A monthly podcast of classic short fiction...
Welcome to the online home of Back of the Bookshelf, a monthly podcast of classic short fiction narrated by author, C.J. Carter-Stephenson. Our mission... to shine a light into the shadows of the past in search of neglected gems. There are no restrictions about setting, theme or genre; the only qualification here is quality, though as the name suggests, the emphasis is on books that tend to be pushed to the back of the shelf, rather than bestsellers.
Prepare to encounter lesser known works by literary giants like Mary Shelley and Guy de Maupassant, and be transported to the fantastical worlds of forgotten pioneers of genre fiction. Episodes go live on the first day of each month and can be viewed or listened to according to your preference right here or any of the following platforms: Spotify, iTunes, Libsyn, YouTube, Google Play Music, Fourble, Stitcher, Podtail, Podbay.fm, Player FM, TuneIn, Castbox. The podcast is suitable for all ages, and the best part is, it's absolutely free. All we ask is that you let us know if you enjoy it by liking, subscribing and spreading the word.
The bill of fare as it currently stands is as follows:
Episode 1 - The Disintegration Machine
Released 1st May 2018.
Inaugral episode, featuring a science fiction story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who is, of course, best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. It’s a thrilling adventure starring the brilliant, but hot-tempered Professor Challenger, vividly brought to life by immersive sound effects and a dramatic sensibility.
Episode 2 - The Jewels
Released 1st June 2018.
Next up is a Guy de Maupassant story, thematically similar to his more famous The Necklace, but arguably superior with its multifaceted approach. The characters are easy to relate to and with our carefully selected sound effects you'll almost believe you've stepped back into 19th century Paris.
Episode 3 - Into the Sun
Release date: 1st July 2018.
In episode three, we whisk you away to 19th century San Francisco in an apocalyptic science fiction story from Robert Duncan Milne, originally published in The Argonaut. Fans of classic fiction will find much to endear them in this gripping tale, which features a dramatic balloon ride and a Poe type ending.