FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS PODCAST
FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS PODCASTJun 09, 2023
082 - What is a Ghoul
In this episode Mr Jim Moon unearths a strange news report, printed in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat back in 1890, which details the capture of a ghoul in rural Ireland.
081 - The Resurrection of R Chetwynd-Hayes by Marc Damian Lawler
Tonight we have a special tale to celebrate the birthday of the late great R Chetwynd-Hayes, the writer dubbed Britain's Prince of Chill, whose tales features in classic horror movies such as From Beyond the Grave and The Monster Club, plus series such as Vincent Price's The Price of Fear, Night Voices, Dramarama and Rod Serling's Night Gallery
080 - The Story of Saddler's Croft by E & H Heron
The world's first occult detective Mr Flaxman Low is called in to investigate a house where former tenants erected a strange temple and allegedly practised strange rites there...
079 - Atlantis by Stanton A Coblentz
In this episode we have a fantastical poem about a fabled land from the pages of legendary pulp magazine Weird Tales!
078 - The Hoard of the Gibbelins by Lord Dunsany
Tonight we have a weird tale from Lord Dunsany, one of the pioneers of fantasy literature. However this is no fairy story, as a treasure-seeking knight will discover...
077 - St Marks Eve by Mary Anne Browne
April 25th is the Eve of St Mark, according to folklore a night for a rather eerie divination ceremony, as documented in a Victorian poem which is very much a tale of terror in verse!
076 - The Story of No 1 Karma Crescent by E and H Heron
Another fascinating case for the world's first occult detective Mr Flaxman Low, in which he is called to investigate a house where tenants die mysteriously after the apparition of a whispering face is seen!
075 - Pigeons From Hell Part III by Robert E Howard
In the third and final chapter of Robert E Howard's classic weird tale uncover the sinister secret of The Call of Zuvembie!
074 - Pigeons From Hell Part II by Robert E Howard
In the second chapter of Robert E Howard's classic weird tale we encounter The Snake's Brother!
073 - Pigeons From Hell Part I by Robert E Howard
The first episode of a three part reading of a classic weird novella by Robert E Howard - Pigeons From Hell. In this chapter we encounter - The Whistler in the Dark!
072 - Hypnos by HP Lovecraft
A reading of an early short tale by HP Lovecraft, Hypnos - a story of obsession, dreams, and cosmic horror.
071 - Voodoo by Fredric Brown
We open a new year of a reading with a little tale from Fredric Brown, one of what he called his "short short stories" - tiny tales but with memorable twist endings!
070 - All Through the House
069 - The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall by John Kendrick Bangs
A dark and witty tale of a dreadful, drenching spectral lady that appears to haunt Harrowby Hall every Christmas Eve...
068 - Holly by Marc Damian Lawler
A tale of festive fears and Christmas chills, set in the heart of the Lake District! This story and other seasonal shockers by assorted writers can be found in the volume Christmas Under the Covers, edited by Marc Damian Lawler!
067 - The Ash-Tree by MR James
We begin this year's season of ghost stories for Christmas with a tale from the great MR James, a sinister tale of curses and witchcraft entitled simply The Ash-Tree...
066 - Narrative of a Ghost of a Hand by J Sheridan le Fanu
A haunting tale from a writer that the great MR James himself considered to be the finest ever author of ghostly tales - J Sheridan le Fanu.
065 - The Story of Sevens Hall by E Heron and H Heron
Another case for occult detective Mr Flaxman Low - involving a family curse and a dread spectre whose appearance brings death!
064 - Notebook Found in a Deserted House by Robert Bloch
A classic tale of Lovecraftian terror from Robert Bloch. When young Willie Osbourne goes to stay with his aunt in and uncle on their remote farm in the country, he becomes aware of strange things lurking in the forest, sinister things that are getting closer as Hallowe'en approaches...
063 - The Floor Above by M Humphreys
A tale of autumnal terror that was a favourite of HP Lovecraft. Appearing in Weird Tales in 1923, this is an eerie story of a long-lost friend refound...
To Autumn by John Keats
061 - The Outsider by HP Lovecraft
Tonight we have a reading of an early classic short story by the great HP Lovecraft, a tale that begins in a benighted castle deep beneath the earth...
060 - The House of the Nightmare by Edward Lucas White
Tonight we have a reading of one of the all-time classic ghost stories, The House of the Nightmare by Edward Lucas White! When a gentlemen's roadster breaks down on a lonely road he finds curious company in the house where he stays the night...
059 - Ancient Lights by Algernon Blackwood
In this visit to the Great Library we have a sunlit tale of folk horror from Mr Algernon Blackwood, where a walk in the woods turns out to be no picnic...
058 - For the Blood is the Life by F Marion Crawford
Concluding our summer season of vampiric tales, in this show Mr Jim Moon reads classic chiller For the Blood is the Life by F Marion Crawford, the story of a curious vision revealed by moonlight and its dark history...
057 - And No Bird Sings by EF Benson
In this show, we return to the chilling tales of EF Benson. In this particular story we discover that even the English countryside at the height of a glorious summer can be home to dark and dreadful things...
056 - The Vampire Maid by Hume Nisbet
In this podcast, we have a reading of an eerie tale by Hume Nisbet, in which a summer holiday goes terribly wrong when our narrator encounters The Vampire Maid...
055 - The Vampire of Croglin Grange by Augustus Hare
In this show we have a reading of an allegedly true account of the undead stalking the English countryside, the tale of the vampire of Croglin Grange!
054 - The Story of the Grey House by E and H Heron
Another adventure for famed occult detective Mr Flaxman Low, who is called to investigate a curious and often lethal menace haunting an overgrown country house..
053 - The Demon Lover by Elizabeth Bowen
In this tale of creeping terror from Elizabeth Bowen, we visit a quiet corner of war-time London where a sinister rendezvous is about to occur...
052 - The Underbody by Allison V Harding
From the pages of Weird Tales, a very dark and disturbing tale from Allison V Harding.
051 - Out of the Earth by Flavia Richardson
A classic tale of ghostly terror and proto-folk horror by Flavia Richardson AKA Christine Campbell Thomson, the pioneering editor of the legendary Not At Night horror anthology series.
050 - John Charrington's Wedding by E Nesbit
In this show we start a series of readings for Women in Horror month, beginning with a very dark tale from E Nesbit, who was just as adept at crafting grim horrors for grown-ups as she as conjuring enchanting adventures for children.
049 - The Story of Yand Manor House by E and H Heron
Another curious case for occult detective Mr Flaxman Low! A dining room is haunted by a perplexing and highly perilous paranormal phenomena!
048 - And To All A Good Night by Jim Moon
For our final Yuletide ghost story, Mr Jim Moon relates a tale he heard many years ago in a pub just before Christmas...
047 - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
In a very special festive edition, Mr Jim reads for you all A Christmas Carol - the complete and unabridged original text by Charles Dickens, first published 148 years ago today on 19th December 1843!
046 - The Treasure of Abbot Thomas by MR James
No Christmas is complete without a tale from the master of ghost stories, M. R. James. And tonight we discover why some things should stay buried in The Treasure of Abbot Thomas, first published back in 1906 in Ghost Stories of an Antiquary.
045 - The Snow by Hugh Walpole
In the first of our ghost stories for Christmas this year, we have a little story set in the depths of winter and in the shadow of an ancient cathedral. It's Christmas Eve, it's snowing, and this is a truly chilling tale from Hugh Walpole!
044 - The Story of the Moor Road by E and H Heron
Another tale from the casebook of Mr Flaxman Low, the original occult detective! In this story Mr Low encounters a highly dangerous apparition that haunts a lonely road, something that's far more sinister than your usual ghost...
043 - The Vow on Halloween by Lyllian Huntley Harris
A tale of terror for Hallowe'en night, first published in the pages of Weird Tales magazine back in 1924!
042 - Room for One by Frederick Cowles
In this show we have a little story from Mr Frederick Cowles from his 1936 collection The Horror of Abbot's Grange and Other Stories, a suitably seasonal tale of terror set in the month of October!
041 - A Vignette by MR James
Our final reading in our MR James mini season is coincidentally the final ghost story the good doctor ever wrote, a short piece entitled A Vignette, which many suspect may be not be a story at all but a memoir of an eerie event...
040 - Living Night by MR James
Continuing our season of MR James readings, things take an eerie turn with some verses penned about what goes on at Great Livermore in the dead of night...
039 - A Night in the King's College Chapel by MR James
Continuing our season of readings exploring places important to MR James, and showing a lighter side to the master of ghost stories, in this show we have a reading of the earliest surviving supernatural tale he ever wrote - a whimsical nocturnal adventure set in King's College, Cambridge.
038 - After Dark in the Playing Fields by MR James
A strange tale of a walk upon a summer's night from MR James. Set at Eton College, this little yarn shows a more whimsical side to the master of ghost stories... well, at first at least.
037 - Sounds of the Wood by MR James
Beginning a little summer season of readings from MR James, we start with something of a rarity - an atmospheric poem from the master of ghost stories!
036 - August Heat by WF Harvey
From his 1910 collection Midnight House & Other Tales, we bring you a story of sunlit horror by WF Harvey - August Heat!
035 - The Red Brain by Donald Wandrei
A classic tale of cosmic horror from Donald Wandrei, the cofounder of legendary weird fiction publisher Arkham House. Take a trip to the end of time and witness the final end of the universe itself...
034 - The Story of Baelbrow by E and H Heron
We return to the casebook of Mr Flaxman Low, the original occult detective. In this third case, we encounter a very unusual haunting which proves to be horribly physical and highly dangerous!
033 - The Graveyard Rats by Henry Kuttner
First published in Weird Tales in March 1936, The Graveyard Rats by Henry Kuttner is one of my all-time favourite tales of terror, a story of escalating subterranean horror!
032 - The Story of Medhans Lea by E and H Heron
In this episode we delve into the casebook of Mr Flaxman Low, fiction's first occult detective. In this tale Mr Low investigates a most troubling haunting involving a sinister figure in black.
031 - Piper in the Woods by Philip K Dick
A vintage tale from the great Philip K Dick, first published in Imagination magazine in 1953.
On a quiet asteroid, an unusual threat is waiting in the forests...
030 - The Story of the Spaniards, Hammersmith by E Heron & H Heron
Meet Mr Flaxman Low - athlete, scholar, scientist and ghost hunter! Join the the original occult detective on his first case - investigating a highly violent haunting in Hammersmith in old London town!
029 - Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
Just in time for Valentine's Day, a reading of a celebrated love poem by the great Edgar Allan Poe, the exquisite gothic tale in miniature that is Annabel Lee!
028 - Jack the Giant Killer
Hear the saga of a mighty hero from the days of Arthurian legend - the farm boy turned monster slayer, Jack the Giant Killer! As retold by folklorist Joseph Jacobs in his classic volume English Fairy Tales (1890).
027 - The Vale of Shadows translated by Sabine Baring Gould
For our final festive tale this year, we have one of the oldest Christmas ghost stories. Taken from Grettis saga Ásmundarsonar, an Icelandic saga from the late 13th century, and translated by Sabine Baring-Gould, this tale of terror tells of the horrors that haunt a lonely farm far to the north in the Vale of Shadows in Iceland.
026 - Lost Hearts by MR James
No Christmas is complete without a ghost story from MR James, and so here we have a reading of one of his best loved tales - Lost Hearts.
025 - Christmas Wine by Matt Cowan
In this podcast we have a festive tale of terror from Mr Matt Cowan, curator of the excellent Horror Delve. In this snowy story, first published in the charity anthology O Little Town of Deathlehem, we encounter the spirit of the season in more ways than one...
024 - Passenger From Crewe by Frederick Cowles
In this show, we are hoping to bring a chill to your Yuletide this year with a special series of ghost stories for Christmas. And we are starting out with the tale of a curious train journey that took place, not so long ago, on a dark and damp December night - Passenger From Crewe by Frederick Cowles.
023 - Silent Snow Secret Snow by Conrad Aiken
As winter approaches and nights grow long and frosty, Mr Jim Moon has an eerie tale of whispering snow and icy secrets that's guaranteed to bring you a chill!
022 - Mother Carey by John Masefield
An eerie poem by John Masefield, drawn from authentic maritime folklore, concerning the dark forces that await sailors on the high seas!
021 - The Sweeper by AM Burrage
In this episode we have a suitably autumnal tale, chosen by Mr Matt Cowan of horrordelve.com - a classic ghostly tale for Halloween - The Sweeper by AM Burrage
020 - The Horror Under Penmire by Adrian Cole
In this episode we are very proud to present a classic modern tale of the Cthulhu Mythos - The Horror Under Penmire by Adrian Cole, a story of Lovecraftian dread and ancient secrets lurking in mist-shrouded Cornwall!
019 - The City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe
In this show we return to the weird verse of Mr Edgar Allan Poe to hear the seminal poem The City in the Sea first published in 1845.
018 - A Troublesome History by Jim Moon
In this episode we have a ghostly tale from Mr Moon himself - a curious account of a very troubled house. This tale can be found in the new anthology Before You Blow Out The Candle Volume One edited by Marc Damian Lawler, which has just been published in a third edition. A second volume has just been published too which also features another story from Mr Moon.
017 - Wailing Well by MR James
"Tomorrow it is proposed that the Lower Master takes me by car to Worbarrow Bay in Dorset where the Scouts are in camp—it is further proposed that by the camp fire I should read them a story of a terrible nature, which I have made—contrary to my expectation."
So wrote MR James in a letter dated 26th July 1927. And so, in this podcast, Mr Jim Moon invites you to take a place by the campfire to hear that ghost story from MR James, which was first told at a boy scouts camp on 27th July 1927. Gather round folks, for the dark tale of Wailing Well...
016 - The Night Wire by HF Arnold
In this podcast we present a reading of one of the most celebrated tales ever published in Weird Tales. An eerie story of mysterious transmissions and a strange, menacing fog - The Night Wire by HF Arnold.
015 - What the Scarecrow Said by Vachel Lindsay
A little chill for a summer night, a weird verse from poet Vachel Lindsay that may make you think twice before wandering by cornfields after sunset...
014 - The Man Who Went Too Far by EF Benson
As it is midsummer - a time of magic and mystery - we have a tale of sunlit horror from the great EF Benson. In The Man Who Went Too Far we discover ancient and terrifying powers are very much alive and well in the heart of the English countryside.
013 - The Moor Ghost by Robert E Howard
In this little show we have an eerie poem from Robert E Howard. While he is best known as the creator of Conan the Barbarian and other two-fisted heroes, Howard also wrote a great deal of verse, much of it on weird and fantastic themes. The poem in this podcast takes us back England in years gone by, the days when gibbets still stood at crossroads...
012 - The Colour Out of Space by HP Lovecraft
Something strange falls from the skies, and a creeping terror comes to earth. Considered to be one of his best stories, here is The Colour Out of Space by HP Lovecraft, a masterful and far-sighted fusion of science fiction and horror, complete and unabridged!
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011 - Far Below by Robert Barbour Johnson
What secrets lurk in the subway system? What horrors dwell deep in the bowels of the earth beneath our cities? Far Below by Robert Barbour Johnson has the answers! A tale of subterranean terror which was voted by readers to be the best story ever to be published in Weird Tales !
010 - He by Guy de Maupassant
A tale of terror from one of literature's greatest writers. Guy de maupassant wrote many novels and hundreds of short stories, and is recognised as a giant of French literature. However he also penned a series of haunting tales about the strange and the macabre. The story Lui? known either He? or sometimes The Terror asks us if we are ever truly alone, or is there an unseen other haunting us...
009 - The Brass Murders
This week Mr Jim Moon delves into local history and folklore to unearth a true tale of crime, madness and the Devil - the strange case of the Brass Murders!
008 - Teacups by Thom Burgess
In this show we have a tale from a modern master, Mr Thom Burgess, who has created a string of highly acclaimed ghostly graphic novels.
His latest opus, a collection of short tales entitled Nyctophobias which delivers twenty very good reasons to be scared of the dark. One story you will find in this gorgeous illustrated anthology is a deceptively innocent sounding tale called Teacups...
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007 - From Beyond by HP Lovecraft
HP Lovecraft is regarded of the one of the masters of the 20th century horror story, but a good many of his tales also contain a great deal of science fiction. And this early short tale is a prime example of how Lovecraft fused science and terror...
006 - Dreamland by Edgar Allan Poe
Mr Edgar Allan Poe surely needs no introduction, but as well as writing a legion of classic horror tales, his poetry often went to dark and strange places too...
005 - The Open Window by Saki
Mr HH Munro forged as successful career as a writer under his pen name Saki, and is now hailed as one of the masters of the short story. Many of his tales contain a dark humour, and a good few ventured into the realm of the weird and the macabre. Here is a short classic by Saki detailing a most unusual haunting...
004 - Seaton's Aunt by Walter de la Mare
While Walter de la Mare is usually best remembered as a highly respectable poet, he also wrote a good deal of fiction, and in particular, several highly individual tales of the macabre. . One such story is Seaton's Aunt, which in a visit to a friend's quiet country house leads to some strange and haunting experiences...
003 - Rats by MR James
When we talk of ghost stories, there is one man who is reckoned to the master of all - the great Mr James. And tonight we present one of his finest little creepy stories, a cautionary tale about prying into rooms that stay locked for good reason...
002 - The Red Room by HG Wells
While the great HG Wells is best known for his pioneering science fiction, he also wrote come cracking tales of terror too. Indeed this story The Red Room is reckoned by many to be one of the most terrifying ghost stories ever written...
001 - An Introduction
Welcome to the the Great Library of Dreams Podcast, where we present readings of classic tales of the weird and the wonderful! Here you will find stories of the magical, the mysterious, the marvelous, and the macabre!