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The House Among the Laurels, by William Hope Hodgson

The House Among the Laurels, by William Hope Hodgson

Friday's latest installment of Fear in The Classic Tales was William Hope Hodgson's "The House Among the Laurels."  This story is part a chapter from a larger book called Carnacki.  Carnacki is also the name of the lead character, a ghost hunter.  In this story, our...

Casting the Runes, by M.R. James

Casting the Runes, by M.R. James

English writer M.R. James broke the mold of the Gothic ghost story by making the settings and devices much more realistic.  The stories took place in small villages, and there was often an item of ancient power (often a book) that set the story rolling.  This use of...

The Furnished Room, by O. Henry

The Furnished Room, by O. Henry

This week, B.J. and The Classic Tales Podcast continue its run of scary to terrifying stories in honor of Halloween with O. Henry's "The Furnished Room."  It is a dark story of search and suicide. His stories are known mostly for the plot twists, which work great in...

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

This week, we embark on a five week journey with Buck, a St. Bernard Scotch-Collie who begins life as a happy pet and through bad luck and careless men, ends up as an Alaskan sled dog.  This is one of  Jack London's most beloved books, The Call of the Wild.  London...

The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe

The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe

This week, B.J. Harrison and The Classic Tales bring back Edgar Allan Poe with the incredibly disturbing Gothic Tale of "The Masque of the Red Death."  May I suggest you listen to this during a sunny walk outside, just to balance even a modicum of darkness in the...

David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens

David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens

 David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens.  This book was released as a full novel in 1850, after being published serially the two previous years.  The actual title of the book is, The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the...

The Stolen White Elephant, by Mark Twain

The Stolen White Elephant, by Mark Twain

Cover from the first edition High time we lampoon detectives the world over with "The Stolen White Elephant," by Mark Twain!  This story was written in 1882, a time when detective stories were all the rage (think Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"). ...

The Gods of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Gods of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Gods of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  This is the second installment of Burroughs’ famous Barsoom series.  Because of this series, Burroughs is considered one of the first masters of the Science Fiction genre. The story opens on the other side of the rivers Iss,...

Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

 Published in 1781, many critics thought Through the Looking Glass was more mathematical and cerebral than Wonderland.  Thankfully, the story had passed down to us through the generations, so we can make our own judgments on the playfulness and darkness in the story....

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, from The Arabian Nights

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, from The Arabian Nights

The Arabian Nights originated in the oral folk tales originating from India, Persia (Iran), Iraq, Egypt, and Turkey among others. The original manuscript is now lost, consisting of a ninth-century text translated into Persian called Hazar Afsanah (A Thousand Tales)....

Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

THERE SHE BLOWS! I've realized that this is a book I've had to do for some years now, since it is one of the books that pops into people's heads when you hear the word "Classic" in its relation to fiction. It's one of those novels that everybody's heard of, and nobody...

The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux

The Phantom Unmasked - Lon Chaney, Sr as the Phantom The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux is now available for purchase at www.thebestaudiobooks.com . It is a premium podcast, and two - hour long episodes are released every week. The voices are coming along...

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