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 7 – Happy Holidays


Happy Holidays everybody! Solstice has passed, and it’s the holiday time of year. Thanks for taking a little time out of your chaotic lives to listen – hope you enjoy.

Readings tonight are A School Story and The Mezzotint by MR James, and music is provided by the HPLHS Historical Society, and Nox Arcana – two songs from each. Check them both out, and consider sending some of the cash from your Christmas returns their way, hmm?

The episode can be found here:

http://darklylit.podbean.com/mf/web/m3vgr2/DarklyLitEp7.mp3

Episode 6 – Season’s Greetings


After a couple weeks, we have the first of our December shows – this week, we have The Diary of Mr. Poynter, by M.R. James. Ladies? This is what happens when your husband is forced to help with the interior decorating.

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Music is provided by the inimitable HPLHS, at www.cthulhu-lives.org, and as always, Nox Arcana, including a selection from their newest album, Winter’s Eve. Give them a look at www.noxarcana.com, or through the link below.

Episode 5 – Oblongate


Well, it turns out that I was thinking of an adaptation of the story, not the story itself, when I picked this one… but I do my best in the discussion all the same. Just getting over a case of pneumonia, I’m afraid, so it’s fairly short, and my voice is a bit off. Don’t leave just yet though – next show (December 11), we’ve got Christmas readings and songs and generally enjoyable things… all with a Darkly Lit twist.

The episode can be found, as always, here:

http://darklylit.podbean.com/mf/web/67uzf9/DarklyLitEp5.mp3

As promised, the link to the version I *was* thinking about:

http://www.archive.org/download/NBC_short_story/NBC_Short_Story_The_Oblong_Box.mp3

And, as always, music provided by Nox Arcana – and this time, by special guests the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society!

The HPLHS, who produced A Very Scary Solstice.