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TRR: Episode 87, “The Pumpkin Giant”



For Halloween, we have for you a story of a horrible giant who devours fat little children.

The story was “retold” in the 1970s by Ellin Green, and wonderfully illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Here, we tell the original tale first published in a collection of children’s stories called “The Pot of Gold.”

“The Pumpkin Giant” (1893) by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

The Reader

TRT: 29:31

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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TRR: Halloween 2015 Extra



While you are planning your trick-or-treat campaign, enjoy this little mallowcream sweet from Carl Sandburg.

“Theme in Yellow” by Carl Sandburg

Happy Hallowe’en!

The Reader

TRR: Halloween 2015 Extra
TRT: 01:45


TRR: Episode 9, “The Empty House”



As a special Hallowe’en offering for you, we present an extended episode consisting solely of a short ghost story by Algernon Blackwood. The spookfest in question is Blackwood’s “The Empty House,” which he penned in 1906. Blackwood was one of the most prolific supernatural writers of the early 20th Century, though he did explore other genres and subjects, as well as many mainstream essays and articles for newspapers and magazines. In fact, Blackwood wrote so many things, there is no official count of his individual works, and Blackwood himself had no idea just how many things he had actually authored.

“The Empty House” (1906) by Algernon Blackwood

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I hope you all enjoy a happy and safe Hallowe’en.

The Reader

TRR: Episode 9 “The Empty House”
TRT: 48:08

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