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Archive for the 'odd stuff' Category

Seeing RED

Friday, January 27th, 2017
Weird Fiction, odd stuff, Horror, Short-Short, SeeingRED | Comments


The Will, by Eoin Flynn

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
spoken word, odd stuff, Sardonic Words | Comments

This is an interesting Irish short story by Mr. Eoin Flynn, written in 2004 and copyright Eoin Flynn.  It's hard to categorize this story.  It seems wistful at first, yet has elements that are downright supernatural towards the end, even a bit of a horror story, even.  Who needs a category, eh?

This is a short read to test my new pop filter (which worked) but I was recording late-ish and it's not my best read by far.  My attempts to lapse into a Gaelic accent are awful, but I was game to give it a go.


Walter O'Hara

On the Bad Vicarage, by Mr. Frank Key, read by Walt O’Hara

Monday, April 14th, 2014
spoken word, odd stuff, Humor, Sardonic Words | Comments

"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.

Lemmings by Richard Matheson

Sunday, December 15th, 2013
spoken word, Weird Fiction, odd stuff, Richard Matheson | Comments

This tiny little story is by one of my favorite writers to ever grace the tiny screen, Mr. Richard Matheson, who passed away on June 23rd of this year (2013).  Matheson was perhaps the finest writer for television of the 20th century; many famous Twilight Zones bear his mark, including the famous Nightmare at 50,000 Feet (the original).  

Written as a parable about nuclear war, it was not received well, and in some jurisdictions people actually wanted it banned.  I rather like the darkly ironic tone and imagery of this short-short piece.  I have always read it very differently from the author's intent, and took the allegory as  representing the madness of popular culture.  Go figure!
BUST, by Jennifer Pashley

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
spoken word, odd stuff | Comments

Jennifer Pashley's enigmatic story is published HERE.  All rights reserved.

I liked it.  Short, and with a mordant twist at the end. 

A Feline Portion of Jubilate Agno, by Christopher Smart

Friday, May 4th, 2012
spoken word, odd stuff, poetry, God, Cats | Comments

Jubilate Agno (Latin, "Rejoice in the Lamb") is a religious "list" poem by Christopher Smart, and was written between 1759 and 1763, during Smart's confinement for insanity in St. Luke's Hospital, Bethnal Green, London. The poem was first published in 1939, under the title Rejoice in the Lamb: A Song from Bedlam, edited by W. F. Stead from Smart's manuscript, which Stead had discovered in a private library.

Perhaps the most repeated and cited portions of of Jubilate Agno concern themselves with the unique affection Smart had for his cat Jeoffry, which is repeated here.


Music bumps at front and end are from the Gregorian Chant "Christus Factus Est", taken from the Old Time Radio Free Podcast collection

The crucifixion considered as an Uphill Bicycle Race, by Alfred Jarry

Saturday, January 7th, 2012
odd stuff, Surrealism, Sardonic Words, Ubu Roi | Comments


French proto-absurdist playwright Alfred Jarry was a lifelong cycling enthusiast. He habitually wore cycle-racing clothes, referring to his bicycle as "that which rolls."  That is Mr. Jarry himself in the picture above.

Background Music: Max Ernst's Red Nightmare by Rubber Band Banjo.  Used under Creative Commons.

Ambrose and Signor Ploppo

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
spoken word, odd stuff, Surrealism, Humor, Sardonic Words | Comments

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.


How the Old World Died, by Harry Harrison

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
spoken word, Weird Fiction, odd stuff, Science Fiction | Comments

How the Old World Died by Harry Harrison

A self-replicating machine is, as the name suggests, an artificial self-replicating system that relies on conventional large-scale technology and automation. Certain idiosyncratic terms are occasionally found in the literature. For example, the term "clanking replicator" was once used by Drexler[3] to distinguish macroscale replicating systems from the microscopic nanorobots or "assemblers" that nanotechnology may make possible, but the term is informal and is rarely used by others in popular or technical discussions. Replicators have also been called "von Neumann machines" after mathemetician John von Neumann, who first rigorously studied the idea.

In this short story, Harry Harrison depicts a future in a world transformed by Von Neumann machines.

Story: Harry Harrison published as This is how the world ended – and this is what will happen next! in the October 1964 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction.

Read by: Walter O'Hara

Illustration: Walter O'Hara

Hoofprint Advice, by Frank Key

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
odd stuff, Surrealism, Humor, Sardonic Words | Comments

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.