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Archive for the 'Weird Fiction' Category

Seeing RED

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


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!
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:


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.

The Windstorm Passes, by Joe R. Lansdale

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


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.

The Best Christmas EVER by James Patrick Kelly

Monday, December 26th, 2011
Weird Fiction, Christmas, Science Fiction | Comments


The Best Christmas EVER was a Hugo Winning story from 2004, by James Patrick Kelly.

It tells the story of a pivotal Christmas for a man who happens to be the last man on earth.   I found it powerful, fitting for the season, and a little sad.

Enjoy, and Happy Holidays.

The Cruel Sea, by Mr. Frank Key

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
spoken word, Weird Fiction, Humor | Comments

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:


Professor Panini by Matthew Grigg

Monday, July 18th, 2011
spoken word, Weird Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction | Comments


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

One Second Away, by John L. French

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Weird Fiction, Science Fiction | Comments


In One Second Away, the protagonist wrestles with the ethical dimensions of time travel and redemption, and arrives at a surprising, paradoxical conclusion.  Written by John L. French, read by Walter O'Hara

"One Second Away" first appeared in Startling Stories Winter 2010, published by Wildcat Books. Their website is  John L. French is a crime scene supervisor with the Baltimore Police Department Crime Laboratory. As a writer of crime, pulp and horror fiction his stories have appeared in Hardboiled, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, THE DEAD WALK, FLESH AND IRON and other anthologies. He was the consulting editor for Chelsea House’s CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS series for young adults. His latest book is HERE THERE BE MONSTERS, A Bianca Jones Collection. He is the editor of BAD COP, NO DONUT, Tales of Police Behaving Badly. All of John's books are available on or direct from him (signed/inscribed copies) by emailing him at

illustration by Walter O'Hara

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

I Had a Hammer, by Frank Key

Friday, February 4th, 2011
spoken word, Weird Fiction, Surrealism, Humor | Comments


Once again, we visit the twisted world of Mr. Frank Key.  I had planned to do a reading of a dadaist writer that I much revere, but I kept blowing the pronunciation in rehearsal, so back to Mr. Key I went.  It seems fitting, doesn't it?  Frank Key always delivers.  Don't believe me?  Go visit Hooting Yard, you'll see!  Youuuuu'llll seeee!

In this piece, Mr. Key shows us a new twist on an old song.