The Classic Tales Podcast
Every week, join award-winning narrator B.J. Harrison as he narrates the greatest stories the world has ever known. From the jungles of South America to the Mississippi Delta, from Victorian England to the Gothic castles of Eastern Europe, join us on a fantastic journey through the words of the world's greatest authors. Critically-acclaimed and highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story with plenty of substance.

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Mr. Puckler is a doll doctor, and the dolls he repairs become very, very lifelike. F. Marion Crawford, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion for the month of October is the third of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

Today’s story is by F. Marion Crawford, and is included in his collection of short stories, Wandering Ghosts. This collection also includes the stories, “The Screaming Skull”, and “The Blood Is The Life” that we enjoyed last Halloween. If you missed these stories, be sure to download them from the podcast feed before the end of the month.

Did you ever have a doll that you were secretly scared of? My Grandma B had a monkey you would wind up and it would bang two symbols together and roll its bloodshot eyes while baring its teeth. Old School. Who would make such a thing nowadays? She was Austrian, and this story of a kindly old German doll maker reminded me of her, and that horrible monkey.

And now, The Doll’s Ghost, by F. Marion Crawford.

Direct download: CT_546_TheDollsGhost.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:52pm MST

Blood-sucking. Hypnotizing. Shape shifting. Magical. Is this a vampire? No. It’s a Lamia. John Keats, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Enchiridion for the month of October is the third of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

The Lamia is the predecessor to the modern vampire. She is originally from Greek Mythology. Lamia was a mistress of the God Zeus. After a run-in with Zeus’ jealous wife Hera, Lamia was turned into a monster that devours children, resembling a snake.

Mothers throughout Europe used to frighten their children with stories of the Lamia, in hopes to induce good behavior.

Later traditions refer to many Lamiae. These were folkloric monsters similar to vampires and succubae that seduced young men and fed on their blood.

Today’s tale is a narrative poem composed of rhyming couplets. It tells the story of a rather sympathetic Lamia who is granted human form by the God Hermes. The major source of Keats’ material for the poem was a brief passage in Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy, published in 1621. It tells of the marriage of a 25 year old philosopher, Menippus Lycius, to “a phantasm in the habit of a fair gentlewoman”.

And now, Lamia, by John Keats.

Direct download: CT_545_Lamia.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:46pm MST

What happens when a Russian literary titan crafts a vampire story? Unsettling elegance. Ivan Turgenev, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of October is the third of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

The Enchanted April, Allan Quatermain, Pride and Prejudice, Herland and At The Mountains of Madness are now available for purchase at www.thebestaudiobooks.com. Thanks to your support, we are working on getting all of our titles available through the website. This process isn’t free or simple, which is why it’s taken so long. Thanks again for your support.

Ivan Turgenev was more famous than Leo Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky during his lifetime, though now the roles seem largely reversed. Like Charles Dickens, Turgenev wrote about the injustices to poor people. This had a tendency to bring down on him the wrath of the Russian government, who harassed him incessantly. He finally got fed up with it all, and eventually fled Russian and settled down in Germany. Today’s story was first published in 1864, just a few months after Turgenev left Russia.

And now, Phantoms, by Ivan Turgenev.

Direct download: CT_544_Phantoms.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 9:44pm MST

The Second Variety is revealed. Philip K. Dick, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This episode of The Classic Tales Podcast is made possible by our listeners. Many, many thanks to all those who have gone to www.thebestaudiobooks.com and become financial supporters. We couldn’t do this without you.

The Enchiridion for the month of October is the third of four installments of Jules Verne’s classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Supporting members get access to the monthly Enchiridion, which is a 3-4 hour-long portion of a new audiobook title, as well as an $8 credit for anything in the store. It only costs $5 a month to become a supporting member. Your monthly support really helps us keep The Classic Tales going strong, and it really is a great value. Thank you for your support.

And now, The Second Variety, part 2 of 2, by Philip K. Dick

Direct download: CT_543_Second_Variety_Part02of2.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 10:04pm MST