Episode 53 – The Gift of Closure


Good evening everybody, and welcome to the Darkly Lit Podcast. This evening, we’ll be reading Joseph: A Story, by Katherine Rickford. Rickford appears to be a fairly obscure author, to the point where I can’t find any biographical information about her, but Joseph was first published back in 1920. I picked this story for tonight not only because of its obvious ties to the Christmas ghost story tradition, but also in honor of the Walsh family, who have finally found out for certain that Otis Toole, who had previously recanted his confession to Adam Walsh’s murder, was indeed the man responsible, a fact supported by physical evidence as well as Toole’s confession.

I don’t have too much else to say tonight, except happy holidays, and keep your loved ones close to your heart in this season, whoever they may be. Our music tonight is provided by Nox Arcana, at http://www.noxarcana.com, and the HPLHS, at http://www.cthulhu-lives.org. Please visit the website at darklylit.wordpress.com, or send comments on the show to lit.darkly@yahoo.com, or our voicemail at 920-341-3065. Until next time, when we celebrate the birthdays of both Edgar Allan Poe and Vincent Price, I wish you pleasant dreams.

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Episode 52 – Ghost Story for Christmas


Good evening everybody, and welcome to Episode 52 of the Darkly Lit Podcast! I know we’re running a little bit late this week, but that’s all the more reason to get down to business, n’est-ce pas? Tonight’s story is M.R. James’ “Two Doctors,” a story of queer revenge. Tonight’s music is provided by Nox Arcana, at www.noxarcana.com, and the HPLHS, at www.cthulhu-lives.org!

Special congratulations go out to Joe Hallett, whose story “Alone” took home our grand prize package for the Darkly Lit Story contest! Your package should be arriving within the next week or two, depending on the vaguaries of the US Postal Service. Our next show will be coming out on December 23rd, and feature a Christmas ghost story by somebody other than M.R. James! After all, if I’m going to prove that this was a widespread tradition, there has to be more than one author out there who did it, right?

But, if you can’t wait that long, there’s one other place where you can hear your friendly neighborhood Wolfemann this month. I co-hosted Episode 19 of Creepy Kitch with Stacy and Cins, discussing the first two Paranormal Activity films with them. You can find their show on iTunes, or at their blog, by searching for Creepy Kitch – and that’s K-I-T-C-H, as in witch. Their show is a *smidge* more uncouth than this one, so be prepared for some instances of adult language and such if you do go over to listen.

If anybody would like to write in with their Christmas wishes, or feedback for the show, please contact us at darklylit.wordpress.com, lit.darkly@yahoo.com, or through our voicemail at 920-341-3065. Until next time, I bring you M.R. James’ “Two Doctors,” and wish you… pleasant dreams.

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Episode 51b: Jack the Ripper


Well, I’ve run into a couple of little delays this week that kept me from getting the recording done on time and without the sound of telephones ringing or dryers buzzing, so I’ll get the next show out on Saturday, most likely. We’ll be reading M.R. James’ “Two Doctors,” for those playing the home game!

In the meantime, I hope you’ll all enjoy a little early Christmas present. This is the audio from my Ripperology 101 panel, held at Teslacon the evening of Saturday, November 19th. Some interesting theories come up, as well as references to classic authors Lewis Carroll and Oscar Wilde! What do they have to do with the Ripper? You’ll have to listen to find out, won’t you?

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