May 28, 2020
"What will Danehower see?"
My favorite American person of letters is, by far and away, Mr. Ambrose Bierce. He has eluded presentation on this series before today. We'll have to rectify this. Bierce was an amazing talent, far ahead of his time, a writer, journalist, poet, and one of the finest cynical minds ever created by an indifferent deity. Here he is at the height of his powers, reporting on a young naval lieutenant who arrived home after being trapped on a Russian ice flow for two years.
April 14, 2014
"The vicarage is bad indeed, as bad as any vicarage in Christendom. But
the vicar whose sinecure it is is, shall we say, a fair to middling
vicar. I would not call him good, but he is by no means as bad as the
Bad Vicar of old.”
Not for the faint of heart, Mr. Key's spine tingling tale of a monstrous vicar of old and the evil that he wrought!
It was high time we did a Frank Key piece here, and this tickled my fancy when it was written two years ago.
April 13, 2012
The following amusing, short piece was written by Mr. Terry Bisson and first published in Omni Magazine in April of 1991. This story was nominated for a Nebula Award
The full text is available on East of the Web, HERE. Please give it a read.
April 10, 2012
I'll make no bones about it, Mr. Joe R. Lansdale is one of my favorite writers, bar none. I had wanted to screw up the courage to ask permission to record a shorter piece of his for a very long time now, but didn't know how to go about it. Well, sometimes, you just have to ask, I reckon. Mr. Lansdale very graciously gave me permission to put this shorter piece up (recently available on the "free stories!" section of his website, but out of rotation now). I love this short story. Like a lot of Joe's stuff, full of melancholy, observations about life and not a little bit of humor. I hope I didn't screw it up. Thank you, Mr. Lansdale!
THE WINDSTORM PASSES, copyright, 1986. Recorded with permission of the author.
If you like Joe's stories, I recommend EDGE OF DARK WATER, recently published, which I just picked up. It's a cracking good read.
February 3, 2012
In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdon Anderson, and requested that he come back to work on his farm. Jourdon — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way of the letter seen below (a letter which, according to newspapers at the time, he dictated). As a postscript, it turns out that Jourdon and Mandy lived to a ripe old age, and had 11 children! Nothing is recorded as to whether they ever visited Tennessee again.
July 27, 2011
An unintended Frank Key double header tonight.. as Frank commented on Facebook that he would like to hear me recite THE CRUEL SEA, which is a long string of tortured adjectives from the Hooting Yard website. Without further, ado, we present:
July 27, 2011
We've been missing the work of Mr. Frank Key here at Airy Persiflage, and the arrival of a recent Hooting Yard podcast suggested the perfect piece to perform with Young Gar. With Mr. Key's kind permission, we present a dialogue between Signor Ploppo, a man of parts, and Ambrose, a cunning and curd-hungry member of the avian family.
July 18, 2011
In this humorous (and cautionary) tale, Matthew Grigg spins a story of a man, a duck, a cat and a toaster, and what this all has to do with Buttered Bagels. Enjoy
May 5, 2011
Another visit with our favorite hard living surrealist from across the Atlantic, Mr. Frank Key. this is from his work IMPUGNED BY A PEASANT, and can be found for sale on the Hooting Yard website. As you can see from the number of times we have read Mr. Key's work, it's obvious we hold his literary output in high regard.
In this seemingly random diatribe, the Regime tunes in to give us some excellent tips on how to deal with the embarrassment of hoof-prints on your ceiling.