Monthly Archives: December 2018

1830 – Mary Shelley’s The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck



Nobody ever really talks about Mary Shelley’s later novels. There’s a reason for that.

Sources:
Mary Shelly, The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck
Erin L Webster Garrett, “The politics of ambivalence: romance, history, and gender in Mary W. Shelley’s Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck.” CLIO, vol. 37, no. 1, 2007. http://link.galegroup.com.proxy.lib.umich.edu/apps/doc/A174818260/AONE.

Music:
“Fiddles McGinty” by Kevin MacLeod
“Wave in the Atmosphere” by Dan Lebowitz
“Lord of the Land” by Kevin MacLeod
“Touching Moment” by Wayne Jones
“I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor” by Chris Zabriskie

This episode features the voices of Steven Nelson and Mary Shelly.

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1829 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust



Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s novel, The Sorrows of Werther, is one of the most important texts in the romanticist movement, and is one of only three books with which Frankenstein’s creature learns how to read, alongside Plutarch’s Lives and Paradise Lost. But it’s not even the most interesting of Goethe’s books to put up alongside Frankenstein. Come sign this contract and listen to the story of Goethe’s Faust.

Sources:
Goethe, The Sorrows of Wertherhttps://www.gutenberg.org/files/2527/2527-h/2527-h.htm
Goethe, Faust Parts I and IIhttps://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/German/Fausthome.php
The English Faust Book of 1592: https://books.google.com/books?id=oCsTAAAAQAAJ&dq=editions%3A4xkVCT46NXQC&pg=PR1#v=onepage&q&f=false
Christopher Marlowe, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustushttps://www.gutenberg.org/files/779/779-h/779-h.htm

Music:
“Dreams Become Real” by Kevin MacLeod
“Undercover Vampire Policeman” by Chris Zabriskie
“Me and the Devil” by Robert Johnson

Audio clips:
The Twilight Zone, Season 4 Episode 9, “Printer’s Devil”. Written by Charles Beaumont, directed by Ralph Senensky, and starring Robert Sterling and Burgess Meredith.
The Simpsons, Season 5, Episode 4, “Treehouse of Horror IV”. Written by Greg Daniels and Dan McGrath, directed by David Silverman, and starring Dan Castellaneta and Harry Shearer.

This episode features the voices of Steven Nelson and Mary Shelly.

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1828 – The Burke and Hare murders



In 1828, Edinburgh University was the premier institution of medical science in the English speaking world. That created a demand for dead bodies to be dissected. Two enterprising Irish immigrants, William Burke and William Hare, saw an opportunity to go into business, and so became the United Kingdom’s first celebrity serial killers.

Sources:
The story of Burke and Hare is adapted from Lisa Rosner’s The Anatomy Murders, published by The University of Pennsylvania press in 2010: http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/14677.html
The short stories “Some Terrible Letters from Scotland,” “The Red Man,” “Post-Mortem Reflections of a Medical Lecturer,” and “The Victim” are all collected in The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre, published by Oxford University Press in 2008: https://global.oup.com/ukhe/product/the-vampyre-and-other-tales-of-the-macabre-9780199552412
The trailer for John Landis’s 2010 film, Burke and Hare can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE7KvAyVnbw

Music:
“The Graveyard” by Loyalty Freak Music
“Cold Funk” by Kevin MacLeod
“Ambiment” by Kevin MacLeod

This episode features the voices of Steven Nelson and Mary Shelly, and Andrew Ramsay as Sir Walter Scott. Andrew can be found at 5by12films.com

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1827 – Jane Webb’s The Mummy!



Much like Mary Shelley, Jane Webb was a teenager mourning a death in her family when she decided to write her first novel. And much like Frankenstein, that novel laid the foundation for many features of science fiction. But The Mummy! is more than just an imitation…

Sources:
Jane Webb Loudon, The Mummy! unabridged from Project Gutenberg: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/56426
Jane Webb Loudon, The Mummy! edited and with an introduction by Alan Rauch: https://www.amazon.com/Mummy-Twenty-Second-Century-Arbor-Paperbacks/dp/0472065742/ref=sr_1_1
Bruce Ware Allen, “Jane Webb Loudon” in A History Bloghttp://ahistoryblog.com/2012/07/24/jane-webb-loudon-1807-1858/
SJ Chambers, “The Corpse of the Future” in Clarkesworldhttp://clarkesworldmagazine.com/chambers_12_12/

Music:
“Shattered Paths” by Aakash Gandhi
We Always Thought the Future Would Be Kind of Fun” by Chris Zabriskie
“Impending Boom” by Kevin MacLeod
“Cold Funk” by Kevin MacLeod
“I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor” by Chris Zabriskie

This episode features the voices of Curtis Matzke and Ellie Schwartz.

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