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  • The Curse of the Yig | H. P. Lovecraft,Zelia Bishop

    The Curse of the Yig

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft, Zelia Bishop
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    H.P. Lovecraft collaborated with Zealia Bishop to craft this short story of the curse of Yig, a cousin of Quetzalcoatl. The next time you are tempted to squash that garter snake or run over a rattler, you will think twice after listening to this chilling tale.

    J Hawkins says: "Above Average Lovecraft"
  • Fishead | Irvin S. Cobb

    Fishead

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Irvin S. Cobb
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    First published in 1913, "Fishhead" by Irwin S. Cobb takes place at real Reelfoot Lake, the largest lake south of the Ohio line mostly in Tennessee but extending up across what is now the Kentucky line. The protagonist, Fishhead, a halfbreed lives alone by his choice and by the choice of his neighbors because of his deformity that causes his head to resemble a fish. This story was written in 1913, and the narrators chosen to leave the N-word in as part of the narration, so please be aware. This is another nery creepy story, that no doubt influenced H.P. Lovecraft.

  • The Witch from Hell's Kitchen | Robert E. Howard

    The Witch from Hell's Kitchen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    He sought the answer to a witch's curse among the very fiends of Hell! First, a dancing girl tried to stab him. Then, a snake sprang at him out of thin air. Finally, a phantom woman appeared in the darkness of his sleeping chamber - wicked, lustful, and seeking his death! It was then that Pyrrhas, the barbarian, knew that a curse was on him - a curse made with a witch-queen that could not be broken until he had followed her to the very nethermost pits of the hell that had spawned her.

  • The Declaration of Independence | Thomas Jefferson

    The Declaration of Independence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Thomas Jefferson
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence announced that the 13 American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as 13 newly independent sovereign states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. Instead they formed a new nation - the United States of America. Narrated by John W. Michaels, a must listen.

    Farmer's wife says: "Should have done this a long time ago!"
  • Darwinian Pool Room | Isaac Asimov

    Darwinian Pool Room

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Four co-workers raise some very interesting questions over lunch regarding Creationism and Evolution. This short Asimmov short story may leave you wondering.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "An Interesting Conversation About The Universe"
  • An Express of the Future | Jules Verne

    An Express of the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    From Boston to Liverpool in a little over four hours? Jules Verne tells us how it might be done.

  • The Thing in the Forest | Bernard Capes

    The Thing in the Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Bernard Capes
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    What sort of sin could a priest commit that would force him to spend the rest of his existence as a werewolf? A village priest by day, but forced to haunt a Hungarian forest at night. The newly wedded wife of a woodsman befriends the fiend, but now has her sin become as great as the cursed priest?

  • The Fun They Had | Isaac Asimov

    The Fun They Had

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    This short story was written for a syndicated newspaper page for children; but Mr. Asimov, like every good writer of children's stories, is talking not only to the children but to all of us. His characters here are young, but the idea hehind the story is as timeless as it is acute.

  • Exile of the Eons | Arthur C. Clarke

    Exile of the Eons

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Imagine if you will, Hitler or a person as evil as Hitler, who instead of crawling into his bunker and dying, goes into his bunker and into suspended animation to return thousands of years later, to meet an exiled human. The being is from a society that is so far advanced, it has done away with war and evil. Imagine also that this other exile can enter the minds of others and is appalled at what he finds in this evil creature. So appalled in fact that he must perform an act totally unknown in the peaceful society he came from.

  • Dagon | H. P. Lovecraft

    Dagon

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    One of H. P. Lovecraft’s earliest works, published in 1917, as we get a picture of his later science fiction. Dagon the fish God inspires the creature that drives the protagonist to madness.

  • The Pacifist | Arthur C. Clarke

    The Pacifist

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    A 1950s supercomputer’s purpose is to help fight battles, but what happens when the pompous general in charge of the project chooses to berate the rather meek and mild "Nerd" Dr. Milquetoast, whose job it is to program the massive machine, is a classic case of getting even.

  • The Last of the Unicorns | Edward D. Hoch

    The Last of the Unicorns

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Edward D. Hoch
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Talk about missing the boat. A charming short story of the last of the unicorns, an explanation of why there are no unicorns with us today.

  • Mother of Toads | Clark Ashton Smith

    Mother of Toads

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By Clark Ashton Smith
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    You can imagine the chagrin of a handsome young man when he wakes up next to the Toad Witch who drugged him the night before and had her way with him.

  • If I Forget Thee Oh Earth | Arthur C. Clarke

    If I Forget Thee Oh Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    He had long wondered what lay outside; and now, Marvin's father was taking him on the long-awaited trip. One that he would never forget.

  • The Gun | Philip K. Dick

    The Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Travelers from another solar system are drawn to a planet because of a nuclear blast on the planet. The only survivor of the blast appears to be an intelligent gun protecting a treasure. Philip K. Dick leaves us asking the question could this planet be ours?

  • Moon Dog | Arthur C. Clarke

    Moon Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Leica was the first dog to travel into space, atop a Soviet rocket. When an astronomer finds a puppy alongside a Pasadena Highway, he names her Leica. Some believe that animals, particularly dogs, can sense an oncoming earthquake. When the big one hits the Bay Area, Leica saves his life. When the astronomer travels to the dark side of the moon, Leica cannot go along, but she will save his life again.

  • Time Fighter | Fritz Leiber

    Time Fighter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 mins)
    • By Fritz Leiber
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    What happens when a swindler meets a science fiction fan? If you are not a science fiction enthusiast yourself you may take for granted that what appeared to happen to George Mercer would be the answer, but is that so certain? Fritz Lieber, very much a part of the history of science fiction, and fantasy raises an interesting possibility in this story of a science fiction con man.

  • A Hitch in Space | Fritz Leiber

    A Hitch in Space

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • By Fritz Leiber
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    A Hitch in Space. Hitch as in hitch hike by Fritz Leiber or hitch as in hiccough - neither is advisable in space.

  • The Cloud of Hate | Fritz Leiber

    The Cloud of Hate

    • UNABRIDGED (38 mins)
    • By Fritz Leiber
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Narrated by John W. Michaels, this short story by Fritz Lieber brings together the forces of pure evil, and two very unlikely heroes: a diminuitive thief and a seven-foot-tall barbarian.

  • The Gettysburg Address | Abraham Lincoln

    The Gettysburg Address

    • UNABRIDGED (2 mins)
    • By Abraham Lincoln
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    Abraham Lincoln delivered what is considered to be the most famous speech ever at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863. There are five known copies of this speech in Lincoln’s handwriting, each with a slightly different text. John W Michaels reads from the Bliss copy which appears on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. In the background we hear the U.S. Army chorus performing the Battle hymn of the Republic.

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