discover masters in the field of horror, and I'm happy to say that Brian Evenson is now on my list of next buys....

Duration: 00:29:03

The Lone Drunk Readeth - They're Not Your Husband

GC McKay's The Lone Drunk Readeth presents They're Not Your Husband, by Raymond Carver. Printed in three anthologies, this piece examines the difficult nature of a suburban marriage during a somewhat tough time. Clear and to the point, if you're a writer at the beginning of your career, you wouldn't go wrong by dipping into some Carver stories; especially if you're into gritty realism and prefer concise prose over the whimsical. With seventy-two short stories under his belt, as well as...

Duration: 00:18:58

The Lone Drunk Readeth - Stone Mattress

GC McKay's The Lone Drunk Readeth podcast presents Margaret Atwood's Stone Mattress, from the collection of shorts of the same title. More famous for her speculative fiction works such as The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake, Atwood is also a keen humanist, feminist and overall a pretty decent and seemingly genuine person, going by what Wikipedia has to say anyway. She describes the pieces in the Stone Mattress collection as "tales" rather than short stories, as they draw from the...

Duration: 00:44:00

The Lone Drunk Readeth - Shooting an Elephant

GC McKay's The Lone Drunk Readeth welcomes George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant to the stage. Fact or fiction? Nobody knows. Orwell served in Burma for a period of his life, which must've been where the story originated, but how much truth is bent, or indeed fictionalised, remains unknown. Notable and recommended works (from me) include Animal Farm, Down and Out in Paris and London, Keep the Aspidistra Flying and of course, the masterpiece and final work that is 1984. Please keep in mind...

Duration: 00:21:20

The Lone Drunk Readeth - The Professor's Teddy Bear

GC McKay's The Lone Drunk Readeth proudly presents The Professor's Teddy Bear by Theodore Sturgeon, most known for his novel More Than Human. He wrote more than 200 short stories and some episodes of Star Trek. The Professor's... is a horror story, about... well, the clue's in the name. I'll probably end up doing some of his work at some point, maybe something more on the science fiction side of things. Send your requests and/or stories to and visit

Duration: 00:26:44

The Lone Drunk Readeth - Guts

GC McKay's The Lone Drunk Readeth podcast presents 'Guts' by Chuck Palahniuk, most known for his masterpiece, 'Fight Club'. It's happened to be the first short story I've read from the man, I have to say, as a narrator and indeed a writer, I was thoroughly impressed. The subject matter is hilarious, the pacing is smooth and engaging and the ending packs a punch. Listen with a drink in your hand, but keep food at a safe distance. Cheers. Check out today for a full list of...

Duration: 00:21:49

The Lone Drunk Readeth - An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

GC McKay's The Lone Drunk Readeth presents An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce. One of the most famous short stories of all time and also one of the first to experiment with the 'stream of consciousness' genre, as well as not adhering to what the reader's of the time would've been expecting. He even half-takes the piss out of them, which I love. Author Kurt Vonnegut wrote: "... I consider anybody a twerp who hasn't read the greatest American short story, which is 'An...

Duration: 00:25:02

The Lone Drunk Readeth - The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

With a focus on similar themes touched upon with his first novel, 'Notes from Underground', the Russian Prophet (as dubbed by his compatriots), Fyodor Dostoevsky gives us 'The Dream of a Ridiculous Man'. An exploration of nihilism, Christianity and, in a sense, what it means to be human. The existential master takes a more positive spin with this particular tale, to the chagrin of the narrator. GC McKay promises that The Lone Drunk Readeth will deliver less hope next week. Enjoy.

Duration: 00:45:52

The Lone Drunk Readeth - All the Assholes in the World and Mine

GC McKay's The Lone Drunk Readeth presents Charles Bukowski's All the Assholes in the World and Mine. A short piece about hemorrhoids, featuring a futuristic German accent, plenty of profanity and slowly going insane. I'll definitely be doing more Bukowski in the future, this short was a great place to start; hilarious, to the point and a blast, like most of his work.

Duration: 00:32:39

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