19th Century AD Audiobooks

The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

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by John Kendrick Bangs
21 minutes, 41 seconds
Unabridged Christmas Ghost Story
1894

John Kendrick Bangs

A humorous ghost story in which a particularly damp apparition appears on Christmas Eve.

“Far be it from me to be impolite to a woman, madam, but I’m hanged if it wouldn’t please me better if you’d stop these infernal visits of yours to this house. Go sit out on the lake, if you like that sort of thing; soak the water-butt, if you wish; but do not, I implore you, come into a gentleman’s house and saturate him and his possessions in this way. It is damned disagreeable.”

Performed by Susie Berneis.



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The Romance of Certain Old Clothes

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

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by Henry James
44 minutes, 35 seconds
Unabridged Fantasy/Horror Story
1868

James

The first ghost story of Henry James, and was part of a gothic literature revival in the 1880s. First appeared in The Atlantic Monthly. Performed by Susie Berneis.



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The Masque of the Red Death

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

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by Edgar Allan Poe
16 minutes, 27 seconds
Unabridged Horror Story
1842

Poe

What’s a Prince to do when his people are dying of plague? Why, wall himself off with a thousand other nobles and throw a masquerade ball, of course!

Silly prince. Doesn’t he know he’s in an Edgar Allan Poe story?
Narrated by Alex Wilson.



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Darkness

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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by Lord Byron
5 minutes, 19 seconds
Unabridged Narrative Poem
1816

Lord Byron

In which our hero, the most Romantic of all the Romantic poets, takes on the end of the world.

Written in Geneva, Switzerland in the summer of 1816, when Byron, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and John Polidori spent their evenings telling each other ghost stories. The resulting tales included Shelley’s Frankenstein, Polidori’s creation of the vampire/vampyre genre (based on a novel fragment of Byron’s), and this gloomy, speculative verse.

Read by Alex Wilson.



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Told After Supper

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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by Jerome K Jerome
1 hour, 2 minutes
Unabridged Humor/Ghost/Christmas Novella
1891

Jerome K Jerome

A Christmas mystery story where even the narrator can’t be trusted to stay sober or keep his clothes on.

“There must be something ghostly in the air of Christmas–something about the close, muggy atmosphere that draws up the ghosts, like the dampness of the summer rains brings out the frogs and snails.”

Performed by Susie Berneis and Robert Bethune.



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The Prisoner of Chillon

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

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by Lord Byron
22 minutes
Unabridged Longform Narrative Poem
1816

Lord Byron

The story-poem about Francois Bonivard, a 16th century monk imprisoned in the Chateau de Chillon.

Read by Alex Wilson.



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The Star

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

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by H G Wells
30 minutes, 18 seconds
Unabridged Science Fiction Story
1897

Wells

One hundred and one years before the films Armegeddon and Deep Impact entered U.S. theaters, the father of modern science fiction scared the crap out of Victorian London with this, the first of such death-from-above science fiction tales. Read by Alex Wilson.


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About Magnanimous-Incident Literature

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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by Mark Twain
16 minutes, 7 seconds
Unabridged Humor/Storytelling/Essay
1878

Twain

Twain proposes some realistic sequels to three common morality tales.

Read by Alex Wilson.


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The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

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by Edgar Allan Poe
27 minutes, 01 seconds
Unabridged Horror / Science Fiction
1835

Poe

What happens when you hypnotize a person in the moments before he dies? The story that began as a hoax (it was first published without the “fiction” label) is one of the first modern science fiction tales.

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Young Goodman Brown

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

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by Nathaniel Hawthorne
38 minutes, 54 seconds
Unabridged Short Fiction
1835

Young Goodman Brown

A puritan confronts witches, the devil, and his own morality in the spooky, Salem woods in this classic American short story.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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