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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #165: “The Kit Bag” by Algernon Blackwood

The winter holidays are quickly approaching, so what better time for a quick "Storytime Edition" of the Horrible Imaginings Podcast? "Storytime Edition" episodes are readings of classic horror, Gothic, or paranormal short stories in the public domain. Today's story takes place in the holiday season, though that has little bearing on the horrors within. The title is "The Kit Bag" and it was first published in 1908 in Pall Mall Magazine. The author was Algernon Blackwood, a British author renowned for his prolific collections of weird and supernatural stories.

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Algernon Blackwood portrait by Howard Coster, half-plate film negative, July 1929

What I like about this particular story is that Blackwood makes several asides during the narrative to discuss the nature of fear itself, various stages of fear, and, most importantly, the effects that fear can have on an otherwise rational person. This story is as much about fear killing reason as it is about anything paranormal. But don't worry, there is some paranormal stuff going on! So make some hot chocolate (or some egg nog with bourbon) and enter Blackwood's haunted world with me!

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June 24, 2015 Posted by admin in General

#141: Storytime Edition's The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson

schoonerIt's time for another Storytime Edition! That's right! One of my audiobook-style readings of various types of public domain stories. For today’s Storytime, I’ve chosen William Hope Hodgson’s “The Voice in the Night.”

William Hope Hodgson was a British writer with a penchant for the macabre. He spent a lot of his young life on the open sea, which gave him fuel for a lot of the stories he would write. After listening to "The Voice in the Night," you can easily find some of his other work like "The Boats of the Glen Carrig," "The House on the Borderland," or "The Night Land." His life was cut short during WWI, when he was the young age of 40.

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Can you guess which of my favorite films adapted this short story? Listen to find out!

Also check out the other Storytime Edition episodes here!

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