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Hi everyone. This is Robert. Welcome to The Well Told Tale. Every week I narrate a classic story; the greatest science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction stories ever written, not just in a small chunk at a time, but enough for you to really relax into. No adverts in the middle, just the story itself. All stories are pubic domain and free from copyright.

The Well Told Tale

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    • May 25, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    What Shall It Profit?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 42:25

    This week, our Tale is a short story from another of the greats of the golden age of science fiction, 'What Shall It Profit?' by Poul Anderson. He was a multi award winning writer, with multiple Hugos and Nebulas to his name. The title of this story is the first part of a quote from the King James Bible, taken from the Mark's gospel. The whole quote, intriguing in the context of this story, reads "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his soul?"If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-taleInside Earth - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781515404361The Sensitive Man - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781515406808Fantastic Stories Presents: The Poul Anderson Super Pack - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781515406280 I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Ruairi, Cade Norman, and Silja Tanner.Support the show

    The Shadow Over Innsmouth - Part 3 (of 3)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 70:56

    Our protagonist has been learning of some terrible events that, if town drunkard Zadok Allen is to be believed, explain some of the strange goings-on at Innsmouth. Fantastical tales of creatures from the deep, interbreeding with humans, sacrifices to the Old Ones... could any of it be true?  Our hero knows he needs to get out of Innsmouth, but will the residents let him?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-taleLovecraftian Horror AnthologiesShadows Over Innsmouth - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781781165287Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781781165294Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781783291311Lovecraft's TalesThe Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781435162556The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781631060014The Call of Cthulhu and other stories - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781631498398 I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Ruairi, Cade Norman, and Silja Tanner.Support the show

    The Shadow Over Innsmouth - Part 2 (of 3)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 37:47

    This week, we return to the mysterious and decaying town of Innsmouth.  Our narrator has spied town drunkard, Zadok Allen, and has heard that the old man might know a lot about the town's dark history,. However, he gets the sense that Innsmouth folk don't like outsiders talking to old Zadok for too long...If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-taleLovecraftian Horror AnthologiesShadows Over Innsmouth - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781781165287Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781781165294Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781783291311Lovecraft's TalesThe Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781435162556The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781631060014The Call of Cthulhu and other stories - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781631498398 I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Ruairi, Cade Norman, and Silja Tanner.Support the show

    The Shadow Over Innsmouth - Part 1 (of 3)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 61:45

    This week, we start a new Tale from one of our favourite writers, H. P. Lovecraft. 'The Shadow Over Innsmouth' was the only novella published in Lovecraft's lifetime, and although it forms a central part of his Cthulhu Mythos, Lovecraft didn't actually like it when it was finished, and it was only published after his friend August Derleth got involved.  The original run of books was a mere 200 bound copies, and have become a sought-after rarity in collector's circles.If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-taleLovecraftian Horror AnthologiesShadows Over Innsmouth - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781781165287Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781781165294Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781783291311Lovecraft's TalesThe Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781435162556The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781631060014The Call of Cthulhu and other stories - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781631498398 I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Ruairi, Cade Norman, and Silja Tanner.Support the show

    Alice Through the Looking Glass - Part 4 (of 4)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 51:50

    We return for the final part of 'Alice Through the Looking Glass'.  Alice has almost made it to the last row of the Looking Glass Land chessboard, where Alice will apparently become a Queen.  What does this mean for her? And will she ever get home?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-taleAlice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781529057935The Annotated Alice - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780140289299 I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Ruairi, Cade Norman, and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Alice Through the Looking Glass - Part 3 (of 4)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 34:53

    This week, we return to Alice trying to navigate her way through Looking Glass Land. After successfully dealing with Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, Alice has moved on, and will shortly encounter Humpty Dumpty and the Lion and the Unicorn.  How will Alice deal with these colourful characters?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-taleAlice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781529057935The Annotated Alice - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780140289299 I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Ruairi, Cade Norman, and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Alice Through the Looking Glass - Part 2 (of 4)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 35:41

    This week, we continue with Alice's journey through the Looking Glass Land, where everything is backwards, or opposite, or just plain odd.  The theme of opposites seems to have been important for Lewis Carroll - Alice's journey to Wonderland began outside on a warm spring day, whereas her travels in Looking Glass Land began inside on a cold autumn one. The theme of playing cards was pervasive in Wonderland, whereas Looking Glass Land features chess. Now we meet Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.  What will that hold for Alice?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-taleAlice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781529057935The Annotated Alice - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780140289299 I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Ruairi, Cade Norman, and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Alice Through the Looking Glass - Part 1 (of 4)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 52:01

     This week, we begin a new Tale in a familiar world - we return with Alice to Wonderland in 'Through The Looking Glass' by Lewis Carroll. Although the first book, 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' is often most remembered, it was actually after this sequel was published that interest in Wonderland took off. Expect strange occurrences, baffling logic, fantastical characters and maybe even a Jabberwocky... If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-taleAlice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781529057935The Annotated Alice - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780140289299  I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Emperor's New Clothes

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 12:06

    This week, we have another short story, a fable from master of fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen. 'The Emperor's New Clothes' has become synonymous with something that isn't as good as people are claiming it to be, and it is no doubt Andersen's Tale which led this phrase to enter popular consciousness.  The story itself predates Andersen and can be traced to the 14th century, but Andersen put his own spin on it, based on his own experience of seeing King Frederick VI as a child.If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you): Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-taleThe Emperor's New Clothes - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781474924603Hans Christian Andersen's Complete Fairy Tales - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781626860995An Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781782501183   I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Beyond Lies the Wub

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 19:36

    This week, we have a short story from master of science fiction, Philip K Dick.  Published in 1952 in Planet Stories, 'Beyond Lies the Wub' is Dick's first genre story. Commentators have observed that it is indicative of his slightly paranoid style that would become a feature in his later works. So, what exactly is a wub?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying books from our Bookshop.org shop helps support this channel while also supporting local bookshops, at no cost to you):  Books by our favourite authors - https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/the-well-told-tale Beyond Lies the Wub & Collected Stories - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9781857988796 The Best of Philip K Dick - https://uk.bookshop.org/a/9522/9780615561189   I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Picture of Dorian Gray - Part 10 (of 10)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 51:48

    This week, we have the dramatic final part of "The Picture of Dorian Gray".  Dorian's conscience has been starting to prick at him, but a more pressing danger awaits him.  James Vane, the brother of actress Sybil Vane, who Dorian abandoned so many years ago, has finally tracked him down, hell bent on vengeance. What will James Vane do when he catches Dorian? Will Dorian's conscience win out? And what will happen to the picture of Dorian Gray?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Picture of Dorian Gray - https://amzn.to/31UykXqThe Complete Works of Oscar Wilde - https://amzn.to/3FjTvjd   Dracula - https://amzn.to/3qkCP6XEdgar Allan Poe: The Ultimate Collection - https://amzn.to/3tiEewMFilmsThe Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) - https://amzn.to/3tmHY0qDorian Gray (2009) - https://amzn.to/3rfUmMG I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Picture of Dorian Gray - Part 9 (of 10)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 50:11

    Last week, Dorian committed an act he cannot come back from - he murdered Basil in cold blood after showing him his portrait, the true face of his depravity. After all these years of degradation, does he still have a conscience to trouble him?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Picture of Dorian Gray - https://amzn.to/31UykXqThe Complete Works of Oscar Wilde - https://amzn.to/3FjTvjd   Dracula - https://amzn.to/3qkCP6XEdgar Allan Poe: The Ultimate Collection - https://amzn.to/3tiEewMFilmsThe Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) - https://amzn.to/3tmHY0qDorian Gray (2009) - https://amzn.to/3rfUmMG I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Picture of Dorian Gray - Part 8 (of 10)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 56:36

    Last week, Dorian locked away his portrait from prying eyes, and we learned of his indulgences over the years.  Free from the visible signs of his degradation, he is happy to indulge every vice and hide behind his ever-present beauty, but how long can he keep up this pretence?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Picture of Dorian Gray - https://amzn.to/31UykXqThe Complete Works of Oscar Wilde - https://amzn.to/3FjTvjd   Dracula - https://amzn.to/3qkCP6XEdgar Allan Poe: The Ultimate Collection - https://amzn.to/3tiEewMFilmsThe Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) - https://amzn.to/3tmHY0qDorian Gray (2009) - https://amzn.to/3rfUmMG I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Picture of Dorian Gray - Part 7 (of 10)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 61:16

    Dorian is getting crueller by the day, and with every transgression depicting itself in the painted face of his portrait, Dorian has decided to store the canvas away where it can't be viewed accidentally.  But his own face remains untainted.  What will Dorian do, knowing that his misdeeds are never going to be visible to others?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Picture of Dorian Gray - https://amzn.to/31UykXqThe Complete Works of Oscar Wilde - https://amzn.to/3FjTvjd   Dracula - https://amzn.to/3qkCP6XEdgar Allan Poe: The Ultimate Collection - https://amzn.to/3tiEewMFilmsThe Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) - https://amzn.to/3tmHY0qDorian Gray (2009) - https://amzn.to/3rfUmMG I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Picture of Dorian Gray - Part 6 (of 10)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 24:08

    Last week was a watershed moment for the innocence of Dorian's youth. His idealised love for Sybil Vane ended in terrible circumstances and now, Dorian's soul has been irrevocably changed. So too, has his portrait. To Dorian's disbelief, the corruption that has crept in under Lord Henry's tutelage has not changed his perfect beauty, but his picture now bares a cruel smile. He has shielded the portrait from view, but what will he do when a friend wants to see it?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Picture of Dorian Gray - https://amzn.to/31UykXqThe Complete Works of Oscar Wilde - https://amzn.to/3FjTvjd   Dracula - https://amzn.to/3qkCP6XEdgar Allan Poe: The Ultimate Collection - https://amzn.to/3tiEewMFilmsThe Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) - https://amzn.to/3tmHY0qDorian Gray (2009) - https://amzn.to/3rfUmMG I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Picture of Dorian Gray - Part 5 (of 10)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 55:55

    This week, we return to Victorian London's seedy theatrical world to learn more about the relationship between Dorian Gray and young actress Sybil Vane. Dorian is keen to show Sybil and her sublime talent off to his friends Lord Henry and Basil, and all seems well. However, this is where our Tale takes a dark turn...If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Picture of Dorian Gray - https://amzn.to/31UykXqThe Complete Works of Oscar Wilde - https://amzn.to/3FjTvjd   Dracula - https://amzn.to/3qkCP6XEdgar Allan Poe: The Ultimate Collection - https://amzn.to/3tiEewMFilmsThe Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) - https://amzn.to/3tmHY0qDorian Gray (2009) - https://amzn.to/3rfUmMG I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, Britt and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Picture of Dorian Gray - Part 4 (of 10)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 41:54

    Dorian has been enjoying living life away from its sheltered beginning.  Following Lord Henry's teachings, he has been going regularly to the theatre over the last several weeks and has met - and got engaged to - the actress Sybil Vane, who does not even know his name.  Is all this moving a bit too fast?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Picture of Dorian Gray - https://amzn.to/31UykXqThe Complete Works of Oscar Wilde - https://amzn.to/3FjTvjd   Dracula - https://amzn.to/3qkCP6XEdgar Allan Poe: The Ultimate Collection - https://amzn.to/3tiEewMFilmsThe Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) - https://amzn.to/3tmHY0qDorian Gray (2009) - https://amzn.to/3rfUmMG I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, Britt and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Picture of Dorian Gray - Part 3 (of 10)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 56:03

    Last week, we saw the completion of Basil's portrait of Dorian Gray. Lord Henry Wotton has taken the impressionable youth under his wing, much to Basil's dismay.  Lord Henry was taken with the picture, which he mused had captured Dorian at the peak of his beauty, and opined on how unfortunate it was that the picture would stay perfect while Dorian himself degenerated with age, and not the other way around.  Leaving philosophical musings aside, Lord Henry has determined it's high time Dorian got a taste of everything debauched Victorian society can offer a young man... If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Picture of Dorian Gray - https://amzn.to/31UykXqThe Complete Works of Oscar Wilde - https://amzn.to/3FjTvjd   Dracula - https://amzn.to/3qkCP6XEdgar Allan Poe: The Ultimate Collection - https://amzn.to/3tiEewMFilmsThe Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) - https://amzn.to/3tmHY0qDorian Gray (2009) - https://amzn.to/3rfUmMG I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, Britt and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Picture of Dorian Gray - Part 2 (of 10)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 34:13

    Last time, we met Lord Henry Wotton, a hedonistic aristocrat, and his friend Basil Hallward, an artist who is infatuated with his muse, Dorian Gray.  They discussed Dorian, a youth whose beauty has made a considerable impression on Basil, but he is reticent to let Lord Henry meet him, as he considers he might prove a corrupting influence on young Dorian.  However, Lord Henry is about to get his way, and the eponymous portrait of Dorian Gray is about to be completed...  If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Picture of Dorian Gray - https://amzn.to/31UykXq The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde - https://amzn.to/3FjTvjd   Dracula - https://amzn.to/3qkCP6XEdgar Allan Poe: The Ultimate Collection - https://amzn.to/3tiEewMFilmsThe Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) - https://amzn.to/3tmHY0qDorian Gray (2009) - https://amzn.to/3rfUmMG  I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, Britt and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Picture of Dorian Gray - Part 1 (of 10)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 34:12

    We start the New Year with a new Tale from one of the English language's greatest writers, 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde.Wilde produced many plays, poems and short stories in his illustrious career, but this is his only novel, or rather, novella.  He was feted in late Victorian society for his biting wit, but this story holds a much darker mirror up to the society he satirised so well. If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Picture of Dorian Gray - https://amzn.to/31UykXq  The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde - https://amzn.to/3FjTvjd   Dracula - https://amzn.to/3qkCP6X Edgar Allan Poe: The Ultimate Collection - https://amzn.to/3tiEewM FilmsThe Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) - https://amzn.to/3tmHY0q Dorian Gray (2009) - https://amzn.to/3rfUmMG   I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, Britt and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Where Love Is, God Is

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 32:10

    This Christmas week, we have a charming story from one of the world's greatest writers, Leo Tolstoy, called 'Where Love Is, God Is'.  Arguably best known for his epic novels such as 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina', Tolstoy did write a number of short stories, including this one, first published in 1885.  This Tale is known by a few different names in the English translation, including 'Martin the Cobbler' for its protagonist, a humble shoe maker trying to become a more virtuous man.  If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):War and Peace - https://amzn.to/3phqdNx   Anna Karenina - https://amzn.to/3qetH2n    The Greatest Short Stories of Leo Tolstoy - https://amzn.to/3eamHy9Martin the Cobbler: A Christmas Story - https://amzn.to/32ovKsH FilmsWar and Peace (1956) - https://amzn.to/3yMDHUD Anna Karenina (2012) - https://amzn.to/3J4XVhb    I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, Britt and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Star

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 17:55

    This week as Christmas beckons, we return to the work of one of science fiction's undisputed greats, Arthur C. Clarke.  First published in Infinity Science Fiction magazine in 1955, it won the Hugo Award in 1956, and provided the inspiration for a well-known Christmas episode of The Twilight Zone in the 80s.  Thought provoking in Clarke's inimitable style, we join a group of space travellers on a mission far from home...If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):2001: A Space Odyssey - https://amzn.to/3dKsFEO   Childhood's End - https://amzn.to/31pBVt6   The City and the Stars - https://amzn.to/3dKYtsZFilms2001: A Space Odyssey - https://amzn.to/35cfR6e     Arthur C Clarke Collection: - https://amzn.to/34jZDcd I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, Britt and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 32:16

    To celebrate our 100th episode, we  asked our high tier Patrons to choose a poem, and they have selected Samuel Taylor Coleridge's masterwork "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."  A Tale of life, death, tragedy, and consequences, this is an expansive story as told to an unwitting wedding guest by the ancient mariner himself.If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, and get access to exclusive Patron-only Tales, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - https://amzn.to/3GnLLO0 Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Major Works - https://amzn.to/3rR9phM Kubla Khan: A Pop-Up Version of Coleridge's Classic - https://amzn.to/3Ghg09eI would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, Britt and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Monkey's Paw

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 26:11

    This week, we have a classic short story from W. W. Jacobs, the gothic horror classic "The Monkey's Paw."  After its publication in 1902, it captured the public imagination, and was made into a film five times in the first half of the 20th century.  More recently, it provided the inspiration for the Stephen King novel which he said scares him the most, 'Pet Sematary'.  Much like the work it inspired, this Tale still serves as a reminder to be very careful what you wish for...If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):Tales of Hoffman - https://amzn.to/3nmWPECSix German Romantic Tales, by Kleist, Tieck & Hoffman - https://amzn.to/3kGsQppNeil Gaiman's The Sandman Omnibus Vol 1 - https://amzn.to/3kK1gHII would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, Britt and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Sandman - Part 2 (of 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 42:29

    Last week, we learned of the horrific backstory of our protagonist Nathaniel.  Scarred by the death of his father in what would appear to be an accident involving the lawyer Coppelius, he has become convinced that this Coppelius is The Sandman, and worse still, that he has followed him to his university town in the guise of the trader Coppola.  The idea is driving him insane, much to the concern of his love Clara and her brother Lothaire.  Will he continue his dissent into madness?  Is there any truth to the idea of the Sandman twisting his mind?  Or will Clara be able to bring him back from the brink? If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):Tales of Hoffman - https://amzn.to/3nmWPECSix German Romantic Tales, by Kleist, Tieck & Hoffman - https://amzn.to/3kGsQppNeil Gaiman's The Sandman Omnibus Vol 1 - https://amzn.to/3kK1gHII would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, Britt and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Sandman - Part 1 (of 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 56:14

    This week we bring you the start of the dark fairy tale, "The Sandman," by E. T. A. Hoffman, written originally in German in 1816.  The original legend of the Sandman most likely began in Scandinavia, and told of a benign being who would bring sleep to children by throwing sand in their eyes.  This far darker take on the legend may well have inspired Neil Gaiman's masterful graphic novels, with a Sandman who is anything but child-friendly...  If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):Tales of Hoffman - https://amzn.to/3nmWPEC Six German Romantic Tales, by Kleist, Tieck & Hoffman - https://amzn.to/3kGsQpp Neil Gaiman's The Sandman Omnibus Vol 1 - https://amzn.to/3kK1gHI I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, Britt and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Youth

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 61:05

    For this week's Tale, we have a short story from the master of science of fiction, Isaac Asimov.  Published first in 1952 in Space Science Fiction it is an unusual story for Asimov, in that it concerns aliens.  For most of his career, Asimov focussed on humanity and its future in his science fiction, having had an alien story rejected early in his career.  He did break that rule for "The Gods Themselves" to great critical acclaim, but still, 'Youth' remains an outlier with its story of alien encounter. If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):I, Robot - https://amzn.to/3byhb6wThe Complete Foundation Series: Books 1-7- https://amzn.to/3qKqEhAIsaac Asimov: The Complete Stories Vol. 1 - https://amzn.to/2Mkx0FyThe Positronic Man - https://amzn.to/3boQr8AFilmsI, Robot - https://amzn.to/3dCHuv5 Bicentennial Man - https://amzn.to/3qLvRFN   I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, Britt and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Vampyre

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 47:15

    This week, still in the Halloween spirit, we bring you what is widely regarded as the first modern vampire Tale, a short story called 'The Vampyre' by John Polidori.  It is notable as the second most famous piece of literature to come out of the legendary ghost story competition held between Byron and Shelley and their friends over a wet weekend on the shores of Lake Geneva.  That contest gave us 'Frankenstein' as well as this, the first story to fuse together various and disparate folk tales of the vampyre and the undead, and give us a modern narrative that would go on to inspire Bram Stoker and a host of other gothic horror writers.  If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast): The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre - https://amzn.to/2ZNSrVz Vampire Classics (Illustrated) - https://amzn.to/3CHDrHt The Diary of Dr. John William Polidori - https://amzn.to/3CFFUlT FilmsBram Stoker's Dracula - https://amzn.to/3bAMa2lInterview with the Vampire - https://amzn.to/3EzmuiUI would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Cade Norman, Chris, Britt and Silja Tanner.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Pit and the Pendulum

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 42:39

    We return, this Halloween week, to the twisted imagination of one of our favourite writers here at The Well Told Tale, Edgar Allan Poe.  Unlike many of his other gothic Tales, his focus in this short story is not on the fantastic, or the phantasmagorical, but the terrifying reality with which the protagonist is presented.  Published at the end of 1842, 'The Pit and the Pendulum' is a re-imagining of the horrors that faced those persecuted by the Spanish Inquisition.  What it lacks in historical fact, it makes up for in spine-tingling terror...If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Pit and the Pendulum - https://amzn.to/3jFwgIxEdgar Allan Poe: The Ultimate Collection - https://amzn.to/3baXKASThe Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe - https://amzn.to/3jXvjvpFilmsThe Pit and the Pendulum (1961) - https://amzn.to/3nAWZaqThe Pit and the Pendulum (1991) - https://amzn.to/3bcQ15wI would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Chris and Britt.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Just So Stories - Elephant, Kangaroo & Armadillo

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 37:54

    This week, we again bring you three Tales in one - three of Rudyard Kipling's 'Just So' stories. Kipling used to tell these fanciful origin stories to his daughter every night, and she would insist that he told them each time in the same way, 'just so.'  We have already heard about the camel, the whale and the rhinoceros; after these three there will be another six we may come back to, but for now, let us hear 'The Elephant's Child', 'The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo' and 'The Beginning of the Armadillos'.If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):Just So Stories - https://amzn.to/2PoZ0suThe Jungle Book - https://amzn.to/3sirWRRKim - https://amzn.to/2PpSK40FilmsThe Jungle Book (animated) - https://amzn.to/2P26LF8Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994) - https://amzn.to/39b2xSsI would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi, Chris and Britt.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Triplanetary - Part 8 (of 8)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 106:11

    This week sees the conclusion of 'Triplanetary.'  Humanity has developed a supership to see off the Nevian threat by using elements of Nevian technology, and sent it off deep into space.  Unexpectedly, the supership has travelled deep into space and encountered Roger, the space pirate we met at the start of this adventure, rebuilding his planetoid.  Meanwhile, our heroes Clio, Costigan and Bradley are captives on Nevia as zoo animals, but Clio and Bradley have been seized again.  Can they escape?  Can the supership stand up to Roger and the space pirates?  And will how will the situation between the Nevians and humanity conclude?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleIf you're looking for my full length audiobooks, please visit: www.thewelltoldtale.netBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):Triplanetary -  https://amzn.to/37NollRFirst Lensman - https://amzn.to/3yW1II6Galactic Patrol - https://amzn.to/3iUhSw4The Skylark of Space - https://amzn.to/3ANEuEv I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Ruairi and Britt.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Triplanetary - Part 7 (of 8)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 65:29

    We have reached the penultimate episode of 'Triplanetary', the opening of the seminal 'Lensman' saga.  We join the action on two fronts - Clio, Costigan and Bradley are frantically trying to escape the Nevians in a small craft.  Meanwhile, back on Earth, the Triplanetary service has been trying analyse Nevian technology, and are on the brink of launching their super ship.  But will it be enough to redress the balance?  If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleIf you're looking for my full length audiobooks, please visit: www.thewelltoldtale.netBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):Triplanetary -  https://amzn.to/37NollRFirst Lensman - https://amzn.to/3yW1II6Galactic Patrol - https://amzn.to/3iUhSw4The Skylark of Space - https://amzn.to/3ANEuEv I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Triplanetary - Part 6 (of 8)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 40:45

    Last time, our heroes managed to escape their captors, the Nevians, but they are still stuck on Nevia itself.  They are stranded on a spaceship with a damaged hull.  How will they escape?  And even if they can, what chance does humanity have against such an advanced species?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleIf you're looking for my full length audiobooks, please visit: www.thewelltoldtale.netBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):Triplanetary -  https://amzn.to/37NollRFirst Lensman - https://amzn.to/3yW1II6Galactic Patrol - https://amzn.to/3iUhSw4The Skylark of Space - https://amzn.to/3ANEuEv I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Triplanetary - Part 5 (of 8)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 37:34

    Last week, our heroes finally met the Nevians, the utterly alien lizard-like race from far across the stars.  They are seeking iron, and won't let anything - not even the Triplanetary League - get in their way.  Costigan, Clio and Bradley are still set on escape, but how will they find a way out as they hurtle ever deeper into Nevian space?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleIf you're looking for my full length audiobooks, please visit: www.thewelltoldtale.netBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):Triplanetary -  https://amzn.to/37NollRFirst Lensman - https://amzn.to/3yW1II6Galactic Patrol - https://amzn.to/3iUhSw4The Skylark of Space - https://amzn.to/3ANEuEv I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Triplanetary - Part 4 (of 8)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 42:09

    Last week, there was a revelation.  A distant alien race, the Nevians, has made contact, with devastating consequences, putting the battles between the Triplanetary League and space pirates into perspective.  This week, we find out more about the new arrivals.  Will we find out what happened to our heroes,  Costigan, Clio and Captain Bradley, who were caught up in the sudden appearance of the Nevians?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleIf you're looking for my full length audiobooks, please visit: www.thewelltoldtale.netBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):Triplanetary -  https://amzn.to/37NollRFirst Lensman - https://amzn.to/3yW1II6Galactic Patrol - https://amzn.to/3iUhSw4The Skylark of Space - https://amzn.to/3ANEuEv I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Triplanetary - Part 3 (of 8)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 25:44

    Last time, our heroes managed to escape the artificial planet belonging to the space pirate Gray Rogers, only to fall prey to a more mighty, unknown force.  This week, we leave their narrative behind and instead, we will follow the hunt for them. Will other agents of the Triplanetary League find the pirate planetoid?  Will they fall prey to the same force?  Will they find Costigan, Clio and Captain Bradley?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleIf you're looking for my full length audiobooks, please visit: www.thewelltoldtale.netBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):Triplanetary -  https://amzn.to/37NollRFirst Lensman - https://amzn.to/3yW1II6Galactic Patrol - https://amzn.to/3iUhSw4The Skylark of Space - https://amzn.to/3ANEuEv I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Triplanetary - Part 2 (of 8)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 37:09

    Last week, we began our space opera adventure with agent of the Triplanetary League, Conway Costigan.  The liner he was on was attacked by space pirates, and the few survivors were kidnapped and taken to meet Roger, the leader of this criminal gang.  He was not what they were expecting - is there more to him than meets the eye?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleIf you're looking for my full length audiobooks, please visit: www.thewelltoldtale.netBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):Triplanetary -  https://amzn.to/37NollRFirst Lensman - https://amzn.to/3yW1II6Galactic Patrol - https://amzn.to/3iUhSw4The Skylark of Space - https://amzn.to/3ANEuEv  I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Triplanetary - Part 1 (of 8)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 38:31

    This week, we begin a new Tale, a science fiction novel from the critically acclaimed father of space opera, E. E. 'Doc' Smith. 'Triplanetary' was originally published in parts in Amazing Stories in 1934, but following the success of his 'Lensman' series, Smith reworked this novel with a long prologue to form a prequel to the series.  Staying true to the original novel, we will be following the adventures of Conway Costigan as he and his friends battle with nefarious space pirates who are more than they appear to be.You can find the prologue here as 'Book 1' and 'Book 2', before our Tale starts at 'Book 3'. If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleIf you're looking for my full length audiobooks, please visit www.thewelltoldtale.net Books - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):Triplanetary -  https://amzn.to/37NollR First Lensman - https://amzn.to/3yW1II6 Galactic Patrol - https://amzn.to/3iUhSw4 The Skylark of Space - https://amzn.to/3ANEuEv   I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Tunnel Under the World

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 72:45

    This week, we bring you a Tale by one of the lesser known greats of 1950s science fiction, Frederik Pohl.  "The Tunnel Under the World" first appeared in Galaxy magazine in 1955, which Pohl himself would go on to edit from 1959 to 1969.  His career spanned nearly 75 years and saw him win many awards for his writing, including novels and, shortly before his death, his blog.  He won four Hugo awards and three Nebula awards, winning both for his seminal 1977 novel "Gateway". In this short story, Guy Burckhardt awakes after a horrible dream to find not everything in his small town is how he remembered it...If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):Platinum Pohl: The Collected Best Stories - https://amzn.to/37BDKpj Gateway - https://amzn.to/3yG9xkP Beyond the Blue Event Horizon - https://amzn.to/3CHqWfm  I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Beauty and the Beast

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 35:42

    Today, our story is another classic fairy tale, 'Beauty and the Beast'.  Although it has taken inspiration from much older stories, like the myth of Psyche and Cupid, it first appeared in print after Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve wrote a version.  It became more famous still when the author of many French fairy tales and morality stories, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, abridged this earlier version, and gave us the Tale we read today.  There are some notable differences between this story and the famous Disney version - for example, a Cinderella-esque inclusion of some ugly sisters - but it will delight fans of Disney and lovers of original fairy tales alike.If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):Beauty and the Beast -  https://amzn.to/3fNx5gz The Classic Fairy Tales - https://amzn.to/3fuqCa4 The Tale of Cupid and Psyche - https://amzn.to/3jmolyL  Films & TVBeauty and the Beast (animated) - https://amzn.to/3xpvkvV  Beauty and the Beast (live action) - https://amzn.to/3yoWYdI Beauty and the Beast - The Complete TV Series - https://amzn.to/37h704v  I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Colour Out of Space - Part 2 (of 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 39:28

    Last week, we learned of the horrors that befell the Gardner farm after a meteorite landed near its well, emitting a strange colour that defied description.  The produce has grown large, taking on this same strange colour, but is foul to the taste.  The animals are growing grey and brittle, falling apart, and the trees sway even when there is no wind.  The Gardner family have gone missing, mad, or died, leaving only Nahum Gardner.  What fate will befall him?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft -  https://amzn.to/2HdS1PDH. P. Lovecraft: Tales of Horror - https://amzn.to/36OnMriFilms & TVColor Out of Space - https://amzn.to/2ILRyoi The Dunwich Horror (1970) - https://amzn.to/3pCrlcC   Reanimator - https://amzn.to/3eIM7Ud I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Colour Out of Space - Part 1 (of 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 42:37

    This week, we journey once again into the nightmarish world of H. P. Lovecraft with his sci-fi work from 1927, "The Colour Out Of Space".  This was Lovecraft's own personal favourite of his short stories, and one of the best examples of his particular blend of science fiction and horror.   As with many of his stories, it is as much about what you don't see as what you do.  How can you avoid a horror you cannot describe?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale Books - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast): The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft -  https://amzn.to/2HdS1PD H. P. Lovecraft: Tales of Horror - https://amzn.to/36OnMri Films & TVColor Out of Space - https://amzn.to/2ILRyoi  The Dunwich Horror (1970) - https://amzn.to/3pCrlcC   Reanimator - https://amzn.to/3eIM7Ud  I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Island of Dr. Moreau - Part 6 (of 6)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 58:57

    This week, we have the finale of 'The Island of Dr. Moreau' by H. G. Wells.  Moreau is dead, killed by his own creations, who appear to be devolving back into their beast-like nature.  Prendick and Montgomery have survived for now, but will they manage to escape?  If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Island of Dr. Moreau - https://amzn.to/3py4U8GThe Complete Novels of H. G. Wells - https://amzn.to/3zmo9qyThe Island of Dr. Moreau: An Interactive Adventure - https://amzn.to/3v8ALhmFilmsThe Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) - https://amzn.to/3v2h76PThe Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) - https://amzn.to/3wdv03uThe Time Machine (1960) - https://amzn.to/3x5qwMr I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Island of Dr. Moreau - Part 5 (of 6)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 56:59

    This week, we have the penultimate part of Edward Prendick's nightmare on the island of Dr Moreau.  Last week he was treated to a horrifying explanation of his scientific process.  He also explained the presence of all the creatures on the island - they are the legacy of experiments to make animals more human, and none of them have gone entirely to Moreau's liking.  Prendick still has no means of escape.  Will he fall in line the way Montgomery did and stay on the island?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Island of Dr. Moreau - https://amzn.to/3py4U8GThe Complete Novels of H. G. Wells - https://amzn.to/3zmo9qyThe Island of Dr. Moreau: An Interactive Adventure - https://amzn.to/3v8ALhmFilmsThe Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) - https://amzn.to/3v2h76PThe Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) - https://amzn.to/3wdv03uThe Time Machine (1960) - https://amzn.to/3x5qwMr I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Island of Dr. Moreau - Part 4 (of 6)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 36:07

    Our protagonist, Edward Prendick, has escaped the clutches of Dr. Moreau and his assistant Montgomery and is on the run.  Not only does he have the mad scientist and his assistant to hide from, but he also has to contend with the beasts created by Dr. Moreau.  Prendick has encountered some of these creations and taken part in the beasts' strange ceremonies.  Could they be more ally than foe?  Could they help him escape?  And where can Prendick escape to? If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Island of Dr. Moreau - https://amzn.to/3py4U8GThe Complete Novels of H. G. Wells - https://amzn.to/3zmo9qyThe Island of Dr. Moreau: An Interactive Adventure - https://amzn.to/3v8ALhmFilmsThe Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) - https://amzn.to/3v2h76PThe Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) - https://amzn.to/3wdv03uThe Time Machine (1960) - https://amzn.to/3x5qwMr I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, Drew Atkins, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Cade Norman and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Island of Dr. Moreau - Part 3 (of 6)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 30:08

    Last week, we left our protagonist, Prendick, on the Island of Dr. Moreau.  Having met the eponymous doctor, Prendick finds he has no choice but to try and escape, but he's on an isolated island, with Moreau, Montgomery, and a host of Dr Moreau's terrifying creations.  How can he possibly get off the island?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Island of Dr. Moreau - https://amzn.to/3py4U8GThe Complete Novels of H. G. Wells - https://amzn.to/3zmo9qyThe Island of Dr. Moreau: An Interactive Adventure - https://amzn.to/3v8ALhmFilmsThe Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) - https://amzn.to/3v2h76PThe Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) - https://amzn.to/3wdv03uThe Time Machine (1960) - https://amzn.to/3x5qwMr I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, Drew Atkins, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Cade Norman and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Island of Dr. Moreau - Part 2 (of 6)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 55:56

    Last week, we left our protagonist, Edward Prendick, adrift on the ocean once more.  Having been rescued from a shipwreck by unusual medical man Montgomery, he has been abandoned in a dinghy after a fight with the crew.  Thankfully, he is near land - the mysterious island that Montgomery and his strange menagerie were heading for.  Making it to the island is Prendick's only chance for survival.  But what strange things await him there?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Island of Dr. Moreau - https://amzn.to/3py4U8GThe Complete Novels of H. G. Wells - https://amzn.to/3zmo9qyThe Island of Dr. Moreau: An Interactive Adventure - https://amzn.to/3v8ALhmFilmsThe Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) - https://amzn.to/3v2h76P The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) - https://amzn.to/3wdv03uThe Time Machine (1960) - https://amzn.to/3x5qwMr I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, Drew Atkins, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher, Cade Norman and Ruairi.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Island of Dr. Moreau - Part 1 (of 6)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 39:00

    This week, we return to one of our favourite writers here at The Well Told Tale, the grandfather of science fiction, H. G. Wells, and his classic, 'The Island of Dr. Moreau'.  As with many of his books - a number of which we've covered on the podcast - this is a foundational classic in its own sub genre.  In addition to being a thrilling Tale, it deals with some profound themes - how far is too far when it comes to scientific enquiry..?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Island of Dr. Moreau - https://amzn.to/3py4U8G The Complete Novels of H. G. Wells - https://amzn.to/3zmo9qy The Island of Dr. Moreau: An Interactive Adventure - https://amzn.to/3v8ALhm FilmsThe Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) - https://amzn.to/3v2h76P  The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) - https://amzn.to/3wdv03uThe Time Machine (1960) - https://amzn.to/3x5qwMr I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, Drew Atkins, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Cade Norman.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Little Mermaid

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 56:07

    This week, we have a classic fairy tale from master of the genre Hans Christian Andersen, 'The Little Mermaid'.  This is, of course, a very different story to the famous Disney film of the same name. Enchanting, beguiling, tragic, with hints of the morality tale and an absence of singing crabs, it is indeed a fairy tale, but perhaps more of a literary work than that simple title suggests. If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):Hans Christian Andersen's Complete Fairy Tales - https://amzn.to/3cb8RLf Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales: An Illustrated Classic - https://amzn.to/3vJfcVZ The Little Mermaid (with original illustrations) - https://amzn.to/3wVMf9z FilmsHans Christian Andersen - https://amzn.to/3yUCBWo Disney's The Little Mermaid - https://amzn.to/3uIMqU0  I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, Drew Atkins, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Cade Norman.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    Solomon Kane: Skulls in the Stars

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 28:43

    This week's Tale introduces us to another of Robert E. Howard's foundational epic fantasy characters, Solomon Kane.  This is still a world of sword and sorcery but, arguably, a world closer to our own.  As you'd expect from the creator of Conan, Kane is brooding, lone, and violent, but he has, perhaps, more of a mission in mind than Howard's later hero.  But is his need to rid the world of monsters all that drives him?If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane - https://amzn.to/3bRSXoH The Chronicles of Solomon Kane (graphic novel) - https://amzn.to/3bUaPj5Conan: The Barbarian - Complete Collection - https://amzn.to/341JWWZFilmsSolomon Kane - https://amzn.to/3bWBdITConan the Barbarian (1982) - https://amzn.to/3nMl2lL  I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, Drew Atkins, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Cade Norman.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

    The Alchemist - Part 4 (of 4)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 75:59

    This week, our adventure in the desert comes to an end.  We left our protagonist having reached a desert oasis on his way to the pyramids.  He has had a vision that the oasis will be attacked, and, on his advice, the chief of the oasis has armed his men, but as this breaks with tradition, he has warned the boy that if he is wrong, he will be put to death.  Having finally met the alchemist, will he be able to survive in the desert with the tribes at war?  Will he make it to the pyramids?  And will he finally find his treasure? If you'd like to support The Well Told Tale, please visit us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtaleBooks - (buying anything on Amazon through this link helps support the podcast):The Alchemist - https://amzn.to/3dWNfmXThe Essential Paulo Coelho - https://amzn.to/3nvb3SfThe Alchemist: A Graphic Novel - https://amzn.to/3nugsJb I would like to thank my patrons: Toni A, Joshua Clark, Maura Lee, Jane, Drew Atkins, John Bowles, Glen Thrasher and Cade Norman.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thewelltoldtale)

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