Monthly Archives: October 2016

TRR: Episode 58, “The Werewolf” by Eugene Field



Unlike other classic monsters, the curse of the werewolf is particularly cruel in that when he transforms into his wolfen form, he is compelled to kill those he loves best.

For our final selection of spooky tales for October, we offer you a tale of lycanthropy from author Eugene Field.

“The Werewolf” (1911) by Eugene Field

The Reader

TRT: 25:56

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TRR EXTRA: Autumn Poems by Bliss Carman



As we continue to honor the season of Autumn, we offer you two poems by Bliss Carman. Carman was a Canadian who, despite having lived most of his life in the United States, was recognized in later years as Canada’s own poet laureate.

“Autumn” & “Lines for a Picture” from “Later Poems” (1921) by Bliss Carman

The Reader

TRT: 02:26

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TRR: Episode 57, “What is a Ghost?”



Spiritualism was all the rage in the late 19th Century and well into the 20th. Psychical research, the attempt to study and discover proof of the supernatural via the Scientific Method became a cause celeb, with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, among others, working to debunk the frauds and charlatans in order to find the truth. Hereward Carrington, an author and amateur magician, worked and wrote on the topic of supernatural phenomena. For our fourth installment of spooky tales this October, we’ll examine some of his research on what he claimed to be real encounters with ghosts.

“Real Ghost Stories” (1915) by Hareward Carrington

The Reader

TRT: 19:32

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TRR EXTRA: “The Listeners” by Walter de la Mare



Walter de la Mare was a prolific and well-respected author of novels, short stories, and poems. His writing was an inspiration to others both during his life and after. Among his many works, he occasionally dabbled in horror stories and the supernatural. In this October Extra, we share with you one of his most famous works, taken from his 1916 collection, “The Listeners and Other Poems.” The poem is part ghost story, and part mystery (what was the promise made by the Traveller?), and has a spooky tone just perfect for October, as we approach the penultimate spook-fest that is Halloween Night!

“The Listeners” (1916) by Walter de la Mare

The Reader

TRT: 02:31

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TRR: Episode 56, “Varney the Vampire”



Contrary to popular belief, Dracula was not the first vampire in literature, or even in film. Decades before Bela Lugosi essayed the evil, undead count, and before Bram Stoker chronicled his famous novel that film was based on, a vampire was introduced in England through a series of penny dreadful periodicals. “Varney the Vampire” introduced to popular culture much of the vampire lore we know today. For our third offering of spooky tales this October, we share the first chapter of that story.

“Varney the Vampire” (1845) by James Rymer and Thomas Prest

The Reader

TRT: 22:39

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TRR EXTRA: “Lines Written in Boston On a Beautiful Autumnal Day”



Here’s another Autumnal extra for you, a poem written by Margaret Fuller Ossoli.

“Lines Written in Boston On a Beautiful Autumnal Day” (1859) by Margaret Fuller Ossoli

The Reader

TRT: 03:32

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TRR: Episode 55, “The Raven”



Edgar Allen Poe was a man seemingly marked for unhappiness throughout his life. Even so, he wrote a large body of work that has secured his legacy for all time.

For our second installment of spooky tales in honor of this Halloween month, we offer you one of the most famous poems in all of American literature.

“The Raven” (1845) by Edgar Allen Poe

The Reader

TRT: 14:57

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TRR EXTRA: “Red October” by Helen Gray Cone



Autumn has always been my favorite season, so here is another Autumnal extra for you, in honor of the advent of October! I’ll have a few of these this month, interspersed in between our spooky stories celebrating Halloween.

“Red October” by Helen Gray Cone

The Reader

TRT: 01:52

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TRR: Episode 54, “The Monkey’s Paw”



For the month of October, we’ll be serving up a series of spooky tales for you in keeping with the season and the pending celebration of Halloween. Our first offering comes from William Wymark Jacobs, who mainly wrote humorous stories involving sailors and seaside towns. Jacobs also occasionally tried his hand at tales of the supernatural, and wound up creating one of the best short stories of the horror genre, one that has stood the test of time since its publication in 1902.

“The Monkey’s Paw” (1902) by W.W. Jacobs

The Reader

TRT: 32:31

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