The Classic Tales Podcast
Unabridged. Professional. Classic. 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.

Locals believe that a supernatural entity is behind the unseasonably hot sandstorms in Egypt. Can it be true?  Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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A note on our story:

Sax Rohmer’s work is pretty problematic. I mean, there’s no reason to point out that the vampire in last week’s episode was a Jewess for any other reason than being antisemitic. It didn’t add anything to the plot or character. But sentiments such as these shouldn’t go unaddressed. Just want to point that out.

And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 4 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.

 

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Direct download: CT_756_KnightoftheNecropolis_Part4of8.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Why do ghouls and other creatures of the night haunt the remnants of the house of Dhoon?  Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences has nominated Scaramouche as a finalist for a SOVAS award! We are going up against a few icons in the narration industry whom I’ve actually paid for training! It’s about as prestigious as they come. I’m shocked and honored to be a nominee for this very special award.

And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 3 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.

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Direct download: CT_755_KnightoftheNecropolis_Part3of8.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Why exactly does Antony Ferrara keep ancient brain-eating beetles? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 2 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.

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Direct download: CT_754_KnightoftheNecropolis_2of8.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST

Antony Ferrara heats his quarters like an inferno, collects brain-eating beetles, and wears an Egyptian ring. So, why does Cairn suspect him of killing a swan? Sax Rohmer, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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We won a podcast award! The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts has awarded The Classic Tales Podcast with a Gold Award! Juried by some titans from the top media firms, (Disney, Conde Nast, Microsoft, etc.), I share this honor with Trevor Noah’s Daily Show Podcast, MTV’s Official Challenge Podcast, Broadway Podcast Network and a few others. Only the top 10% of those who entered were awarded the Gold Award. We are super psyched about that.

813, the fourth novel in the Arsène Lupin series is also now available! Head on over to classictalesaudiobooks.com and pick up this fantastic adventure! And if you’d like to save 2 dollars when you get 813, simply enter the coupon code: podcast. No subscription, no additional purchase necessary, just enter the word podcast, and save 2 bucks. Thank you for your support!

Today’s story is from the creator of the Fu-Manchu series, Sax Rohmer. It was originally titled, The Brood of the Witch-Queen. I think that the unfortunate title is the reason that this book is not more well know today. That, and the ending isn’t super great. Just putting that out there right now. But H.P. Lovecraft compared this book with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and many critics of the time considered it one of Rohmer’s best. I’ve taken the liberty of releasing it as Knight of the Necropolis. Hopefully ol’ Sax isn’t turning too much in his grave at that.

One of the things that really draws me to classic Halloween monsters is that they are steeped in literature. Obviously, Dracula and Frankenstein immediately come to mind with their respective baddies. There are many werewolf short stories, from Kipling’s The Mark of the Beast, to Murryat’s The White Wolf of the Harz Mountains. Alexandre Dumas even wrote a full length, lack luster novel about a werewolf, clumsily translated as The Wolf Leader. I’m told Steinbeck also wrote a werewolf yarn.

Mummy tales also abound in short fiction. Among the best are Conan Doyle’s Lot No. 249, Louisa May Alcott’s The Ring of Thoth, and H.P. Lovecraft’s Imprisoned with the Pharaohs. Among the less successful is Bram Stoker’s novel Jewel of the Seven Stars.

Now, today’s story isn’t perfect by any means. It’s not high literature. But when I read it, I felt that it really delivered the same feeling that I get when I watch the original movie of The Mummy, with Boris Karloff. It’s set up as a series of adventures where we can eventually piece together the identity of that devotee of ancient sorcery: Antony Ferrara. The similarities to Dracula are evident. Nobody believes in Egyptian sorcery, there’s only one scholar who’s studied enough to stop him, etc.. But what can I say, when it comes to magic rings, brain-eating beetles, vampires, ancient curses, Egyptian mummies, and the like, I’m always up for it. I hope you are, too.

And now, The Knight of the Necropolis, Part 1 of 8, by Sax Rohmer.

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Direct download: CT_753_KnightoftheNecropolis_Part1of8.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:37am MST

Can Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson discover the identity of a cyclist that appears and disappears like a phantom? Arthur Conan Doyle, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Coupon codes will now work with The Black Tulip, by Alexandre Dumas. Head on over to the website, and download your copy of this extraordinary adventure.

813, the fourth novel in the Arsène Lupin series is also now available! I hope you liked the first chapter. Head on over to classictalesaudiobooks.com and pick up the rest of this fantastic adventure! And if you’d like to save 2 dollars when you get 813, simply enter the coupon code: podcast. No subscription, no additional purchase necessary, just enter the word podcast, and save 2 bucks. Thank you for your support!

Today’s story is from the collection The Return of Sherlock Holmes. I hope you like it!

And now, The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Direct download: CT_752_TheSolitaryCyclist.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 12:30am MST