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Archive for the 'spoken word' Category


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.

V/R

Walter O'Hara

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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.”

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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.

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Born of Man and Woman, by Richard Matheson, read by Walter O’Hara

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
spoken word, Science Fiction, Sardonic Words | Comments



Born of Man and Woman is not a pleasant story, as it depicts a child born a hideous monster in our eyes, kept chained in the cellar by his parents, where he is beaten and abused regularly.   It is, however, a memorable one, written by one of my favorite writers in the short story form, Richard Matheson, who is perhaps more famous for his television work on the Twilight Zone and other famous shows.  This is my second short-short SF piece in a row by Mr. Matheson, I'm on something of a Matheson kick recently, having just read STEEL AND OTHER STORIES, where I picked up Lemmings, the previous story. 

Born of Man and Woman is a story I read as a younger teenager-- probably 13 or so, and I recall it being in one of those Science Fiction Hall of Fame anthologies edited by Robert Silverberg.  It's one of those stories that sticks with you.. Matheson paints a vivid picture of the unnamed child's suffering by having him recount events in a broken journal form.  At the end of the story, you have to ask yourself who the real monsters are.
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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!
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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. 



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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.

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

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“We are Coming by Day and by Night”

Saturday, April 28th, 2012
spoken word, History, WW2 | Comments

This is a slight deviation from what I normally put up on Airy Persiflage.  This post is  a reading of the text of a leaflet dropped on Nazi Germany by RAF  bombers in the Summer of 1942.  Although famed Strategic Bomber visionary Arthur "Bomber" Harris signed it, he subsequently denied its authorship.

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I apologize for not attempting this in a proper British accent; it did seem called for considering the subject matter.  However, my first attempt was so comical I thought it took away from the sense of the piece!

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A Hooting Yard tribute

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
spoken word, Weird Fiction, Surrealism, Sardonic Words | Comments

Past followers of Airy Persiflage (and oddly enough there might be a few), probably realize we are great fans of the rambling discourse of Mr. Frank Key, of HOOTING YARD fame, and the author of several fine monographs which have occasionally contributed material for audio reads here on Persiflage.  Mr. Key has been kind enough to say some nice words about Airy Persiflage on the Hooting Yard, I was honored to hear the encomiums continue on a recent broadcast of Hooting Yard on Resonance FM 104 in the United Kingdom.  Mr. Key played the version of Ambrose and Mister Ploppo we recorded on 27 July 2011.  I was honored to be included!

Here is the relevant link:

HOOTING YARD APRIL 22 SHOW

From what I hear on the recording, other segments of Hooting Yard material we have recorded may show up on Resonance FM in the near future.

They’re Made Out Of Meat, by Terry Bisson

Friday, April 13th, 2012
spoken word, Humor, Science Fiction | Comments

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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.

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The Windstorm Passes, by Joe R. Lansdale

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
spoken word, Weird Fiction, Humor, Sardonic Words, Texas | Comments

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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.

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