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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The ghost begins to move again in the small hours, and strange and curious discoveries seal Halsey’s fate. Mary Roberts Rinehart, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We have an amazing announcement coming soon, about a brand new product that will be available. In fact, it’s so new and unique that I’ve patented it. More details coming soon!

And since we’ve gone some time since our last visit to the house of the circular staircase, we have the famous pirate Long John Silver in the studio, who is going to do a quick recap of the story so far.

Thank ye, sir. The story so far: Rachel Innes, and elderly spinster, and her two charges, Gertrude and Halsey, have rented a large house with a circular staircase for the summer in New England. Gertrude is in love with a clerk at the Trader’s Bank named Jack Bailey. Halsey is in love with Louise Armstrong, whose family owns the house they have rented, by thunder. A day after they arrive, gunshots ring out at three in the morning. Miss Rachel rushes out to find the dead body of a stranger at the foot of the circular staircase. The stranger turns out to be Arnold Armstrong, whose father, Paul Armstrong, owns the everloving Trader’s Bank that houses all of Halsey and Gertrude’s inheritance, and where Jack Bailey is a clerk.

Here be some other clues, by thunder. Halsey’s revolver was found in the tulip bed outside. Thomas, an old servant, speaks of hearing ghosts making noises at night. A servant, Rosie, was attacked while bringing dishes from the servant’s quarters at night, and the attacker then went and cleared off the broken shards from the roadway. Also, a terrified cook has thrown a blanket at Halsey and scampered off into the night.

Then here sits the real nub o’ the thing – The Tavern Bank goes under. Seems that someone has stolen over a million dollars worth of bonds that can be used to get loans for more money elsewhere. Halsey and Gertrude’s money is gone. Jack Bailey is arrested, and Paul Armstrong, who owns The Tavern Bank, dies like a dog in California. Is that plain as mud?

What’s to do now? The kids have lost their money, Gertrude’s beau is in jail, and the evidence suggests that Arnold Armstrong was shot by someone standing on the circular staircase. But what are the servants doing smuggling blankets and china around at night? Let’s sit back and take a listen to:

The Circular Staircase, part 4of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

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Direct download: CT_598_CircStaircase_Part4of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:49am MST

After a meteorite strikes near a farmhouse outside of Arkham, strange things begin to happen. While the scientifically minded speak of discovering a new element, locals sense something more sinister is in the air. H.P. Lovecraft, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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This week, we are taking a departure from our murder mystery, and going to another part of New England – Arkham, Massachusetts. You have probably noticed that there is a bit of a black hole with some of the previous episodes of The Classic Tales Podcast. Though we are currently in the middle of season twelve, only seasons 1-4 have been released as complete collections. Why is this? Well, because to format the new audio, correctly label the files, write and record new opening and closing credits is not at the very, very top of my list. It’s there, just not at the top. Got to put out too many fires first.

And so, we are opening the archives and releasing a story that was originally released in July 2016 as a two-part episode. I’ve combined both of the parts into one for today’s episode. This story was actually one of Lovecraft’s own favorites. I hope you enjoy it. We’ll resume the mystery of the circular staircase next week.

And now, The Colour Out of Space, by H.P. Lovecraft.

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Direct download: CT_597_Colour_Out_of_Space.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Edgar Allan Poe joins us in our murder mystery, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. I’ve gone through and created many more options to support the podcast, so if you can swing more on the monthly side, or want to give us a single donation, you can find an abundance of options at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com. Each donation comes with a monthly “thank-you” code.

Seriously, thank you so much for your support. With the changes that I’ve made, and the uptick in donations, we are making headway. We still have a long way to go, but things are getting better. Thank you so very much.

Today’s episode will take our murder mystery by Mary Roberts Rinehart to the next level, and the plot will definitely thicken.

Afterwards, it struck me how much I’ve missed a good, strong, terrifying story for Halloween. And so we’ll also hear from Edgar Allan Poe. I hope you enjoy my reading of The Tell-Tale Heart. It was a bestselling audiobook at the iTunes store in 2008. It still gives me chills.

And now, The Circular Staircase, Part 2of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

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Direct download: CT_596_CircStaircase_Part3of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Clues, secret passages and mysterious packages rear their inconvenient heads. It’s making the job of hoodwinking the authorities more and more difficult. Mary Roberts Rinehart - today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

Welcome to The Classic Tales Podcast. Thank you for listening.

The Classic Tales Podcast is listener supported. I’ve gone through and created many more options to support the podcast, so if you can swing more on the monthly side, or want to give us a single donation, you can find an abundance of options at www.classictalesaudiobooks.com. Each donation comes with a monthly “thank-you” code.

Seriously, thank you so much for your support. With the changes that I’ve made, and the uptick in donations, we are making headway. We still have a long way to go, but things are getting better. Thank you so very much.

One of the challenges of these “golden age” mysteries is that it can be pretty difficult to distinguish between the characters. In listening to several audiobook versions of classic mystery novels, this is the thing that really becomes more and more evident. I hope today’s meeting with Detective Jamieson works for you.

I’d also like to shine a bright spotlight on the racism in this story, too. When I record audiobooks, my main emphasis is always to do my best to get the author’s message through in the recording. But with the scripting of Thomas, I’ve tried to make him more dignified than the author probably intended.

And now, The Circular Staircase, Part 2of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart.

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Direct download: CT_595_CircStaircase_Part2of9.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST